ACHS Timeline


Year College Milestones and Achievements
2017
  • Honored with a When Work Works Award for the second year in a row… learn more
  • ACHS Health and Wellness Blog Named One of the Best Holistic Blogs of 2017learn more
  • Ranked number 2 out of the top 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon … learn more
  • The Oregonian awarded ACHS a Top Workplace Honor in the small business category … learn more
  • ACHS opens community-focused satellite campus in Kona, Hawaii, serving Pacific Rim students, ACHS students and graduates, and the public… learn more
  • ACHS’s Portland Campuses Achieved the City of Portland Sustainability at Work Gold Certification … learn more
  • ACHS established the ACHS Institutional Review Board (IRB) … learn more
  • Partnered with NCBTMB to collaborate on the first nationally-recognized Spa Management Specialty Certificate … learn more
2016
  • Recognized as a Certified B Corporation … learn more
  • Honored with a When Work Works Award … learn more
  • Portland Business Journal Awards ACHS with CFO of the Year Award … learn more
  • ACHS was selected as a 2016 When Work Works VET Spotlight organization… learn more
  • Selected by the Better Business Bureau as Finalist for a Torch Award
  • The Oregonian awarded ACHS a Top Workplace Honor in the small business category … learn more
  • Ranked number 6 out of the top 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon … learn more
  • Victory Media's Military Friendly School list continues to feature ACHS … learn more
  • OnlineU.org names ACHS the #7 Most Affordable Online Nutrition Degree … learn more
2015
  • Expanded College offices to new campus … learn more
  • Ranked #12 of 100 Best Green Workplaces … learn more
  • Joined the SARA Initiativelearn more
  • Named a Military Friendly® School (sixth year!) … learn more
2014


  • Expanded participation in Title IVfederal student aid programs … learn more
  • Started accepting DANTES Subject Standardized Tests for Credit … learn more
2013
  • Achieved re-authorization by Oregon Office of Degree Authorization as an Institute of Higher Learning
  • Achieved 5-year reaccreditation with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • Launched new Master of Science degree programs in Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Nutrition, and Health and Wellness 
  • Launched new Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness program
  • Received expanded National Association of Nutrition Professionals program approvals  … learn more
  • Launched Master Lecture Webinar series … learn more
  • Re-certified as a Green America Gold Certified Business
2012
  • Approved to participate in Federal Student Aid Programs  … learn more
2011
  • Aromatherapy programs approved for Level II and III clinical aromatherapy training by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) … learn more
2010
  • Achieved sanctioned school status by the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA)
  • Received Oregon Tilth Certified Organic Certification
  • Joined International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades
2009
  • Changed name to American College of Healthcare Sciences (formerly Australasian College of Health Sciences) to celebrate our 20th anniversary based in the United States
2008
  • Approved to certify Veterans Education benefits as Institute of Higher Learning, expanding VA education benefit access to qualifying students
  • Achieved 5-year reaccreditation from the DEAC
2007
  • Became an Oregon Office of Degree Authorization-approved Institute of Higher Learning (degree-granting institution) and launched the Associate of Applied Science and Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine degree programs … learn more
2003
  • Achieved national accreditation with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) [Formerly Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)]
  • Changed name to Australasian College of Health Sciences (formerly Australasian College of Herbal Studies) to represent the broad curricula offered
  • Opened new campus in Portland, Oregon (formerly located in Lake Oswego, Oregon)
  • Approved to certify Veterans Education benefits as a correspondence school
1998

 

  • Became first state-licensed college in the U.S. offering distance learning programs in complementary and integrative health
1993
  • Australasian College of Herbal Studies USA Inc. was incorporated in Oregon
1989
  • The U.S. campus opened its doors in Lake Oswego, Oregon
1978
  • Australasian College of Herbal Studies USA Inc. was incorporated in New Zealand