Aroma 303 is the first of two 300-level aromatherapy Materia Medica courses at ACHS. This course begins the essential oil Materia Medica training, covering half of the oils studied in the two Level Three courses.
Materia Medica includes the therapeutic uses, active constituents, methods of administration, and cautions and contraindications for each of the oils studied; oils are studied alphabetically.
At the successful completion of this course, each student will be able to:
- Identify, discuss, and safely use the organic or wildcrafted essential oils studied, including: Botanical information, identification, sources, historical uses, parts used, cultivation, harvesting, production, characteristics, active constituents, therapeutic actions, medicinal uses, evidence-based uses, household uses, perfumery, recommended doses, cautions and contraindications, regulatory status, and formulas.
- Create lifestyle plans and aromatherapy programs to support optimal health.
- Identify, describe, and discuss appropriate and safe uses of a full range of administrative methods for the oils studied.
- Demonstrate the ability to write a case study and case report on aromatherapy.
- Discuss the concepts in evaluating the validity of aromatherapy research.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform and write an effective Research Review.
- Identify the components of a research paper and the process involved.
- Distinguish between a research paper and an opinion paper.
- Build on skills acquired in Aroma 203 and continue to learn to interpret and evaluate aromatherapy research.
- Understand and discuss research methodology such as research hypothesis, methods of study, variables, measurement of outcomes, placebo effect, control groups, and double blind studies.
- Utilize clinical experiences to direct one's on-going professional education.
Maximum Enrollment: 30 students
The Required Materials cost—including standard shipping within the United States—is $467.97. This includes:
- ACHS eTextbook: Petersen, D. (2015). Aromatherapy Materia Medica: Essential Oil Monographs. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. - $125
(Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $123)
- Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $99
- AROMA 303 Practical Lab Kit (pictured below) - $223.97
The Required Publisher Textbooks & Media*:
- Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine. (5th Ed.). London, UK: Wiley. ISBN# 9781118800966 $49.95 (You should already have this textbook from Aroma 203.)
- Lewith, G., Jonas, W., & Walach, H. (2011). Clinical Research in Complementary Therapies: Principles, Problems, and Solutions. (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders. ISBN# 9780443069567 $88.95 (You should already have this textbook from Aroma 203.)
- Menard, M. (2009). Making Sense of Research: A Guide to Research Literacy for Complementary Practitioners (2nd ed.). Toronto, Canada: Curties-Overzet. ISBN# 9780968525661 $49.95
- Aromatherapy Laminated Chart (2012) 2nd Ed. $7.95
Total Course Price: $975 (3 credits x $325 per credit) + $467.97 Course Pack + $57.90 Textbook = $1500.87
Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.
* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.
- Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
- All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
- Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
- Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading
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Last updated 03/11/16