Online Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness

Total Credits Completed

The mission of the AAS Health and Wellness degree program is to broaden students’ knowledge and skills with a mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness. Students will explore various approaches to health and wellness and study the concepts, values, and applications of this exciting field of health science.

The AAS Health and Wellness program is aimed particularly at students who want to coach clients in developing healthy lifestyle habits, including: nutrition, managing daily stress, and becoming more physically active.  This program is intended for anyone seeking a healthier life for themselves and their families and to help others achieve health and wellness in a non-clinical setting through education and coaching strategies.

The Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness program is designed to provide a solid foundation for entry-level careers in traditional health settings such as hospitals, private medical offices, and public health agencies as well as integrative health and wellness organizations and companies.  Graduates can be at the forefront of the movement of collaborative and integrative health care. In addition, opportunities may exist in newly emerging preventative health services in corporate wellness centers, college health services, insurance agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.


Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (
Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (*

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of effective holistic wellness practices
Apply major behavior change theories when designing wellness plans
Apply a number of holistic wellness protocols, as well as motivational behaviors, to develop wellness plans for both clients and a general community audience
Review recent research in health and wellness coaching, and apply these findings to demonstrate evidence-based practice
Explain why the body functions better in a healthy state
Describe a variety of diseases that can upset the body’s mechanical and biochemical systems; apply effective educational approaches to help individuals restore balance and wellness
Identify scenarios and cases where it is appropriate to refer individuals to their licensed healthcare provider for diagnoses and treatment
Describe the details and logistics of setting up a private wellness coaching business; identify effective examples of record keeping, marketing, customer service, legal/ethical behavior, and management
Understand your state’s legal and regulatory requirements, and explain how you will practice within these legal parameters
Learn and adhere to the ethical and legal obligations of relevant industry organizations, including the International Coach Federation (ICF), the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), and the American Herbalist Guild (AHG)
Learn and adhere to the International Coach Federation (ICF) ethical guidelines and professional standards, including: establishing the coaching agreement, establishing trust and intimacy with the client, coaching presence, active listening, powerful questioning, direct communication, creating awareness, designing actions, planning and goal setting, and managing progress and accountability
Apply major behavior change theories and motivational behaviors to develop wellness plans, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness coaching for personal use, clients, and a general community audience
Communicate effectively during coaching sessions, and use language that has the greatest positive impact on the client
Conduct recorded face-to-face or telephone health coaching sessions and have them evaluated by his or her peers
Contribute to on-going research on coaching effectiveness
Describe the important contributions of advocates, academic researchers, and industry leaders in the field of motivational health behavior planning
Use behavioral change and motivational listening and observation skills for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client and to create a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust

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: ACHS students complete a total of 21 credits of general education. HECC requires students to complete at least 15 semester credit hours in general education courses including the undergraduate English composition requirement.

Electives or Specialization Track: To complete this program, students may select specialization tracks or 15 credits of elective study.

*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 for more information or contact


Career Goals:

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Health and Wellness prepares students to enter the health and wellness industry as a:

  • Health and Wellness Consultant, Educator1, Writer, or Speaker
  • Health and Wellness Consultant within Community Health Organizations, Government, Residential Care Facilities, Schools, Prisons, Community Wellness programs, Retirement Villages, Retirement Homes, Frail Care Centers, Nursing Homes, and Home Healthcare Agencies
  • Health and Wellness Practitioner
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Health Care Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, Spa facility
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Consultant
  • Wellness or Lifestyle Coach or Consultant
  • Support roles including: Administrative or support role in any company in the healthcare industry, Customer service role within the healthcare industry, Sales associate role within the healthcare industry  
  • Medical Assistant, administrator, reception, or other support role in a licensed naturopathic clinic or other healthcare setting

The Associates degree is also designed for:

  • Medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of this exciting field and integrate it into a new or existing practice, including Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Naturopaths, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, or Social Workers who are not looking for undergraduate level study
  • Consumers looking to integrate holistic health principles into their life for their personal health and wellbeing.

For all graduates, this program:

  • Is approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professional (NANP)
  • Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (, entitling successful candidates to use the title, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®”, in accordance with State laws.2

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.

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. Most health education positions require a minimum of a bachelors degree and/or eligibility for the CHES exam. 

[2] Depending on electives chosen.


Last revised 5/4/20

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