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Courses for the Online MS in Aromatherapy

The following is projected for students entering the university in 2020-21 and is subject to change.

First year

This course presents the fundamentals of the integrated disciplines of aromatherapy and Maharishi AyurVeda. Students will learn the foundations of prevention-oriented health care in classical Ayurveda, including Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, basic herbology, self-pulse reading and recommendations for diet, exercise and lifestyle. Students will learn how to apply the concepts of Maharishi AyurVeda to aromatherapy in a clinical setting, where students will classify and use essential oils for patient health education, consultations, treatments for holistic health care and prevention. Students will also learn the basic principles, history and different traditions of classical aromatherapy and gain insight into the types of essential oils and their bioactive components, their processes of distillation, manufacturing of essential oils, modes of administration, therapeutic use, results, quality controls, and scientific validation. Note: This course may be waived if a student has completed equivalent training and has passed the course with a B+ minimum grade. (6 credits)
This course presents the history and basic principles of aromatherapy, quality criteria, and quality controls, and their application in Maharishi AyurVeda. In this course, students will learn how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accordance with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda, scientific aromatherapy, and quantum aromatherapy. Topics include properties of essential oils and hydrosols, their effect on the three doshas, their therapeutic effects on the physiology, and indications for common ailments using a first aid kit of 10 essential oils. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. (3 credits). Lab fee: $50. Note: This course may be waived if a student has completed equivalent training and has passed the course with a B+ minimum grade. (3 credits)
This course is designed to impart the fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry for essential oils, such as atomic structure, nomenclature, chemical bonds, molecular weight, valence, basis or organic chemistry, structure of aromatic molecules, radicals, isomers, basis of biochemistry, ligands, chirality, and chemotypes. Students will learn aspects of chemistry and biochemistry required for an understanding of the basis of aromatherapy, as well as the therapeutic effects of aromatic molecules present in essential oils. Topics include the chemical and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules, detailed descriptions of the structure of active chemicals in essential oils, detailed monographs of 60 essential oils, and therapeutic formulas for common diseases. Prerequisite: PH587, PH514. Lab fee: $50. (3 credits)
This course will give students an opportunity to build confidence while applying the knowledge gained in all previous courses in aromatherapy and Maharishi AyurVeda. There will be a total of three (2-week each) on-campus clinical practicums in the MS in Aromatherapy. During the first clinical practicum (offered during Semester 1), students will learn Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis in a clinical setting. During the second clinical practicum, offered during Semester 4, students will get to experience the effect of essential oils on the pulse, participate in discussions of case studies, and learn to prepare soft gels, facial and body creams and other preparations using essential oils and carrier oils suitable for different skin and body types. During the third 2-week clinical practicum (offered during Semester 6), students will conduct supervised aromatherapy consultations on clients in the clinic at MIU. Prerequisite for first clinical practicum: PH587. Prerequisite for the second clinical practicum: PH556. Prerequisite for the third clinical practicum: all courses offered until the offering of this course. (2 credits)

Second year

Students will get a comprehensive essential oil safety guideline through a review of essential oil/drug interactions, and detailed essential oil constituent data about 400 accordance essential oil profiles. Safety to know about using essential oils for the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the urinary system, the digestive system, and the nervous system. For each essential oil, students will get a full breakdown of constituents, and a clear categorization of hazards and risks, with recommended maximum doses and concentrations. Students will learn about the safety and toxicology of essential oils (topical and internal). Safety guidelines for vulnerable populations (infants & children, pregnant women, elderly, those with chronic health conditions). Prerequisite: PH587, PH514, PH518. Lab fee: $50. (3 credits)
Investigating the intricacies of aromatherapeutic blending, this course explores the concept of synergy and presents evidence for the biological and therapeutic actions of essential oils and absolutes. It encourages the practitioner to reflect on their approaches to treatment and provides guidance on building effective and safe blends. Students will also learn to prepare therapeutic blends, capsules, suppositories, etc. Prerequisite: PH587, PH514, PH518, PH555, PH549. Lab Fee: $50. (3 credits)
For thousands of years, fragrance has been used for altering emotional states and as part of spiritual practice. This course explores the impact of fragrance on the psyche from anthropological, perfumery and aromatherapy viewpoints and introduces a range of fragrance families – woody, resinous, spicy, herbaceous, agrestic, floral, citrus and attars. Students will develop skills to select essential oils for several mental and emotional issues according to their effect on the three doshas. Prerequisite: PH587, PH514, PH518. Lab Fee: $50. (2 credits)
This course will explore the extraordinary ability of the human body to respond to disease in a number of physiological and psychological ways. Students will learn about the compensatory changes that occur as a result of the disease process – the pathophysiological processes and the impact they can have on a person. This course is part 1 of a two-part series. Students will learn the medical terminology, functions, and interdependence of the organ systems and abnormalities in the physiological mechanism involved in some common diseases of cardiovascular, respiratory, immune and digestive systems from the perspective of modern medicine. Students will also learn about the common lab investigation and tests used to diagnose diseases. Prerequisite: PH 517, PH518 and Human Anatomy and Physiology course at bachelors’ level or special permission from the instructor. Note: This course can we waived if students have passed an equivalent 4 credit course with a B+ minimum grade at the master’s level. (4 credits)
This course will give students an opportunity to build confidence while applying the knowledge gained in all previous courses in aromatherapy and Maharishi AyurVeda. There will be a total of three (2-week each) on-campus clinical practicums in the MS in Aromatherapy. During the first clinical practicum, students will learn Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis in a clinical setting, under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner and an aromatherapy specialist. During the second clinical practicum, offered during Semester 4, students will get to experience the effect of essential oils on the pulse, participate in discussions of case studies, and learn to prepare soft gels, facial and body creams and other preparations using essential oils and carrier oils suitable for different skin and body types. During the third 2-week clinical practicum (offered during Semester 6), students will conduct supervised aromatherapy consultations on clients in the clinic at MIU. Prerequisite for first clinical practicum: PH587. Prerequisite for the second clinical practicum: PH556. Prerequisite for the third clinical practicum: all courses offered until the offering of this course. (2 credits)

Third year

This course is part 2 of a two-course series and will further explore the ability of the human body to respond to disease in a number of physiological and psychological ways. Students will learn about the compensatory changes that occur as a result of the disease process – the pathophysiological processes and the impact they can have on a person. Students will learn the normal functions of the human body and major pathophysiological mechanisms underlying common diseases of the nervous, endocrine systems and musculoskeletal from the perspective of modern medicine. Prerequisite: PH 517, PH518 and PH551. Note: This course can we waived if students have passed an equivalent 4 credits course with B+ minimum grade at the master’s level. (4 credits)
In this course, principles of management and marketing will be taught from the perspective of starting a new business with an integrated business strategy. Students will also be taught about the scope of their practice and related ethical and legal issues in the context of modern healthcare law. Students will articulate their personal and business goals and generate ideas for a sustainable business within the framework of their scope of practice. (2 credits)
This course will deliver the holistic knowledge of essential oils including medical, experiential, scientific, (ethno)-botanical, energetic, and spiritual. The content will cover all application methods of essential oils as useful and necessary for true healing but puts special emphasis on their olfactory and subtle vibratory effects. The course will explain how Holistic Aromatherapy understands itself as an important complementary part of a new “Medicine from Nature” in which true healing comes from deep inside the human being and therefore has to be addressed from the most profound psycho-spiritual levels where all aspects of energy medicine, biochemistry, physiology, and environmental factors together have their common ground of influence and transformation of the human being into a healthy and happy individual. (3 credits)
This will give students a profound, holistic understanding of aromatherapy and Maharishi AyurVeda. During this course, students will apply the knowledge of the effects of essential oils on different physiological systems in light of Maharishi AyurVeda in the case-based setting and exercises. In addition, advanced knowledge of aromatherapy will be presented. Students will deepen their understanding of how to select appropriate essential oils for well-being in accordance with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. Prerequisite: PH587, PH514, PH518, PH549, PH555, PH556 and PH552. Lab fee: $50. (3 credits)
This course will give students an opportunity to build confidence while applying the knowledge gained in all previous courses in aromatherapy and Maharishi AyurVeda. There will be a total of three (2-week each) on-campus clinical practicums in the MS in Aromatherapy. During the first clinical practicum, students will learn Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis in a clinical setting, under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner and an aromatherapy specialist. During the second clinical practicum, offered during Semester 4, students will get to experience the effect of essential oils on the pulse, participate in discussions of case studies, and learn to prepare soft gels, facial and body creams and other preparations using essential oils and carrier oils suitable for different skin and body types. During the third 2-week clinical practicum (offered during Semester 6), students will conduct supervised aromatherapy consultations on clients in the clinic at MIU. Prerequisite for first clinical practicum: PH587. Prerequisite for the second clinical practicum: PH556. Prerequisite for the third clinical practicum: all courses offered until the offering of this course. (2 credits)