Diploma in Holistic Health Practice (HHP)


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.

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.

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.​


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 education requirements for graduates to sit the Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board [2]

[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 https://achs.edu/alumni/professional-exams-registration for more information or contact https://www.nanp.org/board-exam-eligibility

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain human anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology in the professional practice of holistic health.
  • Interpret current research, including theories, practices, and ethical and cultural considerations to promote holistic health.
  • Utilize effective communication skills to develop trust and confidence during client consultation sessions.
  • Develop the components of a wellness business to effectively implement record keeping, insurance, scope of practice, ethics, legal considerations, marketing, networking, and state and federal regulations.
  • Apply informed consent, intake skills, scope of practice, assessment skills, and wellness protocols in the design of evidence-based wellness plans.
  • Identify opportunities for community agencies to promote health and wellness.

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.

Introduction to Aromatherapy Online – AROMA 101

Aromatherapy I Online – AROMA 203

Aromatherapy II Online – AROMA 303

Aromatherapy III Online – AROMA 304

Essential Oil Chemistry for Integrative Health Professionals Online – AROMA 305

Introduction to Biology Online – BIO 111

Botany & Plant Identification Online – HERB 331

Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship Online – BUS 101

Business Communications for Wellness Professionals Online – BUS 304

Entrepreneurial Marketing for Integrative Health Professionals Online – BUS 390

Chemistry for Health Sciences Online – CHEM 120

Writing for Integrative Health Communication I Online – ENG 101

Writing for Integrative Health Communication II Online – ENG 201

Introduction to Environmental Science Online – ENV 201

Stress Management and Emotional Health Online – HED 303

Foundations of Herbal Studies I Online – HERB 101

Foundations of Herbal Studies II Online – HERB 201

Herbal Materia Medica I Online – HERB 302

Herbal Materia Medica II Online – HERB 303

Herbal Materia Medica III Online – HERB 304

History of Health and Healing Online – HLTH 202

Personal & Community Health Online – HLTH 101

Physical Activity & Wellness Online – HLTH 201

Community Health Planning Online – HLTH 410

Public Health Education Online – HLTH 416

Principles & Practices of Integrative Health Online – IHS 100

Integrative Health Approaches for Wellness Online – IHS 101

Quantitative Reasoning I – MTH 101

Quantitative Reasoning II – MTH 201

Nutrition, Bodycare & Herbalism Online – NAT 101

Energetic Modalities I: Flower Essences Online – NAT 202

Historical Modalities I: Iridology Online – NAT 203

Energetic Modalities II: Homeopathy Online – NAT 204

Wellness Coaching & Communication Skills Online – NAT 305

Introduction to Nutrition Online – NUT 101

Evolution of Food and Culture Online – NUT 210

Advanced Nutrition Principles I Online – NUT 301

Advanced Nutrition Principles II Online – NUT 302

Nutrition Across the Lifespan Online – NUT 303

Sports Nutrition Online – NUT 304

Topics in Holistic Nutrition Online – NUT 309

Food Production & Healthy Cooking Online – NUT 311

Nutrition Profession and Practice Online – NUT 312

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements Online – NUT 401

Nutrition Coaching & Communication Skills Online – NUT 415

Special Topics in Nutrition – Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Diets Online – NUT 499

Personal Fitness Training Online – PFT 101

Think Smarter! Strengthening Reasoning and Writing Skills Online – PHL 101

Applied Ethics Online – PHL 202

Introduction to Psychology Online – PSY 101

Health Psychology Online – PSY 303

Introduction to Research Methods Online – RES 301

Introduction to Sociology Online – SOC 101

Career Goals:

  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Natural Health Consultant or Coach
  • Holistic Health Counselor
  • Holistic Health Educator¹ - [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.
  • 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

Current Instructors:

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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:

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.

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