When selecting a school for professional aromatherapy certification, health coach certification, or herbalist certification, it’s important to evaluate whether or not your school of choice can provide you with a recognized academic credential upon completion. Not all holistic health certification programs are able to provide a recognized credential upon completion.

The field of holistic health is growing like never before. As a result, oversight of educational programs is frequently lacking. Many aromatherapy schools, herbalism schools, and health coaching programs come with attractive claims but are unable to offer legitimacy that is recognized outside of their own business’ reach. This means that your investment of time and money may fail to provide you the tools you need to establish a successful career as an integrative health professional. 

Legitimate academic programs have authorization to operate from a governmental oversight agency. This protects you as a student from unethical marketing, subpar educational standards, unqualified instructors, and ultimately, from investing your time and money into a program that is unable to equip you with the tools and expertise required to establish a successful career.

Beware of programs that advertise accreditations that are not recognized by the governmental oversight committees, such as the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) or the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board (ANMAB). These are fraudulent agencies which are designed to mislead potential students. Diplomas and degrees from schools with these bogus accreditations are not accepted as legitimate credentials and can even open a graduate to the risk of criminal liability.

This is why the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences takes the extra step to provide full college authorization through our local higher education commission. This authorization is recognized in all 50 states and many countries across the world. This ensures that the diplomas and certifications earned at FSIHS are recognized as both academic and professional credentials. 

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Postsecondary Authorization

The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization is renewed every year and is based upon an evaluation of minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. FSIHS was first authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in October of 2013 and has been successfully reauthorized each year since that time. This authorization protects your investment as a student and ensures that the school can and will deliver what is required to help you achieve your academic and professional pursuits. 

The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences also participates in many professional organizations, and our instructors retain active professional membership in numerous aromatherapy, herbal, and public health organizations. This ensures that students in our programs receive the benefits of a professional certification from a fully authorized postsecondary institution, as well as the latest developments and updates in the industry.

Other Memberships and Program Approvals 

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

Our aromatherapy programs are approved by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and FSIHS is one of the few approved schools which meets the requirements for level 3 professional training. Both the Aromatherapy Certification program and the Diploma in Aromatherapy Science program qualify for level 3 membership. The Certificate in Essential Oil Ingestion program qualifies existing NAHA level 2 members to upgrade to level 3 upon successful completion. Our Director is also the NAHA state director for Tennessee and our Aromatherapy Department Chair is the Denver Area Director for NAHA.

National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching

The FSIHS is an approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching as a provider for continued education and training of National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches. Board certified health coaches can use continuing education courses from FSIHS to meet the requirements of continuing education for renewal of board certification. FSIHS offers a wide range of continuing education options for health coaches, including professional skills, holistic health coaching skills, and topics on clinical aromatherapy and herbal medicine.