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.
2020 Outstanding Graduate Spotlight: Stephanie Petersen
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.