What Does a Holistic Health Education at ACHS Cost?

Have you noticed that no one likes to talk about money? But it's not a dirty word! And Grandma’s right: Where there’s a will there’s a way. We want you to know right up front how much going to ACHS is going to cost, so you can start budgeting, applying for financial aid, or sweet-talking family and friends. Hey, maybe crowd-funding isn’t just for making widgets!

What you’ll pay depends on what program you take, and what electives you choose – aromatherapy classes have the most expensive materials and cost you the most! (Hey – have you seen how much work it is to make those essential oils? Check it out!

ACHS programs are designed to provide excellence in education and student services. Quality education is an investment in your future and all of our services are designed to provide you with the best education for your education dollar.

ACHS students are charged for the current semester only.

Payment Options

As an accredited institution, ACHS offers many funding options including federal financial aid to those who qualify, semester payments and monthly payment installment plans, military and employer tuition assistance benefits, and a wide range of other alternative funding options. Click here for more information or call 800-487-8839 to speak with an Admissions Advisor.

2018-2019 Tuition:

Undergraduate: $325 per semester credit
Graduate: $505 per semester credit [1]

Tuition includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world professional experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with professors through the online classroom, live lessons and/or chats, email, and the “Virtual Office”
  • Dynamic, content-rich online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Full student services and support, including email and telephone support 
  • Unlimited toll-free phone access to information and answers to questions within the United States and Canada

College Affordability and Transparency Center College Scorecard:

ACHS's College Scorecard as published by the College Affordability and Transparency Center College Scorecard is available online here. [2]

Registration Fees:

$200 per program, payable at enrollment. Students enrolling in single courses pay a registration fee per course, based on $30 per credit, not to exceed $200 per registration.

Course Materials:

Textbooks and required materials (course packs) average $305 per 3 semester credit course (undergraduate and graduate level).  Materials and Textbook prices vary widely depending on the course. Many modality courses require course packs with practical materials for lab work. For example, students are required to purchase herb samples for their learning in herbal courses and essential oils for aromatherapy courses; these supplies are included in the Course Pack when applicable and are not optional. Students are required to use ACHS lab kits to ensure safety when preparing and using formulas. Required materials include:

  • ACHS Course Pack: Includes the Online Materials, Library and Resources Fee and all practical lab kits including herb and essential oil kits
  • ACHS eTextbook (when applicable)

The Total Course Price for each course, including the ISBN textbook information, is published below and under each course description. Materials fees change frequently due to fluctuating market costs for products such as essential oils and herbs. Detailed information about course materials, fees, and textbooks is available under each course description.

Online Materials, Library and Resources Fee

The Online Materials, Library and Resources Fee includes:

  • An extensive virtual library to assist you with research including access to:
    • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: a database founded by clinicians and researchers to provide evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. Within the database, students can search subject-specific databases on Food, Herbs, & Supplements; Health & Wellness; Sports Medicine; Commercial Products; Medical Conditions; among others.
    • Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN): a 501©(3) nonprofit corporation, that provides access to millions of articles, eBooks, videos, and other resources within subject-specific databases. 
    • Alt HealthWatch Database: a database that also emphasizes complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and personal wellness. Within this database, students can access full-text articles from hundreds of peer-reviewed journals. 
    • ProQuest Research Companion: a tool within the LIRN designed to guide students through the research and writing process. It demystifies the research writing process in nine easy-to-follow modules.
    • ProQuest RefWorks: a reference management service tool within the LRIN that helps students create, store, and organize citations and references. 
  • Access to your mobile-friendly, interactive online classroom including course videos, interactive tutorials and audio resources
  • Ask-a-Librarian Feedback Widget
  • Ask-the-Librarian Discussion Board 
  • ACHS Student Center to enable you to interact with your peers and join study groups.

​​​​​​Textbooks

ACHS uses both Commercial Textbooks and ACHS Textbooks (textbooks published by the institution), depending on the course.  The Total Course Price for 2017-2018 includes tuition, textbooks, course pack, and domestic shipping.  Materials include the mandatory ACHS eTextbook when applicable; students cannot opt out of the ACHS eTextbook and the eTextbook is not available for purchase from third-party resellers. ACHS eTextbooks consist of required reading and are sustainable, full-color interactive eTextbooks that can be viewed online, downloaded in PDF version and fully searchable.  An optional printed copy of the ACHS Textbook is available for an additional printing charge.

See each course description under Academics for an itemized description of the required Course Pack. Each course description includes the name and ISBN of all commercially published textbooks. If you already have any of these texts, please let your admissions advisor or student services know so that duplicates are not shipped to you.

Students may also elect to purchase their own publisher textbooks including opportunities to purchase used textbooks and take advantage of textbook rental services. Students buying their own textbooks must ensure they have the correct edition for the current semester. 

Following are resources students are encouraged to pursue for publisher textbooks:

  • Purchasing used textbooks available from a number of resellers. Students should be careful to ensure the quality of the used textbooks and consider that used textbooks may be written in or highlighted and may not include access codes to ancillary software required for select courses. Resellers can usually provide more information about the quality of the text upon request. 

Total Course Prices (A detailed breakdown of the total course price can be found on each course description page and is included below for easy reference). All courses are 3 semester credits unless indicated otherwise. 

Undergraduate courses:

Course Number Tuition Course Pack Textbooks & Media Shipping Total
AROMA 101 $975.00 $713.00 $0.00 $27.00 $1,715.70
AROMA 103 $165.00 $223.95 $0.00 $24.00 $412.95
AROMA 103B $99.00 $38.00 $0.00 $0.00 $137.00
AROMA 203 $975.00 $317.75 $202.80 $21.00 $1,516.55
AROMA 303 $975.00 $490.00 $79.00 $23.00 $1,567.00
AROMA 304 $975.00 $414.75 $0.00 $23.00 $1,412.75
AROMA 305 $975.00 $115.00 $35.00 $15.00 $1,140.00
BIO 111 $975.00 $115.00 $262.00 $23.00 $1,334.75
BOT 301 $975.00 $153.75 $183.00 $18.00 $1,370.00
BUS 304 $975.00 $150.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,125.00
CAM 100 $325.00 $87.72 $0.00 $13.00 $425.72
CAM 101 $975.00 $238.69 $99.95 $13.00 $1,326.64
CHEM 120 $975.00 $115.00 $296.00 $27.00 $1,414.00
ENG 101 $975.00 $115.00 $114.40 $23.00 $1,227.40
ENG 201 $975.00 $115.00 $54.67 $15.00 $1,159.67
ENV 201 $975.00 $115.00 $174.60 $15.00 $1,279.60
HED 303 $975.00 $115.00 $160.95 $11.00 $1,261.95
HERB 101 $975.00 $345.84 $0.00 $26.00 $1,346.84
HERB 201 $975.00 $415.75 $60.00 $32.00 $1,482.75
HERB 302 $975.00 $362.75 $209.94 $33.00 $1,580.69
HERB 303 $975.00 $387.50 $0.00 $35.00 $1,397.50
HERB 304 $975.00 $408.50 $23.00 $33.00 $1,439.50
HLTH 101 $975.00 $228.50 $149.95 $20.00 $1,373.45
HLTH 201 $975.00 $115.00 $121.95 $15.00 $1,226.95
HOMB 201 $975.00 $935.75 $140.00 $27.00 $2,077.75
MTH 101 $975.00 $159.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,134.00
MTH 201 $975.00 $159.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,134.00
NAT 101 $975.00 $358.00 $0.00 $23.00 $1,356.00
NAT 202 $975.00 $354.10 $34.95 $23.00 $1,387.05
NAT 203 $975.00 $277.25 $0.00 $23.00 $1,275.25
NAT 204 $975.00 $429.24 $17.00 $35.00 $1,439.24
NAT 210 $975.00 $225.00 $107.90 $23.00 $1,330.90
NAT 211 $975.00 $249.75 $16.95 $23.00 $1,264.70
NAT 212 $975.00 $243.75 $0.00 $11.00 $1,229.75
NAT 302 $975.00 $225.00 $167.65 $23.00 $1,390.65
NAT 303 $975.00 $295.00 $0.00 $23.00 $1,293.00
NAT 305 $975.00 $115.00 $64.95 $11.00 $1,165.95
NAT 306 $975.00 $115.00 $34.95 $11.00 $1,135.95
NAT 307 $975.00 $115.00 $82.95 $23.00 $1,195.95
NAT 308 $975.00 $263.00 $0.00 $15.00 $1,253.00
NUT 101 $975.00 $115.00 $198.59 $23.00 $1,311.59
NUT 210 $975.00 $115.00 $31.95 $15.00 $1,136.95
NUT 303 $975.00 $115.00 $179.95 $23.00 $1,292.95
NUT 304 $975.00 $115.00 $183.67 $28.00 $1,301.67
NUT 309 $975.00 $115.00 $69.94 $23.00 $1,182.94
NUT 401 $975.00 $115.00 $87.95 $23.00 $1200.95
NUT 499 $975.00 $115.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1303.00
PFT 101 $975.00 $147.50 $88.95 $23.00 $1,234.45
PHL 201 $975.00 $115.00 $99.99 $24.00 $1,207.99
PSY 101 $975.00 $150.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,125.00
PSY 303 $975.00 $115.00 $266.67 $23.00 $1,379.67
RES 301 $975.00 $115.00 $88.95 $15.00 $1,193.95
SOC 101 $975.00 $150.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,125.00
SPA 120 $330.00 $76.00 $99.00 $15.00 $520.00
SPA 220 $330.00 $76.00 $99.00 $15.00 $520.00
SPA 250 $330.00 $76.00 $99.00 $15.00 $520.00
SPA 367 $330.00 $76.00 $99.00 $15.00 $520.00

 

Graduate Courses:

Course Number Tuition Course Pack Textbooks & Media Shipping Total
AROMA 501 $1,515.00 $496.00 $314.95 $30.00 $2,355.95
AROMA 503 $1,515.00 $395.59 $252.84 $23.00 $2,184.43
AROMA 504 $1,515.00 $333.64 $0.00 $23.00 $1,871.64
AROMA 505 $1,515.00 $378.92 $0.00 $23.00 $1,916.92
AROMA 507 $1,515.00 $139.00 $97.95 $21.00 $1,772.95
BOT 501 $1,515.00 $115.00 $312.95 $27.00 $1,969.95
CAP 501 $1,515.00 $115.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,630.00
CHEM 501 $1,515.00 $115.00 $366.95 $27.00 $2,023.95
CHEM 502 $1,515.00 $115.00 $59.99 $15.00 $1,704.99
HED 503 $1,515.00 $115.00 $160.95 $11.00 $1,801.95
HERB 502 $1,515.00 $176.00 $273.93 $27.00 $1,991.93
HERB 503 $1,515.00 $390.75 $0.00 $27.00 $1,932.75
HERB 504 $1,515.00 $372.25 $0.00 $27.00 $1,914.25
HOM 501 $1,515.00 $266.36 $20.00 $13.00 $1,814.36
HOMB 501 $1,515.00 $935.75 $305.90 $27.00 $2,783.65
NAT 500 $1,515.00 $115.00 $193.90 $25.00 $1,848.90
NAT 501 $1,515.00 $115.00 $395.87 $27.00 $2,052.87
NAT 502 $1,515.00 $141.50 $0.00 $11.00 $1,667.50
NAT 503 $1,515.00 $115.00 $412.95 $39.00 $2,081.95
NAT 504 $1,515.00 $115.00 $91.95 $27.00 $1,748.95
NAT 515 $1,515.00 $115.00 $59.95 $11.00 $1,700.95
NUT 501 $1,515.00 $115.00 $89.95 $27.00 $1,746.95
NUT 504 $1,515.00 $115.00 $203.66 $23.00 $1,856.66
NUT 509 $1,515.00 $115.00 $87.94 $21.00 $1,738.94
NUT 510 $1,515.00 $115.00 $313.90 $23.00 $1,966.90
RES 501 $1,515.00 $115.00 $88.95 $15.00 $1,733.95
TOX 501 $1,515.00 $115.00 $179.99 $27.00 $1,836.99

 

Optional Other Fees:

As an accredited College, we are required to publish all fees that may apply to a student at any time during their enrollment at ACHS, though most students will not encounter many of these fees if they remain in good academic and financial standing. Click here to review fees.

Program Projected Maximum Costs:

The projected maximum cost for all ACHS programs can be found on the Program Fact Sheet available to view online and download on each program description page. View ACHS Programs online here.

 

[1] The College Affordability and Transparency Center uses data driven by the institution's annual IPEDS surveys. ACHS was approved to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid programs in July 2012 and was not required or eligible to report to IPEDS prior to this date, therefore, the data published does not report graduation rates as of June 2017 because the reporting period for this data is prior to ACHS's first IPEDS submission. 

 

Last updated 10/24/18