Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition

Department
Total Credits Completed
120

Overview

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.

Nutrition State Law Disclosures

If you are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition or dietetics, you should consult with the appropriate state board to assure that your credentials will allow you to achieve your professional goals. Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. You can also view more information online here. Please note this degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator at this time.1

Completing This Degree

This program is designed to meet all requirements of an undergraduate bachelor of science degree. Credits are completed in the following areas:

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Highlights

Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) - http://www.nanp.org
Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (https://www.nanp.org/board-exam-eligibility) [1]

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.

English Composition: Students must complete at least 6 semester credit hours of English composition or equivalent OR Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)-approved writing courses; testing options also available.

General Education: The degree requires 30 semester credit hours of general education made up of the one-year undergraduate English composition requirement and 24 semester credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences, with at least six credits in each o

Electives or Specialization Track: To complete this program, students may select a specialization track or 30 credits of elective study.

Career Goals:

  • Health and Wellness Coach, Consultant, Educator2, 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.

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Admissions Requirements:

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

Tuition and Fees:

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Recommended Sequence:

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Program Data:

ACHS Program Fact Sheet

[1] Please note: In addition to completing this program, documentation of 500 hours (includes a minimum of 250 direct contact hours and up to 250 indirect contact hours) of professional experience in holistic nutrition is also required. NANP also offers an exception for new graduates that defers these requirements for two years if the exam is taken within 12 months of graduation. Please visit https://achs.edu/alumni/professional-exams-registration for more information or contact https://www.nanp.org/board-exam-eligibility.

[2] 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. 

 

Last updated 8/7/18

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