Milestones & Awards

ACHS Milestones

 

Year ACHS Milestones and Achievements
2018
  • Named a Military Friendly® Spouse School … learn more
  • American College of Healthcare Sciences ranked fifth greenest workplace in Oregon ... learn more
  • ACHS Announces Articulation Agreement with MUIH ... learn more
  • The Apothecary Shoppe’s 2018 donation will support freshwater well initiatives in Nepal ...  learn more
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

 

ACHS 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 1, 2017American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has been named one of the Largest Women Owned businesses in Oregon and S.W. Washington for 2017 by the Portland Business Journal. 

Portland, OR—September 28, 2017American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has been awarded a 2017 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—May 20, 2019—American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) was named number 3 out of the 2019 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine. ACHS ranked #5 in 2018, #2 in 2017, #6 in 2016, and #12 in 2015.

Portland, OR—May 24, 2017—American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has been honored with a 2017 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/schools/.

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 2018 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.

 

Last updated 1/27/19