Outstanding Graduate of the Year


2019 DEAC Outstanding Graduate of the Year: Laura Susan Johns

Laura Susan Johns of Lakeland, Florida will be honored as the Distance Education and Accrediting Commission (DEAC) 2019 Outstanding Graduate on June 21, 2019, at the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) graduation ceremony, to be held at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon. The DEAC Outstanding Graduate of the Year award celebrates the achievements of distance education students who have demonstrated academic excellence and consistent commitment to society and their chosen profession.

Johns achieved honors as a graduate of the ACHS Master of Science in Complementary Alternative MedicineGraduate Certificate in  Complementary Alternative Medicine and Graduate Certificate in Herbal Medicine Programs. She also holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida. It was her interest in natural and herbal medicine that led her to enroll in the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine program at American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) in December 2013.  

Johns interest in understanding both allopathic and herbal medicines guided her to customize her Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine program to fit her interest in learning as many modalities as possible. Her combined education resulted in acquiring a deeper holistic viewpoint.

“Completing this degree program and being able to learn about so many different natural modalities has made me a more knowledgeable pharmacist.  I can now better understand both allopathic and natural medicines and the consequences and rewards of blending them together,” says Laura Susan Johns.

Since completing her programs with ACHS, Johns is developing her own consulting and education business, in which she can meet with patients, provide education and become a patient advocate. Additionally, she is working with a local health food store to offer educational information to the public.  She believes that by publishing her Doctoral and Masters capstone papers the knowledge she has gained will provide valuable education to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.  Johns enjoys personal contact with her audience and is available to present her work in seminar settings.

About the ACHS Outstanding Graduate Award

Each year ACHS chooses a graduate to represent the College in the DEAC Annual Outstanding Graduate program. Selection criteria includes review of the graduate's academic record as well as the level and quality of their contribution to society and to their chosen profession. 

Past Recipients