Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine


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 that this program does not prepare students to be eligible to sit for the NCHEC CHES exam and become a Certified Health Education Specialist.1

Program Overview
Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Natural Medicine continues to increase, fueled by a number of factors, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population. The challenge to the industry will be to integrate CAM to most benefit the consumer, focusing on the complementary rather than the alternative nature of the wide variety of modalities available and leading the way forward to a wellness based concept of healthcare.

ACHS has developed a unique and innovative approach to the degree of Master of Science in CAM, with a clear mission to educate outstanding men and women to provide leadership in the industry. Those who would play a part in leading the industry to successful integration must be able to facilitate change in a holistic and encompassing manner in the context of rapid change in the health care industry.


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 an in-depth, advanced knowledge base that maximizes the innovative use of information that reflects the current theories, best practices, and research in preparation for application or further research in the prevention and wellness industry
  • Develop a solid knowledge base of CAM modalities and be able to apply that knowledge by informing and assisting practitioners and consumers of CAM products and protocols
  • Evaluate and generate best practices for CAM evidence-based healing methods
  • Evaluate and provide guidance on the potential for herb-herb and herb-drug interactions
  • Locate, analyze and evaluate, and make effective use of CAM research from the scientific literature and provide guidance for practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders and manufacturer
  • Assist with designing and planning appropriate clinical studies elucidating the underlying mechanisms of action of CAM therapies, facilitating their integration into conventional medical care, and stimulating professionalism, integrity, and social responsibilities in the prevention and wellness industry

Elective Courses

Aromatherapy Science Online – AROMA 501

Aromatherapy I Online – AROMA 503

Aromatherapy II Online – AROMA 504

Aromatherapy III Online – AROMA 505

Aromatherapy Chemistry Online – AROMA 507

Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership – BUS 510

Managerial Economics – BUS 512

Business Law – BUS 514

Accounting and Financial Management – BUS 516

Project Management – BUS 518

Business Analytics – BUS 520

Marketing & Communications – BUS 522

Human Capital – BUS 531

Operations & Value Chain Management – BUS 533

Sustainable Community Economies – BUS 535

General, Organic, and Biochemistry Online – CHEM 501

Stress Management and Emotional Health Online – HED 503

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica I Online – HERB 502

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II Online – HERB 503

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica III Online – HERB 504

Principles of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry Online – HERB 521

Botany and Plant Identification for the Holistic Practitioner Online – HERB 531

Toxicology and Safety in Botanical Medicine & Herbal Supplements Online – HERB 541

Foundations of Health Education Online – HLED 553

Program Planning for Health Educators Online – HLED 554

Homeopathy Online – HOM 501

Introduction to Integrative Health Sciences Online – NAT 500

Anatomy & Physiology I Online – NAT 501

Anatomy & Physiology II Online – NAT 502

Integrative Pathophysiology Online – NAT 503

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Pathology & Protocols Online – NAT 504

Wellness Coaching & Communication Skills Online – NAT 515

Advanced Applied Holistic Nutrition Online – NUT 501

Nutrition Biochemistry I Online – NUT 502

Nutrition Biochemistry II Online – NUT 503

Advanced Sports Nutrition Online – NUT 504

Graduate Topics in Holistic Nutrition Online – NUT 509

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements Online – NUT 510

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Career Goals:

  • Scholar
  • Educator
  • Advocate
  • Lifestyle Coach
  • Adjunct to an existing healthcare professional

Current Instructors:

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Admissions Requirements:

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.

Tuition and Fees:

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