ACHS Graduate Dusty Floyd 2016 DEAC Award

American College of Healthcare Sciences MS in CAM Graduate Dusty Floyd Awarded DEAC’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate Recognition

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Portland, OR— May 4, 2016 — Dusty Floyd, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) alumna, has received the DEAC’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate award.

The DEAC Outstanding Graduate award recognizes distance education students who have demonstrated academic excellence and consistent accomplishments within their chosen profession(s). Award recipients will be featured on the DEAC website with a personal profile and video describing how distance education has impacted their lives (


DEAC 2016 Outstanding Graduate award winner Dusty Floyd earned her Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine from ACHS in 2013, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Floyd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Information Technology, and Spanish from Monmouth University. After watching many family members and friends struggle with severe health issues, Floyd was inspired to pursue an education in CAM.

“Many of my closest family members and friends, including my husband, mother, aunt, and dear friend were plagued with cancer,” Floyd says. “My own daughter, barely a year old at the time, faced severe medical challenges that I helped her overcome through proper nutrition. […] It was in this moment that I found ACHS. They were accredited, affordable, and approachable.”

Floyd now provides nutritional and fitness counseling at Premier Medicine and Wellness in Bordentown, New Jersey. [Update: Premier Medicine and Wellness operated from 2014-2019. Floyd’s practice is now Dusty’s Complementary Alternative Medicine, or DCAM. Learn more at]

She chose the MS in CAM program to earn a quality education in the holistic health field so she could help as many people as possible struggling with debilitating health issues.

“The ACHS motto, ‘Learn well. Live Well. Educate Others.’ deeply resonated with me,” Floyd says. “I wanted to earn a quality education in the holistic health field so I could pay it forward and help as many people as possible with their own journeys toward health and wellness.”

“Dusty’s passion and dedication for helping others embodies the values we hold dear at ACHS,” says Dorene Petersen, ACHS president and founder. “She has helped many, many people overcome painful health issues through holistic and CAM modalities, and she is very deserving of this recognition.”

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About ACHS

American College of Healthcare Sciences has been educating industry leading holistic health professionals since 1978. View our Alumni in Action online at ACHS is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACHS is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in integrative medicine fields, such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. For more information about ACHS programs visit

About DEAC

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as an institutional accreditor of distance education institutions. DEAC’s goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it accredits and a quality education for the more than two million students who annually study at its accredited institutions.