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

stephanie petersen deac prePrimed 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

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