Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition

Total Credits Completed


Throughout the ACHS Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (BSHN) program, students learn to integrate modern science with holistic nutrition principles. After exploring biological sciences such as anatomy, physiology, psychology, biology and chemistry, students delve into the scientific world of holistic nutrition. ACHS offers a hands-on approach to learning—many classes include practical lab kits, which students use to explore concepts related to nutrition. 

Graduates will learn how to gather nutrition information, evaluate that information, and develop customized nutritional suggestions and protocols for individuals and communities alike. The holistic nutrition program emphasizes evaluation of the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—while developing diverse perspectives on wellness. 

This program is designed to meet all requirements of an undergraduate bachelor of science degree including 30 credits in general education, 30 credits in core sciences, 30 credits in nutrition, and 30 credits in elective courses for a total of 120 semester credit hours (four academic years in full-time post-secondary study).


Learning Outcomes

Differentiate and evaluate the principles of conventional and holistic nutrition.
Describe the structure of the body and the functions of the organs in a healthy state.
Investigate the health status of a client, and identify the mechanical and biochemical changes caused by a variety of diseases or imbalances.
Facilitate behavioral changes by educating and coaching clients on holistic nutrition protocols that can help to rebalance the body and restore wellness.
Describe and apply the appropriate use of dietary supplements.
Investigate, evaluate and apply current scientific literature to holistic nutrition practices.
Identify opportunities for a future career in holistic nutrition.
Appreciate the value of lifelong learning and community involvement by discovering, exploring and bridging concepts related to the social sciences, liberal arts, humanities, and natural sciences.

Career Goals

  • Health and Wellness Coach, Consultant, Educator1, Writer, or Speaker
  • Health and Wellness Consultant within Community Health Organizations, Government, Residential Care Facilities, Schools, Prisons, Community Wellness programs, Retirement Villages, Old Age Homes, Frail Care Centers, Nursing Homes and Home Healthcare Agencies
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Administrative or support role in any company in the healthcare industry, such as medical center, fitness or wellness center, private practice yoga studio, natural food store, restaurant, or educational facility
  • Nutrition Consultant (in accordance with state law) for health food store, restaurants, fitness centers
  • Allied health professional, or other support role in an integrative medicine clinic or other integrative healthcare setting
  • Continued study in an integrative health program 

Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

Gainful Employment Information:

Important Information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: click here

Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

Tuition and Fees:

To estimate the program tuition and fees, click on the required course name below for each Total Course Price or click here for the projected maximum cost for this program, including materials that have the greatest outlay for students.

Recommended Sequence:

The recommended course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.

Program Data:


ACHS Program Fact Sheet

[1] Please note that this program does not prepare students to be eligible to sit for the NCHEC CHES exam and become a Certified Health Education Specialist. 

Get More Information