Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences: Earn an Accredited Integrative Health and Wellness Degree

Department
Total Credits Completed
120

Overview

Throughout the ACHS Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences (BSIHS) program, students learn to integrate modern science with holistic health and wellness principles. After exploring biological sciences such as anatomy, physiology, psychology, biology, and chemistry, students delve into the scientific world of natural health such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, lifestyle modifications, and holistic nutrition. ACHS offers a hands-on approach to learning—many classes include practical lab kits, which students use to explore and create natural remedies. 

Graduates will be able to embrace the philosophy of holistic health, encompassing the whole person, while developing diverse perspectives on wellness to encourage creative problem solving to achieve balance and 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:

Chart of degree requirements

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Highlights

Meets the curriculum requirements of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Level II education standards for students selecting the Aromatherapy Specialization
Meets the curriculum requirements of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists’ Advanced Practitioner Aromatherapy education standards for students selecting the Aromatherapy Specialization

Learning Outcomes

Integrate principles from modern-day medicine with natural health practices to support optimal wellness for individuals and the community.
Define and explain the principles of natural and holistic health practices such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, lifestyle counseling, and nutrition.
Describe the structure of the body and the functions of the organs in a healthy state.
Investigate the health status of the client, and identify the mechanical and biochemical changes caused by a variety of diseases or imbalances.
Educate clients on appropriate holistic health protocols that can help to rebalance the body and restore wellness.
Formulate natural remedies such as aromatherapy and herbal medicine blends to support health and wellness.
Investigate, evaluate and apply current scientific literature to integrative health & wellness practices.
Identify opportunities for a future career in integrative health 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.

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

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
  • Allied Health professional other support role in an integrative medical clinic or other 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:

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Tuition and Fees:

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Recommended Sequence:

Your advisor will work with you prior to enrollment to prepare your academic plan for this program including your eligible transfer of credit and opportunities to challenge courses by exam. Our guided pathways are developed by ACHS faculty, subject matter experts, and your advisor and are designed with your success in mind! Chat with an advisor today and learn more!

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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. 

 

Last revised 8/4/18

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