Awards

 

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 the following awards in recognition:

 

Award Name Award Description

Portland, OR—September 29, 2016American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor in the small business category by The Oregonian and OregonLive. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

Portland, OR—September, 2016—The Better Business Bureau (BBB) selected American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) as Finalist for the 2016 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. ACHS proudly accepted a Finalist Certificate in recognition of the College’s ongoing commitment to ethical business practices deserving of marketplace trust. The BBB Torch Award is an annual regional competition. Candidates are evaluated and recipients selected by a panel of independent judges from the business and academic communities.

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Portland, OR—September 15, 2016American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) proudly announces that it has become the first accredited higher education institution specializing in holistic and integrative health and wellness to become a Certified B Corporation®. ACHS joins a select community of 1,800 companies—including only three higher education institutions—worldwide that have demonstrated their commitment to redefining success in business through this comprehensive certification.

Portland, OR—June 2, 2016—American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) was named number 6 out of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine, rising 6 places from the #12 spot last year.

Based on Oregon Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project, the 100 Best Green Workplaces are determined by an anonymous employee survey and an independent assessment of employer sustainability practices. This year, more than 230 companies participated, and more than 15,000 Oregon employees completed the survey.

Portland, OR—May 26, 2016—American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types in Oregon and across the country.

Portland, OR—March 24, 2016—American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has been named #7 Most Affordable Online Nutrition Degree by OnlineU.org, an online guide that ranks accredited online schools in the U.S.

OnlineU compares accredited online colleges across the nation based on annual tuition rates, and according to their website, “seeks to help driven people accomplish their education goals in a financially responsible manner.”

Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list features schools that represent the top tier of institutions with leading opportunities for military service members and spouses. The Military Friendly Schools list is published annually in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur magazines. You can read the full list here: http://militaryfriendly.com/school-list.

For more information about ACHS’s commitment to military students, visit achs.edu or call 800.487.8839. ACHS will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

Portland, OR—July 21, 2015—The Better Business Bureau (BBB) selected American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) as a Business of the Year Finalist for the 2015 BBB Torch Awards. ACHS proudly accepted a Finalist Certificate in recognition of the College’s ongoing commitment to ethical business practices deserving of marketplace trust. The BBB Torch Award is an annual regional competition. Candidates are evaluated and recipients selected by a panel of independent judges from the business and academic communities.

Industry Recognition

 

ACHS is continually working to improve educational standards and industry support for our Students and Graduates by maintaining and fostering strong ties to the natural health community. Don't forget to also review information on our accreditation and other approvals.

 

 

Industry Memberships and Recognition  
Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA): ACHS is a Recognized School of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), providing accredited, online Advanced Practitioner Level (minimum 400 Hours) and Professional Level (Minimum 200 Hours) aromatherapy programs that meet and exceed rigorous curriculum and practice standards for aromatherapy training.
American Botanical Council (ABC): ACHS is proud to be a Bronze sponsor of ABC, a leading independent, international, member-based nonprofit organization providing education using science-based and traditional information to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine. Sponsorship allows ACHS to support the Herbal community while keeping up-to-date on the latest research, trends and information on herbs and medicinal plants. American Botanical Council

American Herbalists Guild (AHG): Master Herbalist graduates are eligible for professional membership once they have met the AHG clinical requirement, available through the AHG mentorship program.

American Holistic Health Association: ACHS is a Gold Circle Supporting Institutional Member of AHHA.

Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC): Graduates of the Certificate in Aromatherapy, Diploma in Aromatherapy, Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine with Aromatherapy Specialization, and the Master of Science in Aromatherapy will have completed more than 200 hours of clinical aromatherapy training and are eligible to sit for the National Examination in Aromatherapy sponsored by ARC to become Registered Aromatherapists. Successful exam candidates earn the trademarked designation R.A.

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP): Certificate in Aromatherapy and Diploma in Aromatherapy students are approved for student liability insurance; Certificate in Aromatherapy and Diploma in Aromatherapy graduates are approved for practitioner liability insurance. Students and Graduates must apply.

Herb Growing and Marketing Network: ACHS is a Sponsor of the Herb Growing and Marketing Network.

International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades: ACHS is an approved member of IFEAT, further evidencing our dedication to supporting sustainability and fair trade of essential oils and to providing comprehensive resources with the latest aromatherapy research for ACHS’s professional aromatherapy programs.

International Iridology Practitioners Association: ACHS anatomy and physiology training is approved for iridology certification.

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA): ACHS offers NAHA-Approved Level Two – Professional Aromatherapy Certification programs. Learn more about the NAHA standards ACHS program meet online here.

Level Two Professional Aromatherapy Certification programs: Diploma in Aromatherapy Master Aromatherapist, Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine with Aromatherapy Specialization degree program, and Master of Science in Aromatherapy degree program. 

The undergraduate Certificate in Aromatherapy and Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy programs also meet the aromatherapy education requirements for NAHA Level 2 for existing health professionals such as Massage Therapists, Herbalists, Nurses, Physicians, etc per the NAHA requirements.  Graduates that are not existing health professionals are also required to complete qualifying anatomy and physiology. At ACHS, students would complete the following undergraduate courses to study all NAHA required body systems NAT 210 Anatomy & Physiology I, NAT 211 Anatomy & Physiology II, and NAT 212 Anatomy & Physiology III or the following graduate-level courses for qualified applicants NAT 501 Anatomy & Physiology I and NAT 502 Anatomy & Physiology II. 

National Association of Nutrition Professionals: The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). NANP Professional Members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, "Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition," and can call themselves a Nutrition Professional. Graduates of select nutrition-focused programs are eligible to sit the exam. In addition, graduates who have achieved the following are eligible to use the title “Certified Nutrition Professional” or CNP:

  • Successfully passed the HNCB Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in nutrition or a nutrition-related field of study from an NANP approved holistic nutrition program OR a college or university regionally or nationally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Have completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice within three years of graduation

As an NANP approved institution, all courses offered by ACHS, count as Category I continuing education credits for the 10 required hours of continuing education required each year for NANP Nutrition Professionals. View more information online here, visit nanp.org/board-certification, call (800) 342-8037, or email exam@hncb.org.

Natural Products Association (NPA): ACHS is a member of this trade association which represents the natural products industry. NPA promotes the growth and success of the industry through the establishment of industry standards and ethical business practices.

Oregon Business: ACHS is a member of this trade association which represents the natural products industry. Oregon Business Magazine ranked ACHS as #6 on the 2016 list of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon.

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, and protest campaigns.

United Plant Savers: ACHS is a member of the Partners in Education Network. Students and graduates are eligible for membership.

Certified B Corporation®: ACHS became a Certified B Corporation® in 2016. Certified B Corporations 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. Since 1978, ACHS has been committed to sustainable practices for the environment and in our business practices. ACHS Founder and President Dorene Petersen started ACHS with a mission to make holistic health and wellness education accessible to our global community, giving everyone the opportunity to lead healthier and happier lives.