Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine Online (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine Online (AAS)

Total Credits Completed
60

 

AAS in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Specalizations

Nutrition State Law Disclosures

if you are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition or dietetics, you should consult with the appropriate state board to assure that your credentials will allow you to achieve your professional goals. Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. You can also view more information for each state online here. Please note this degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator at this time. [1]

 

ACHS AAS Specializations

ACHS’s AAS student body is diverse in experience and students’ academic and career objectives mirror that diversity. To help students tailor their holistic heath education to their personal interests or career goals, ACHS offers three specializations or the opportunity to complete a general degree with a selection of elective courses. Students may choose one of the following specializations:

The focus of the Aromatherapy Department is holistic aromatology. Holistic aromatology focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of essential oils. We use the terms “aromatherapy” and “aromatology” interchangeably throughout the program. All healing modalities offered by ACHS focus on the holistic approach. Our philosophy is that only by taking care of the whole person, the physical, emotional, and spiritual, can health and wellness occur.

The Aromatherapy specialization is an advanced and in-depth study of the science and art of aromatherapy. This program meets the Alliance of International Aromatherapists' Advanced Practitioner Level education standards and exceeds the curriculum requirements of the NAHA Level Two education standards. Many graduates choose to take the Aromatherapy Registration Council  (ARC) examination. Visit www.aromatherapycouncil.org for details.

Complete the following courses to achieve the Aromatherapy Specialization:


The focus of the Herbal Medicine Department is holistic health. Holistic health focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of herbal dietary supplements and remedies. All healing modalities offered by ACHS focus on the holistic approach. Our philosophy is that only by taking care of the whole person, the physical, emotional, and spiritual, can health and wellness occur. Graduates of this specialization are eligible to apply for professional membership to the American Herbalists Guild once they have earned the required clinical hours.

The Herbal Medicine specialization is a rigorous and extensive program designed for the serious student seeking a professional working knowledge of herbal studies. This program is ideal for medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of this exciting field and integrate it into their practice, including MDs, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, or Social Workers.

Complete the following courses to achieve the Herbal Medicine Specialization:


The  Holistic Spa Management specialization offers foundational training in effective spa management, including an overview of business management protocols for spa management, customer service, ethical business practices, and a foundation in aromatherapy to provide basic knowledge in the use and administration of essential oils, a modality often used in spa therapies.

This program also meets the education standards for spa management as set by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) (https://www.ahlei.org) to earn the Certificate of Specialization in Spa Management from AHLEI.

Complete the following courses to achieve the Holistic Spa Management Specialization:


Highlights

Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) - http://www.nanp.org
Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (http://nanp.org/hncb)

Learning Outcomes

Discuss and describe the body’s structure and function in a healthy state
Understand and identify the mechanical and biochemical changes caused by a variety of diseases or imbalances to be able to address system imbalances and provide education that individuals can use to restore wellness
Evaluate when to refer individuals to their licensed healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment
Educate others about appropriate holistic health protocols that can help to rebalance the body and restore wellness, both for general good health and when particular ailments demonstrate an imbalance in the body and lifestyle
Use and understand appropriate medical terminology to facilitate discussion with licensed healthcare providers and facilitate integration of CAM into the healthcare system
Use appropriate terminology to describe therapeutic actions of various dietary supplements, including herbs and essential oils
Outline the steps to set up a business, including insurance, management, legal issues, ethics (including AHG ethics and ARC requirements), keeping records, listening and observation skills, informed consent, marketing, business planning, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness counseling
Locate information from State regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with local and State requirements
Identify appropriate dietary supplements for specific instances, taking into account safety and dosage issues
Discuss herbal medicine and aromatherapy, their history, and status of current research, including how to locate studies in peer-reviewed journals
Identify the major active constituents, safety issues, historical uses, latest research results, including drug-herb interactions, uses, preparations, and more, for popular botanicals and educate others about these botanicals
Understand common issues in plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, field identification, and safety procedures and be able to educate others about these issues
Educate others about herbal first aid procedures

This terminal professional degree allows students to work toward a specialization in Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, or Holistic Spa Management, or to complete a general degree by completing electives to satisfy the degree requirements. 

 

Career Goals:

The Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine, depending on the specialization chosen, prepares students to enter the Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) industry as a:

  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Holistic Health Educator, Writer, or Speaker
  • Master Herbalist
  • Herbal Educator, Consultant, Retailer, Writer
  • Wellness or Lifestyle Coach or Consultant
  • Aromatherapist, Aromatherapy Consultant, or Aromatologist
  • Aromatherapy Product Formulator and Manufacturer
  • Healthcare Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, or Spa facility
  • Aromatherapy Retailer
  • Aromatherapy Educator, Author, or Speaker
  • Administrative or support role in any company in the healthcare industry
  • Customer service role within the healthcare industry
  • Sales associate role within the healthcare industry

Depending on the specialization, this program prepares students to move onto clinical practicum work offered through on-campus institutions and industry bodies and to then enter the industry as a:

  • Registered Herbalist (AHG)
  • Registered Aromatherapist (ARC)
  • Clinical Herbalist
  • Clinical Aromatherapist
  • Herbal Products Manufacturer
  • Herbal Products Formulator
  • Aromatherapy Product Formulator and Manufacturer
  • Perfumer
  • Healthcare Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, or Spa facility
  • Massage Therapist specializing in Aromatherapy
  • Esthetician specializing in Aromatherapy
  • Spa Manager
  • Medical Assistant, Administrator, Reception, or other support role in a licensed naturopathic clinic or other health clinic

The Associates degree is ideal for medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of this exciting field and integrate it into a new or existing practice, including Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Naturopaths, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, or Social Workers who are not looking for graduate level study. This degree is ideal for anyone looking to integrate holistic health principles into their life for their personal health and well-being.

 

Industry Recognition & Credentialing:

    For all graduates, this program:

    • Is approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professional (NANP)
    • Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (http://nanp.org/hncb), entitling successful candidates to use the title, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®”, in accordance with State laws.

    For Aromatherapy Specialization graduates, this program:

    • Meets the curriculum requirements of the NAHA Level Two education standards
    • Is the only Alliance of International Aromatherapists’ Advanced Practitioner Level aromatherapy program offered by an accredited institution
    • Qualifies graduates to sit the national registration exam with the Aromatherapy Registration Council (http://www.aromatherapycouncil.org) to become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA) 

    For Herbal Specialization graduates, this program:

    For Holistic Spa Management Specialization graduates, this program:

    • Meets the education standards of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI)
    • Awards the AHLEI Certification in Spa Management Specialization

     

    Admissions Requirements:

    Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

     

    Industry Success:

    ACHS Aromatherapy graduates have a five year (2012-2016) success rate of 100% on the Aromatherapy Registration Council National Exam leading to registration as a Registered Aromatherapist.

     

    Gainful Employment Information:

    Important Information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: click here

     

    Admissions Requirements:

    Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

     

    Tuition and Fees:

    To estimate the program tuition and fees, click on the required course name below for each Total Course Price or click here for the projected maximum cost for this program, including materials that have the greatest outlay for students.

     

    Recommended Sequence:

    The recommended course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.

     

    Program Data:

     

    ACHS Program Fact Sheet

    [1] This degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator.