Online Diploma in Holistic Health Practice (HHP)

Total Credits Completed

The Diploma in Holistic Health Practice is a professional training program for people seeking to earn a comprehensive and recognized credential to establish a holistic health practice or to add to an existing health care practice.

Career Goals:

  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Natural Health Consultant or Coach
  • Holistic Health Counselor
  • Holistic Health Educator1
  • Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Consultant
  • Master Nutrition Therapist
  • Wellness Consultant 
  • Depending on electives or specialization track chosen: Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Nutrition Consultant

Nutrition Practice Information (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.


Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (
Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit the Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board ( [2]
Meets the curriculum requirements of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists’ Advanced Practitioner Aromatherapy education standards for students selecting the Aromatherapy specialization electives (AROMA 203, AROMA 303, AROMA 304).
Meets the curriculum requirements of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Level II education standards for students selecting the Aromatherapy specialization electives (AROMA 203, AROMA 303, AROMA 304).

Learning Outcomes

Outline the steps to set up a business, including insurance, management, legal issues, ethics (including AHG ethics and ARC requirements), keeping records, listening and observation skills, informed consent, marketing, business planning, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness counseling
Locate information from state regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with local and state requirements
Discuss herbal medicine, aromatherapy, or basic nutrition, their history, and status of current research, including how to locate studies in peer-reviewed journals
Indicate when to refer individuals to their licensed healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment
Discuss and describe the body’s structure and function in a healthy state
Understand and identify the mechanical and biochemical changes caused by a variety of diseases or imbalances to be able to address system imbalances and provide education that individuals can use to restore wellness
Educate others about the basics of nutrition and the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle in the support of long-term health, including how to locate studies in peer-reviewed journals
Use and understand appropriate medical terminology to facilitate discussion with licensed healthcare providers and facilitate integration of CAM into the healthcare system, yet understand the appropriate terminology for use with consumers
Educate others about appropriate holistic health protocols that can help to rebalance the body and restore wellness, both for general good health and when particular ailments demonstrate an imbalance in the body and lifestyle
Discuss the safe use of aromatherapy, flower essences, herbal medicine, homeopathy, or iridology to support long-term health (based on elective choices)

Electives: To complete this program, students may select a specialization track or nine credits of elective study. Students may choose from all undergraduate courses; prerequisites must be met where applicable.

    Current Instructors: 

    View all ACHS instructor bios, photos and courses taught online 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 to view each Total Course Price. Information is also provided in the Program Fact Sheet.

    Required Sequence:

    Admissions and student services advisors work with students to provide them with an academic plan prior to enrollment. This guided pathway is developed by ACHS faculty, subject matter experts, and academic advisors and is designed to promote student success. Some students may be asked to take courses in a particular order following assessment of their previous education and experience, even if there is not a specific prerequisite for a course.​


    ​​​​​​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 bachelor’s degree and/or eligibility for the CHES exam. 

    [2] 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

    Last updated 5/4/20

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