Campus and Apothecary Shoppe
5005 S. Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST
Note: This program was formerly called the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine.
Consumer use of integrative health and wellness continues to increase with a market size valued at USD 82.27 billion as of 2020 and continued growth expected (Grandview Research, 2021). The industry needs trained professionals now more than ever with expertise in areas such as the safe use of dietary supplements, lifestyle modifications for diverse populations, and professionals dedicated to the growth, innovation, and development of the integrative health and wellness sector. This interdisciplinary degree allows provides students with options to customize their degree within a wide range of specializations for an individualized focus that will distinguish them in the industry and prepare them to apply studies in the workforce.
Nutrition State Law Disclosures
Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. For example, some states have restrictions for using the title “Nutritionist” or “Nutrition Counselor”, while other states do not. Please note that ACHS programs do not train graduates to become a “Registered Dietitian.”
ACHS provides nutrition practice information by state online here and also partners with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) to continually educate students and graduates about professional opportunities in the holistic nutrition field. ACHS also provides new students in this program with a student membership to the NANP for one year.1
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-certification)3
1 Membership processed with NANP 4-6 weeks after student begins their first semester in an eligible program.
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.2
3 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 achs.edu/alumni/professional-exams-registration for more information or contact www.nanp.org/board-exam-eligibility.
Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.