There are currently in-person or online courses in clinical aromatherapy. All courses are only open to licensed health professionals and massage therapists.
Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (CCAP)
This in-person TAUGHT COURSE is a 280+ hour program to learn how to use 40 essential oils effectively and safely in clinical practice
Clinical Aromatherapy for Hospitals (CAH)
This TAUGHT COURSE is a 12 hour short course open to medical institutions such as hospitals, hospices or long term facilities
Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals ONLINE
This online, 280+ hour course, presents the same materials as the CCAP in-person course. For information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils for specific outcomes that are measurable. These effects can occur at a physical or psychological level. The choice of essential oil is often based on the chemistry of the essential oil, as the chemistry will indicate the properties of the essential oil and thus the safest method of use. The choice of essential oil will also take into consideration the smell likes and dislikes of the patient.
Essential oils are stored inside microscopic secretory stuctures within aromatic plants and are only obtained by a process of distillation or expression. Essential oils are complicated compounds containing up to one hundred different chemical components. Each essential oil is multi-talented – having more than one single property, eg anti-inflammatory, calming or stimulating, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, mildly analgesic etc. There is a science and an art to clinical aromatherapy – much as there is to conventional medicine. Clinical aromatherapy has an important role to play in healthcare.
‘More than anyone other person, Jane Buckle has labored to integrate clinical aromatherapy into hospitals, not as a possible add-on but as a legitimate part of holistic care’. —Dr Oz. MD. Columbia/Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. 2008.
Jane Buckle was approached by Charlotte McGuire, the founder of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) at the AHNA conference in Asheville, NC in 1995 and asked if she would write an aromatherapy course for nurses. The answer was yes! A teacher’s qualification, an MA in Clinical Aromatherapy and a PhD later, the course has been taught to over 2,000 nurses.
This was the course used by the Massachusetts State Board of Nursing (BON) as a blueprint to accept clinical aromatherapy as part of holistic nursing care in 1997 – the first BON to do so. For more about clinical aromatherapy in nursing click here. For more about clinical aromatherapy in hospitals click here.
There are certified RJBA Clinical Aromatherapy instructors across the USA. All instructors are RNs.
RJBA Certified Instructors Kathy Duffy (left) and Barbara Cordell (right)
This is short course is intended for hospitals or other medical facilities wanting to train their staff quickly and safely in clinical aromatherapy. The course is 12 hour class time with 11.25 nursing contact hours, spread over one and half days and is taught by an RJBA Instructor who is a CCAP/RN.
The CAH course has been taught in the following hospitals:
Aleta Lutz VA Medical Centre, Saginaw, MI
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Concord, NC
Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
John T Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY
Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC
St Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT
VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
VA Medical Center, Orange County, NJ
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
The course gives an overview of taxonomy, extraction, chemistry, safety, research, clinical applications and protocols for 6 essential oils. Please see list below.
There is a competency test at the end of the course. This course is not open to individuals. It is only open to medical facilities. For cost and availability, please contact Carol Scheidel, RN at email@example.com.