Outstanding Graduate of the Year

About the ACHS Outstanding Graduate Award

Each year ACHS chooses a graduate to represent ACHS in the DEAC Annual Outstanding Graduate program. This program is designed to showcase the significant accomplishments of our graduates and specifically recognize the achievements of distance education students.  

We encourage all graduates to consider applying to be the next ACHS Outstanding Graduate. Faculty and ACHS staff can also nominate graduates for this distinction.


Outstanding Graduate Nomination Form



2020 Outstanding Graduate Spotlight: Stephanie Petersen

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Primed with double master’s degrees earned online, Stephanie plans to open a clinic and school.

Stephanie Petersen earned two master's degrees online from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Herbal Medicine and Holistic Nutrition with a 4.0 GPA. She studied online while working full-time as an education administrator and teacher at a massage school. Her education prepared her to teach courses in herbalism and pathology at work.

As an herbalist, Licensed Nutritionist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and yoga instructor, Stephanie will put her enthusiasm and passion for holistic health in motion by opening a unique business that educates and empowers community members with lifestyle diseases to reclaim their health. Her clinic will offer individual sessions and group classes in nutrition, herbs, exercise, and bodywork designed to improve each client’s current health. Stephanie is currently working on a book for those ready to take their healthy diet to the next level by incorporating nutrient-packed, health-promoting edible herbs.

“At ACHS, I developed my writing skills, found my self-confidence as an herbalist, and became qualified to be a licensed nutritionist. The courses, instructors, and administrative staff were all instrumental in my success. I am excited to put my new degrees to work creating my dream business,” says Stephanie Petersen.

Past Recipients

Laura Susan Johns
2019 Outstanding Graduate
Lisa Donaldson
2018 Outstanding Graduate
Stephanie Webb
2017 Outstanding Graduate
Dusty Floyd
2016 Outstanding Graduate
Stephanie Austin
2015 Outstanding Graduate
Shawn Hallum
2014 Outstanding Graduate
Tracey Robbins
2013 Outstanding Graduate
Emily Stein
2012 Outstanding Graduate
Robin Barnette
2011 Outstanding Graduate
Pat Reder
2010 Outstanding Graduate
Pamela Heyen
2009 Outstanding Graduate