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Dorene Petersen
President and Founder

Happy Memorial Day!

The ACHS offices and Apothecary Shoppe campus store will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day. If you are a current student, there will be no disruption to your online classes. Please contact your Instructor with any questions and/or the Help Desk for any technical issues at (877) 740-2213. Please note, the online College Store is open 24/7 and orders will ship May 28. Wishing you a very happy, healthy Memorial Day!

We offer accredited online degrees, diplomas, certificates and CE classes in: 

Holistic Nutrition | Aromatherapy | Integrative Health | Herbal Medicine | Holistic Spa Management

 

As an ACHS student, you’ll experience an education that connects you with a global wellness community and challenges you to synergize ancient healing arts with cutting-edge scientific discoveries. You’ll gain integrative health and wellness knowledge through experiential learning in virtual classrooms where you will connect with classmates and faculty who share your passion and keep you inspired...

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Should you become an herbalist?

Our Diploma in Herbal Studies Master Herbalist Online (MH) is a rigorous and extensive program designed for the serious student seeking a professional working knowledge of herbalism. Learn to make plant-powered lotions, potions, elixirs and salves. Acquire a wealth of knowledge you can use to launch your own complementary healing practice or product line, become a wellness educator, or integrate this powerful healing art with an existing health profession.  

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What are students saying?

My experience at ACHS was nothing short of excellent. From the admissions process to my last course, every person along the way ensured that I was on track and had everything I needed to excel. I feel prepared to embark on my professional journey as a nutrition consultant and will apply all that I learned to help my clients achieve sustainable, optimal health.

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Loni McGackin

2017 Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

The curriculum at ACHS has enlightened me to the importance of nutrition. The studies tied together all of my previous scientific coursework, creating a better understanding of how the whole body functions. It was a valuable learning experience.

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Roderike Pohl

2017 Graduate Certificate in Holistic Nutrition

My journey at ACHS has been wonderfully eye-opening and I plan to continue my studies in holistic health! I love the detail in each course as well as the professor’s hands-on approach. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my family and community!

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Sydnee Hermes

2017 Certificate in Natural Products Manufacturing

The Spa Management program offered a formal structure to support my spa consulting experience. ACHS provided me valuable industry-specific education that will strengthen my skill set, whether I continue to consult within the industry, or expand my couture aromatherapy business.

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Cheryl Cromer

2017 Certificate in Holistic Spa Management

ACHS is an amazing college! It provides students with a well-rounded, professionally executed curriculum in the complementary alternative medicine arena!! I have grown exponentially! Be the change you want to see.

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Fleur L. Abajian

2017 Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

It was once said that, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.’ ACHS has given me the skills and knowledge to not only assist others in achieving their health goals, but also change how others view alternative medicine.

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Brandy Plummer

2017 Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

I loved everything about ACHS: their personal approach to their students, great teachers, their flexible online aspect of the course, giving the necessary tools and confidence to learn the foundation in health, but also marketing and general business.

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Susan Sonderegger

2017 Certificate in Wellness Consulting

ACHS has been an amazing school to attend! I have always found wonderful support through the educators and staff! I plan to use my education to help my clients, friends, and family live healthier lives.

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Tabitha Scott

2017 Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

The AAS in Health and Wellness program at ACHS absolutely changed my life. I run my own spiritual wellness business where I’ve taken everything I’ve learned while at ACHS to empower other women to live fulfilling lives. Although I completed my degree program, I have my sights set on a few more courses I can’t wait to take through ACHS.

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Miriam Popp

2017 Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness

Thus far it has been an impressive experience! I am filled with gratitude for having the opportunity to study at ACHS. I have gained valuable knowledge and skills that I will use to continue my studies in the field of Complementary Alternative Medicine. It was an honor to receive the support of the amazingly helpful staff, knowledgeable instructors, and encouraging classmates at ACHS.

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Atalia Manzano Millan

2017 Certificate in Aromatherapy

Studying at ACHS has taken my passion for health and wellness to an even higher level! I have loved the depth and quality of content as well as the community. As a writer, speaker, and coach I am already implementing what I have learned as a Holistic Nutrition Consultant into my work!

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Brittany Burtz

2017 Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting

I couldn’t be happier with my education from ACHS. Now I am able to begin my own business and teach others about healthy living!

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Amanda Christian

2017 Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting

I highly recommend to those considering exploring alternative medicine to seriously consider an education with the American College of Healthcare Sciences. You won't be disappointed. Quite the opposite. The education I received is priceless and is of benefit to so many. I am using what I've learned to share with others. My experience with ACHS is one I have treasured and I am very proud to be a graduate of this organization. 

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Marcia Briseno
2017 Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

All of my interactions with the ACHS administrative team have been extremely positive. My advisor (Joel Strimling) has always responded quickly to any issues/concerns, and when he was out of the office, his back-up (Melissa Trujillo) followed up with me immediately. I've interacted with other staff as well, and have always been impressed with how friendly, courteous, and efficient everyone is. Great support all around!

Julie Fischer 2017
Julie Fischer
2017 Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition Student

ACHS News & Events

Water Wells Increase Sustainable Harvest and Living Wage for Nepalese Women

In 2017, Winrock International awarded Dorene Petersen, President and Founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, (ACHS) the President’s Volunteer Service Award, for her 27 day volunteer service with the Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the Terai, the southern lowland area of Nepal.

Petersen worked with the Forest Environment Workers Union Nepal to train farmers and forest workers—most of them women—to improve their methods of essential oil processing and quality by focusing on teaching certified organic and sustainable practices so they could strategically market essential oils internationally.  Without sufficient water resources nearby these women carry heavy containers of water to the fields for irrigation. Petersen's advocacy was instrumental in attaining one hand dug 95 foot well.

“I am so grateful to the hardworking farmers of Sarlahi district who made fantastic use of ACHS's oil to water donation and hand dug a 95 foot well. It

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