Outstanding Graduate of the Year Program

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. Applications are due August 15th each year. Review the selection criteria below and apply to become the next outstanding graduate!

Meet 2016 DEAC Outstanding Graduate of the Year Dusty Floyd

Dusty Floyd DEAC 2016 Outstanding GraduateDEAC 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 (http://www.premier-medicine.com).

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.”

About ACHS

American College of Healthcare Sciences has been educating industry leading holistic health professionals since 1978. View our Alumni in Action online at https://www.achs.edu/alumni/in-action. 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 www.achs.edu.

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.