ACHS Becomes a Certified B Corporation®

BCorp LogoACHS LogoAmerican College of Healthcare Sciences achieves Certified B Corps status, demonstrating commitment to higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

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.

Certified B Corps 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.


“At ACHS, we’re a community of holistic health learners. Our motto is: Learn well. Live well. Educate others. We operate with a focus on people and the planet, not just the bottom line, and we’re thrilled to join a like-minded community of corporations that are devoted to transparency, accountability, and bettering our world for others,” says ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen.

To become a Certified B Corp, ACHS completed a rigorous review process that analyzed the College’s practices such as purchasing, customer service, student success, and sustainability practices. ACHS was able to demonstrate how it puts people, community, and sustainability at the forefront of operations. The performance standards Certified B Corps meet are comprehensive, transparent, and verified. Certified B Corps are committed to considering the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., students, graduates, faculty, staff, customers, vendors, community, and the environment).

“As a college, our mission is to provide leadership in holistic health education through comprehensive professional online and on-campus education and high-quality natural products with a commitment to sustainable practices and principles. We train future integrative health professionals who will in turn share health and wellness tools worldwide,” says ACHS Chief Strategy Officer Erika Yigzaw. “One of our institutional learning outcomes is to impart professionalism, integrity, and ethical and social responsibility, so it is important for us to lead by example. Becoming a Certified B Corp demonstrates not only that we are fulfilling our mission, but how we truly practice what we preach (or teach!), every day.”

For more information about ACHS’s Certified B Corps status, visit

For more information about this press release, please call 800.487.8839 or email [email protected]. For more information about accredited undergraduate and graduate holistic health and wellness programs, contact ACHS admissions at 800.487.8839 or visit

About ACHS

Founded in 1978, is an accredited global educator in online integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and CEUs in integrative medicine, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community of learners, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness. A Certified B Corporation and 2016 Top Green Workplace, ACHS is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal–to redefine success in business. Learn more online at