Carole Berg (2014): Excellent course! So happy that I was able to understand and do well in it...a must for anyone interested in pursuing a career in aromatherapy! 

academics, Aromatherapy

Traci Thies (2014): ACHS staff continue to check in with me and assist to keep me on track as well as always helpful when information is needed. They are very easy to get a hold of and to get the information I need right away. Love that!

academics, Aromatherapy

Deborah Batchelor (2014): I have been enjoying my studies at ACHS. I am always learning and growing through the course materials and the interactions with the instructors and my classmates. The best decision I have made toward my education was to enroll at ACHS!

academics, Aromatherapy

This terminal professional degree allows students to work towards two specializations: Herbal Medicine or Aromatherapy or to complete a general degree.

Career Goals:

The Associates program in Complementary Alternative Medicine, depending on the specialization chosen, prepares students to enter the Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) industry as a:

  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Holistic Health Educator, Writer, or Speaker
  • Master Herbalist
  • Herbal Educator
  • Herbal Consultant
  • Herbal Retailer
  • Wellness Coach
  • Lifestyle Coach or Consultant
  • Herbal Writer
  • Aromatherapist, Aromatherapy Consultant, or Aromatologist
  • Aromatherapy Product Formulator and Manufacturer
  • Healthcare Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, or Spa facility
  • Aromatherapy Retailer
  • Aromatherapy Educator, Author, or Speaker
  • Administrative or support role in any company in the healthcare industry
  • Customer service role within the healthcare industry
  • Sales associate role within the healthcare industry

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:

  • Registered Herbalist (AHG)
  • Registered Aromatherapist (ARC)
  • Clinical Herbalist
  • Clinical Aromatherapist
  • Herbal Products Manufacturer
  • Herbal Products Formulator
  • Aromatherapy Product Formulator and Manufacturer
  • Perfumer
  • Healthcare Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, or Spa facility
  • Massage Therapist specializing in Aromatherapy
  • Esthetician specializing in Aromatherapy
  • Medical Assistant, Administrator, Reception, or other support role in a licensed naturopathic clinic or other health clinic

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:

  • Is approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (http://www.nanp.org)
  • Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit the Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (http://nanp.org/hncb) entitling successful candidates to use the following designations: Certified Nutritionist (CN), Nutrition Consultant (NC), Nutrition Educator (NE), or Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) in accordance with applicable State laws.

For Herbal Specialization graduates, this program:

For Aromatherapy Specialization graduates, this program:

  • Meets the curriculum requirements of the NAHA Level Two education standards
  • Is the only nationally accredited Alliance of International Aromatherapists' Level II Clinical Aromatherapy training program
  • Qualifies graduates to sit the national registration exam with the Aromatherapy Registration Council (http://www.aromatherapycouncil.org) to become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA) 

Watch an interview ACHS AAS & 2013 DETC Outstanding Graduate Tracey Robbins and ACHS President Dorene Petersen:

Program Objectives:

Specifically, Graduates from the Associates of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (AAS) program will be able to:

  • Discuss and describe the body’s structure and function in a healthy state;
  • Understand and identify the mechanical and biochemical changes caused by a variety of diseases or imbalances to be able to address system imbalances and provide education that individuals can use to restore wellness;
  • Evaluate when to refer individuals to their licensed healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment;
  • Educate others about appropriate holistic health protocols that can help to rebalance the body and restore wellness, both for general good health and when particular ailments demonstrate an imbalance in the body and lifestyle;
  • Use and understand appropriate medical terminology to facilitate discussion with licensed healthcare providers and facilitate integration of CAM into the healthcare system, yet understand the appropriate terminology for use with consumers;
  • Outline the steps to set up a business, including insurance, management, legal issues, ethics, including AHG ethics and ARC requirements, keeping records, listening and observation skills, informed consent, marketing, business planning, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness counseling;
  • Locate information from State regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with local and State requirements;
  • Identify appropriate dietary supplements for specific instances, taking into account safety and dosage issues;
  • Discuss herbal medicine and aromatherapy, their history, and status of current research, including how to locate studies in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Identify the major active constituents, safety issues, historical uses, latest research results, including drug/herb interactions, uses, preparations, and more, for popular botanicals and educate others about the botanicals and essential oils studied;
  • Understand common issues in plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, field identification and safety procedures and be able to educate others about these issues.

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.

Current Instructors: 

View all ACHS instructor bios, photos and courses taught online here.

Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

Industry Success:

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.

Occupational Information:

ACHS Degree Program Program Level Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code Occupational Profiles [Source O*NET] and Website Link [Source O*NET]
Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine 2 21-1091.00  Health Educators [1]  http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/21-1091.00
39-1021.01 Spa Managers http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-1021.01

>> Click here to review the full Gainful Employment disclosure for this program.

Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the Dean of Admissions.

Tuition and Fees:

To estimate the program tuition and fees, click on the required course name below for each Total Course Price or click here for the projected maximum cost for this program, including materials that have the greatest outlay for students.

Recommended Sequence:

The recommended course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.

Total Credits Completed

60

Elective credits needed

9

Description

ACHS AAS Specializations

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:

  • Aromatherapy Specialization
  • Herbal Medicine Specialization

Aromatherapy Specialization

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.

Herbal Medicine Specialization

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.