This terminal professional degree allows students to work towards two specializations: Herbal Medicine or Aromatherapy or to complete a general degree.
The Associates program in Complementary Alternative Medicine, depending on the specialization chosen, prepares students to enter the Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) industry as a:
Depending on the specialization, the Associates degree prepares students to move onto clinical practicum work offered through on-campus institutions and industry bodies and to then enter the industry as a:
The Associates degree is ideal for medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of this exciting field and integrate it into a new or existing practice, including Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Naturopaths, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, or Social Workers who are not looking for graduate level study. This degree is ideal for anyone looking to integrate holistic health principles into their life for their personal health and well-being.
Industry Recognition & Credentialing:
For all graduates, this program:
For Herbal Specialization graduates, this program:
For Aromatherapy Specialization graduates, this program:
Watch an interview ACHS AAS & 2013 DETC Outstanding Graduate Tracey Robbins and ACHS President Dorene Petersen:
Specifically, Graduates from the Associates of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (AAS) program will be able to:
The core curriculum grounds students in holistic health concepts, language, anatomy and physiology and pathology as a means of examining imbalances in the body’s structure and function. The core provides a basis on which students can explore more advanced concepts in elective courses.
The full program objectives for this program can be found in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.
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Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.
ACHS Aromatherapy graduates have a five year (2008-2012) success rate of 97.2% on the Aromatherapy Registration Council National Exam leading to registration as a Registered Aromatherapist.
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|Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine||2||21-1091.00 Health Educators ||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/21-1091.00|
|39-1021.01 Spa Managers||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-1021.01|
Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the Dean of Admissions.
Tuition and Fees:
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The recommended course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.
ACHS’s AAS student body is diverse in experience and students’ academic and career objectives mirror that diversity. To help students tailor their holistic heath education to their personal interests or career goals, ACHS offers the option of two AAS specializations. When choosing a specialization, students will also choose one elective to complement their training, completing a total of 9 credits of training in addition to the core study:
The focus of the Aromatherapy Department is holistic aromatology. Holistic aromatology focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of essential oils. We use the terms “aromatherapy” and “aromatology” interchangeably throughout the program. All healing modalities offered by ACHS focus on the holistic approach. Our philosophy is that only by taking care of the whole person, the physical, emotional, and spiritual, can health and wellness occur.
The Aromatherapy specialization is an advanced and in-depth study of the science and art of aromatherapy. This program meets the Level II Alliance of International Aromatherapists education standards and exceeds the curriculum requirements of the NAHA Level Two education standards. Many graduates choose to take the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) examination. Visit www.aromatherapycouncil.org for details.
The focus of the Herbal Medicine Department is holistic health. Holistic health focuses on restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the application of herbal dietary supplements and remedies. All healing modalities offered by ACHS focus on the holistic approach. Our philosophy is that only by taking care of the whole person, the physical, emotional, and spiritual, can health and wellness occur. Graduates of this specialization are eligible to apply for professional membership to the American Herbalists Guild once they have earned the required clinical hours.
The Herbal Medicine specialization is a rigorous and extensive program designed for the serious student seeking a professional working knowledge of herbal studies. This program is ideal for medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of this exciting field and integrate it into their practice, including MDs, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, or Social Workers.