How Our Programs Work

How Our Programs Work

When Do Classes Start?

ACHS blends the support and learning advantage of a year-round traditional semester schedule with the flexibility of online distance education.

Cohorts start three times per year: Fall (September), Spring (January), and Summer (May).

Most programs have a required sequence of courses based on full-time, half-time, or quarter-time studies. (Programs with a specialization or elective options have a recommended sequence to accommodate students' selections.) See the Program Catalog for specific sequence information.

Classes are limited in class size to 30 undergraduate and 20 graduate students and do fill quickly. Register early to ensure your place in class. Registration deadlines are usually the first of the month prior to the semester start: For example; December 1 for the January Semester.  

Please note that not all ACHS courses are offered for every semester start date on the academic calendar.

Course Materials

In addition to the rich interactive content in your online classroom, which includes written, video, and audio lectures, online ACHS aTextbooks, free access to subscription databases in the ACHS Virtual Library, access to relevant articles and research papers, instructor message updates, College news, and links to relevant websites and events, you also receive a comprehensive array of educational materials. Depending on the course, you may receive textbooks, manuals, DVDs, videos, and study kits of botanicals and essential oils in your course materials Course Pack. We ensure our wide-ranging array of educational materials meet the highest standards. We use only the most reputable education publishers and certified organic suppliers of raw materials. Our courses are reviewed by industry leaders and subject specialists and are endorsed by the leading associations in each field of study. Plus, ACHS offers our “Green Option," with eTextbooks available for many courses, reducing materials costs for students.

Studying Online with ACHS (Learning Schedules)

The ACHS online classrooms feature a range of tools and functions designed to provide students with an interactive and dynamic learning experience, as well as tools for success. Our online classroom features include:

  • Cohesive weekly module structure that steps you through the class with your classmates
  • Interactive video, audio, and written lectures, along with multimedia activities that are simple to use—if you can shop online, you can take one of our classes!
  • Course due dates and online scheduling calendar to keep you on track
  • Asynchronous discussion forums for sharing ideas and research with your fellow students and instructor
  • Interactive synchronous chat tools—have optional live discussions with your fellow students and instructor
  • Comprehensive Virtual Library including access to subscription libraries for additional research and included webinars

Interactive Communication

Our students experience rich and rewarding communication. This includes real-time learning with optional synchronous chats with your instructor, asynchronous discussion boards, archived chats and lectures, as well as one-on-one tutoring and instructor help when needed.

Online collaboration groups, discussion boards, peer-to-peer, and instructor interaction further stimulate the learning process.

You can access your graded module exams and final exam, complete with instructor comments, through the integrated online gradebook and see your own progress and success as you complete your course.

ACHS also offers optional synchronous teleconferences and webinars for current students and graduates, with a variety of faculty and guest speakers throughout the year. Webinar recordings can be accessed 24/7 through your online classroom.

Flexible Yet Structured

Cohort class schedules are a wonderful opportunity to learn with a group of like-minded peers. They are also flexible and designed to meet your needs, allowing you to largely set your own study hours within the course due dates. You study, learn, assimilate, and apply the knowledge within a supportive, semi-structured framework, designed to afford ACHS students a distinct learning advantage over other programs.

System Requirements

ACHS courses rely on the Internet, as well as textbooks, printed materials, and lab supplies. All students must complete the ACHS New Student Orientation to familiarize themselves with the tools and functions of the online classroom they will use to complete their studies with ACHS.

ACHS uses the Canvas learning management system. View the technical requirements for using our online classrooms online here