ACHS: One of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon

American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), an accredited, online integrative health college based in Portland, Oregon has been recognized as one of the 2019 Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine. This marks the third year ACHS has been honored with this distinction. Final rankings will be announced on February 28, 2019, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon (

The much anticipated ranking of the top 100 Best Companies to Work For will be listed in the March 2019 issue of Oregon Business Magazine along with a countdown of the 2019 top ten companies. The rankings are based on the confidential input of employees who answered questions about workplace satisfaction such as benefits, management, trust, work environment and career development. The survey was voluntary and free of charge; results are independently calculated by research partner Checkpoint Surveys.

After learning ACHS was ranked in the top 100 for 2019, we asked faculty and staff to share feedback that influenced their response on this year’s survey. Here’s what they shared:

Everyone is so nice, making ACHS the most pleasant place I’ve ever worked.

Audra Turner, ACHS Executive Assistant

ACHS is a fantastic place to work. Everyone is very supportive both professionally and personally. I feel that I am challenged to excel  in life-long learning, and I am supported and valued for my work performance.

Julie Moreschi, ACHS Nutrition & Integrative Health Faculty

ACHS is employee-friendly with great leadership who truly value what their employees bring to the organization.  For a relatively small company, they provide competitive benefits, provide for volunteer opportunities, and have a wonderful time working together.  It’s one of the best places I’ve ever worked.

Charli Hislop, ACHS VP of Academic Affairs

ACHS fosters a positive environment with excellent support services for students and faculty. It’s a great place to work!

Helen Delfakis, ACHS Nutrition Faculty

If I had to choose two words to describe working at ACHS, I would say kindness and excellence. The staff and faculty are some of the most knowledgeable, capable people I have ever worked with, and they deliver that skill with kindness. That is a rare and wonderful combination, to embody  kindness to foster excellence.

Judith Boice, ACHS Aromatherapy Faculty

“As a wellness-focused college and Certified B Corporation®, our mission is to educate our students, as well as our staff and community, about how to live healthier lives,” says ACHS Founding President, Dorene Petersen. “We are committed to operating with integrity deserving of the trust of our students, customers, suppliers, community, and staff — so it’s a great honor to be recognized by our family of employees for our efforts to make working at ACHS a healthy, rewarding experience.”

ACHS policies reflect the value of each staff member to the overall team and demonstrate the social impact that thoughtful corporate policies can have in the workplace. Creating policies like our paid parental leave and telecommuting options help our valuable, trusted and committed long-term employees balance work, family, and other pursuits. In a knowledge-based industry like ours, that adds significant value, and that is the heart of the B Corp™ supporting the triple bottom line of people and the planet, as well as profits. ACHS was the first accredited higher education institution specializing in holistic health and wellness to become a Certified B Corporation®.

Headquartered in the John’s Landing neighborhood of SW Portland, ACHS’s mission is to provide: professional online and on-campus education and high-quality natural products with a commitment to sustainable practices and principles. The college’s commitment includes a focus on green practices and principles to ensure a clean and safe working environment and to foster a culture of environmental stewardship within the office and the greater community.

In 2018 ACHS was named #5 of 100 Best Green Workplaces and #2 in 2018 by Oregon Business magazine. The college’s Apothecary Shoppe College Store is also an Oregon Tilth Certified Organic processor/handler and specializes in certified organic and pesticide-free essential oils and botanicals. https://www.apothec

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About ACHS

Founded in 1978, is a Portland, OR-based, accredited college offering online, on-campus, and study abroad integrative health education. ACHS also has a satellite campus in Kona, Hawaii. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and continuing education units in integrative health, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. ACHS is a Certified B Corporation® and was ranked five of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2018 by Oregon Business magazine. ACHS was also honored with 2016 and 2017 When Work Works awards, administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, and received the City of Portland Sustainability at Work Certification in 2017. ACHS is 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), and is also approved by the Office of Degree Authorization of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and authorized by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP). Visit