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The ACHS Online Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program offers students focused training in advanced applied holistic nutrition studying functional nutrition, nutrition biochemistry, wellness protocols to support optimal wellness, an integrative approach to anatomy and physiology, wellness coaching, and entrepreneurial skills for wellness professionals. There is an emphasis on integrating holistic nutrition research and coaching skills to prepare graduates for direct application of holistic nutrition theory, science, and concepts in holistic health lifestyle planning for optimal health.
The Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program provides professional holistic nutrition and wellness education from which community programming and client education can be based. This program trains graduates to apply current nutrition theories to a wide range of healthcare practices and develop nutrition and lifestyle plans for individuals, organizations, and community groups. Students in this program will be able to develop holistic nutrition advocacy plans that consider policy-making, academic research, manufacturing, and leadership. Students will also conduct a study or research review on a current issue or theory in integrative health and functional nutrition as part of their Capstone.
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 Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board.
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.
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.
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.