Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition


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

[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 for more information or contact

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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Recommended Sequence

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Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board [1]

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare the different types of nutraceuticals, such as vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, and functional foods.
  • Evaluate current research, including theories, practices, and ethical and cultural considerations in the practice of functional nutrition and integrative health modalities.
  • Apply theories and models of behavior change to promote optimal wellness across diverse populations.
  • Develop skills in delivering engaging and informative nutrition education sessions to clients, communities, and organizations to promote optimal health.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify business opportunities, assess risks, and make informed decisions.
  • Assess new ideas, trends, and approaches to drive growth, innovation, and sustainability in a holistic wellness business.
  • Develop the components of a nutrition business to effectively implement record keeping, required insurance, scope of practice, ethics, legal considerations, marketing, and networking.

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

General Education: Requires 30 SCH of general education made up of the 1-year undergraduate English composition requirement and 24 SCH in the liberal arts & sciences, including six SCH in: humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

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 - [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.
  • 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
  • Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Consultant
  • Master Nutrition Therapist
  • 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

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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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