Melissa Whittaker (2014): This course, including all of the courses I have taken during my time at ACHS, are well worth the investment! They provide supportive, knowledgeable professors and staff, intriguing course material and assignments, and a wealth of knowledge to absorb and assimilate into, not only my professional life, but my daily life as well.

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Marcia Briseno (2014): I highly recommend this course to anyone thinking about entering into any type of clinical practice or outreach within the community. Or for those who are entering into the herbal or aromatherapy area, the knowledge and understanding of the human body is so very important.

Jayna Carter (2014): I truly thought I knew a lot along the lines of holistic nutrition. I realize now that I was only scratching the surface, until my studies at ACHS! The textbooks were SO interesting, and I feel that I have acquired so much knowledge in such a short amount of time. I can't wait to start my new career in helping others live healthier more vibrant lives through nutrition.

Amanda Ptak (2014): Wonderful program that I would recommend to anyone that is interested in holistic health. 

Avary Kerestes (2014): So far, I have only completed 2 classes in the Holistic Nutrition Masters degree program, but I find I am more excited about this degree every day. I cannot stop talking about it and the wonderful things I am learning. I am proud to attend this school and am grateful to have found such a valuable program to teach me the knowledge I was seeking and so much more. In just 2 classes, ACHS has changed my life already. I can't wait for the next class! 

Nancy Delk (2014): As always, the quality of the education I'm receiving from ACHS is top-notch! I would recommend this college to anyone and hope to be able to actually make it to Portland someday to visit! 

The mission of the AAS Health and Wellness degree program is to broaden students’ knowledge and skills with a mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness. Students will explore various approaches to health and wellness and study the concepts, values, and applications of this exciting field of health science.

The AAS Health and Wellness program is aimed particularly at students who want to coach clients in developing healthy lifestyle habits, including: nutrition, managing daily stress, and becoming more physically active.  This program is intended for anyone seeking a healthier life for themselves and their families and to help others achieve health and wellness in a non-clinical setting through education and coaching strategies.

The Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness program is designed to provide a solid foundation for entry-level careers in traditional health settings such as hospitals, private medical offices, and public health agencies as well as integrative health and wellness organizations and companies.  Graduates can be at the forefront of the movement of collaborative and integrative health care. In addition, opportunities may exist in newly emerging preventative health services in corporate wellness centers, college health services, insurance agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

Career Goals:

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Health and Wellness prepares students to enter the health and wellness industry as a:

  • Health and Wellness Consultant, Educator [1], Writer, or Speaker
  • Health and Wellness Consultant within Community Health Organizations, Government, Residential Care Facilities, Schools, Prisons, Community Wellness programs, Retirement Villages, Old Age Homes, Frail Care Centers, Nursing Homes and Home Healthcare Agencies
  • Health and Wellness Practitioner
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Wellness Coach
  • Lifestyle coach or consultant
  • Health Care Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, Spa facility
  • Administrative or support role in any company in the health care industry such as medical center, fitness or wellness center, private practice yoga studio, natural food store, restaurant or educational facility.
  • Customer service role within the health care industry
  • Sales associate role within the health care industry
  • Medical Assistant, administrator, reception, or other support role in a licensed naturopathic clinic or other healthcare setting

The Associates degree is also designed 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 undergraduate level study
  • Consumers looking to integrate holistic health principles into their life for their personal health and wellbeing.

Industry Recognition & Credentialing:

  • Is approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (
  • Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit the Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board ( 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.

Program Objectives:

Specifically, graduates from the Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of effective holistic wellness practices
  • Apply major behavior change theories when designing wellness plans
  • Apply a number of holistic wellness protocols, as well as motivational behaviors, to develop wellness plans for both clients and a general community audience
  • Review recent research in health and wellness coaching, and apply these findings to demonstrate evidence-based practice
  • Describe a variety of diseases that can upset the body’s mechanical and biochemical systems; apply effective educational approaches to help individuals restore balance and wellness
  • Describe the details and logistics of setting up a private wellness coaching business; identify effective examples of record keeping, marketing, customer service, legal/ethical behavior, and management
  • Learn and adhere to the ethical and legal obligations of relevant industry organizations, including the International Coach Federation (ICF), the National Association For Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), and the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) [2]
  • Learn and adhere to the International Coach Federation (ICF) ethical guidelines and professional standards, including: establishing the coaching agreement, establishing trust and intimacy with the client, coaching presence, active listening, powerful questioning, direct communication, creating awareness, designing actions, planning and goal setting, and managing progress and accountability
  • Apply major behavior change theories and motivational behaviors to develop wellness plans, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness coaching for personal use, clients, and a general community audience
  • Communicate effectively during coaching sessions, and use language that has the greatest positive impact on the client
  • Contribute to on-going research on coaching effectiveness
  • Describe the important contributions of advocates, academic researchers, and industry leaders in the field of motivational health behavior planning
  • Use behavioral change and motivational listening and observation skills for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client and to create a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust

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.

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


[1] This degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator.
[2] Depending on electives chosen.