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Live a life empowered by knowledge, inspired by a passion for wellness and physical health.

American College of Healthcare Sciences is a world-renowned accredited online college. Our mission is driven by the principles and vision of our president, Dorene Petersen, who founded the college in 1978 as a pioneer in holistic health education. 

We award degrees, diplomas, and certificates in Integrative Health, Aromatherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Spa Management.

 

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Our graduates change lives.

Just ask Nicole Berry, ACHS graduate and founder of Linguistic Horizons, a company that offers international internships, language immersion, and study abroad programs. In her nutrition-related program that takes place in Peru, students can learn about holistic nutrition and alternative medicine through workshops, cooking classes, hikes, and more. 

In 2020 the change starts with you. Here’s to your 2020 life empowered by knowledge, inspired by a passion for wellness and physical health. To find out how the ACHS family can empower your journey, click here.

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You can afford a holistic health education.

We believe that quality education is the best investment in your future and strive to provide you with the best education for your money. Our flexible payment plans combined with financial aid and employer tuition assistance programs mean you can graduate debt-free!  

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Earn a degree in wellness.

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Earn a certificate in Spa Management in as little as 15 weeks.

ACHS has developed this unique and practical program to prepare professionals to work in a spa leadership position.  Whether you are a massage therapist, receptionist, or supervisor, completion of these courses will provide you with foundational knowledge and advanced skills needed to grow your career in the spa industry.   

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What are students saying?

The Aromatherapy program offered me the opportunity to obtain a formal education in my favorite subject area while working full-time. I found the curriculum to be informative and appropriately challenging. The faculty was knowledgeable and approachable. I'm excited to reinvent my career using my degree milestone with ACHS as a significant first step!

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Jay Nicholas

Master of Science in Aromatherapy

I’ve been writing professionally for three decades, but in recent years have shifted my focus. I’m asking fewer questions about various business topics and more questions of those taking part in the conversation, especially considering habits, change, stress, resilience and hope. I became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches in early 2019, and opened my coaching business, Gates Open Wellness, not long after. My concurrent studies with ACHS—a Certificate in Wellness Consulting—have helped me fill in gaps of knowledge in terms of stress management, sports nutrition, holistic pathophysiology, business practices and integrative health. Altogether, it’s been a great experience!

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Fiona Soltes

Certificate in Wellness Consulting

Over the past three years during my studies at ACHS, I was able to bring my passion for holistic health to life. I have learned valuable information that will allow me to begin my goal of becoming a holistic lifestyle coach by teaching others to integrate nutrition, herbs, and mindfulness into their lifestyles.

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Chelsea Anne Thomas

Diploma in Holistic Health Practice

As a social worker, I am incorporating wellness activities with my staff and the youth we serve. My goals include using aromatherapy as a coping strategy for people experiencing burnout.

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Nina Lindsey

M.S. Aromatherapy, 2020

ACHS News & Events

Dr. Holdren is ACHS' new general education program chair

Portland, Ore.—January 9, 2019—American College of Healthcare Sciences’ (ACHS) president and founder, Dorene Petersen, welcomes Lori Holdren, BS, MA, Ph.D. as the college’s new general education program chair.
ACHS offers a wide range of general education including mathematics, English, sociology, general sciences such as chemistry and biology, and other humanities. As general education program chair, Holdren will continue to teach undergraduate courses in math. She will also work with the college’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Technology, and Assessment (CETTA) to conduct general education program reviews, research collaborations with industry credentialing organizations, and develop new course offerings.
ACHS President Dorene Petersen shared, “ACHS is thrilled to announce the appointment of Professor Dr. Lori Holdren as the ACHS General Education Program Chair. Dr. Holdren specializes in mathematics and has a gift for using technology and practical application to make math

Dr. Betschman is ACHS' new integrative health and wellness program chair

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