To provide leadership in holistic health education through comprehensive professional online and on-campus education and high-quality natural products with a commitment to sustainable practices and principles. Through our mission, ACHS fosters competence, professionalism, and cooperation in holistic healthcare and works to preserve and share knowledge in natural medicine. We will achieve our objectives through a set of values that respect our students, customers, employees, suppliers and community, and to operate with integrity that is deserving of their trust. Learn more.
About Our History
Founded in New Zealand in 1978, ACHS opened its doors in the United States in 1989. Today, ACHS remains one of the few accredited colleges specializing in online holistic health education, offering undergraduate and graduate certificate, diploma, and degree programs and professional continuing education.
Our flexible, online programs, highly qualified faculty, diverse student body, and commitment to exceptional online education make ACHS the perfect choice for you. Your ACHS education is accredited by the DEAC (www.deac.org) and recognized throughout the holistic health community. Learn more about our history.
As a Certified B Corporation® and part of our ongoing mission to make the world a better place, the American College of Healthcare Sciences and Apothecary Shoppe College Store continually strives to reduce its environmental footprint, follow a holistic philosophy that is core to our mission, and maintain a commitment to green practices. As a virtual campus, ACHS is inherently environmentally friendly. Our “campus” saves in facility overhead, transportation, water and energy use, and waste production, to name just a few benefits. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability.
ACHS Accreditation & Recognition
Sustainability & Community Involvement at ACHS
American College of Healthcare Sciences is an accredited, Institute of Higher Learning committed to serving the public good.
American College of Healthcare Sciences is a Certified B Corporation®
American College has been a Certified B Corporation® since August 2016. Certified B Corps like ACHS meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability and operate with a clear mission to benefit the communities they serve. Learn more online here.
The Apothecary Shoppe College Store is Certified Organic
The ACHS Apothecary Shoppe is an Oregon Tilth Certified Organic facility specializing in certified organic and sustainably produced essential oils and botanicals. The Apothecary Shoppe also stocks a wide range of tools and organic supplies for wellness. The Shoppe is open to the public and donates 2% of sales to sustainable soil to oil aromatherapy education initiatives. Learn more online here.
ACHS is Committed to Giving
ACHS is committed to contributing to the public good. We focus on charities that support basic human dignity at home and abroad by preventing and addressing hunger, homelessness, and access to education and educational opportunities. We support charities through participation in donation campaigns, special events, in-kind donations, and volunteerism including:
- Exceed, Inc. - Vocational Support for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (www.exceedpdx.com)
- Oregon Food Bank - Supports food security (www.oregonfoodbank.org)
- Janus Youth Program - Serving homeless youth and teen parents (http://www.janusyouth.org/programs)
- Neighborhood House - Food and Energy grants to families and Seniors (Nhpdx.org)
- Community Transition School - Pre-K to 8th grade serving homeless kids (www.transitionalschool.org)
- Winrock International - Global agricultural and environmental development (www.winrock.org)
- Outside-In - Services to Homeless Youth (www.outsidein.org)
- Family Forward Oregon - Advocacy for Working Families (http://www.familyforwardoregon.org/)
ACHS President Dorene Petersen integrates ACHS values into all programs, including study abroad service projects during ACHS's study abroad programs. This dedication recently earned her the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer work in Nepal with USAID and Winrock International’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. Each study abroad experience includes opportunities for students to get involved!
Team ACHS Volunteers!
ACHS provides staff with flexibility in scheduling work hours and time off to encourage volunteerism. Learn more about ACHS volunteer projects here.
ACHS is Green! Current Sustainability Efforts
Beyond our giving power, we also concentrate on reducing our carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Learn more about ACHS’s green campus here.
Awards and Recognitions
ACHS is a community of learners committed to the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. We honor our commitment by continually upholding the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethical and social responsibility, and are proud to have received several awards in recognition of our efforts, including a 2017 When Work Works Award and achieving #2 of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon in 2017 by Oregon Business magazine.
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ACHS Faculty, Executive & Administrative Staff, and Committees