Australasian College of Health Sciences approved to offer first fully online accredited and state approved Associates and Masters degree programs in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States

Portland, OR – Australasian College of Health Sciences (ACHS), recognized as an industry leader in holistic health education worldwide, received final approval on April 4, 2008 to offer the first fully online accredited and state approved Associates and Masters degree programs in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States. ACHS now offers an Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (AASCAM) degree to qualified candidates. This follows approval on December 21, 2007 to award the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (MSCAM). This represents an exciting development for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) industry. ACHS will also continue to offer individual courses, certificate and diploma programs for career training, and personal health and wellness.

ACHS President Dorene Petersen commented: “The degree approval and accreditation process has been an extensive one, and we’re delighted with the results. This achievement is a big move forward for the holistic health industry, and will allow existing health care professionals to move towards an increasingly common goal of integrated health care. For existing health care providers, our Graduate program provides a comprehensive scholarly approach to CAM that will enable them to understand and integrate CAM techniques and providers into the integrative health care team. Courses cover such issues as potential contraindications, and the latest research on efficacy of a wide range of modalities, including herbal dietary supplements and aromatherapy. The ultimate beneficiary will be the consumer of health care.”

Dorene Petersen concluded by adding, “The new degree programs will be an important part of ACHS’s mission and will greatly extend the College’s reach and reputation. More than five years ago, ACHS began moving towards degree granting status. Many individuals have contributed to this achievement, particularly ACHS academic and administrative staff, our Advisory Board, and our Faculty. They deserve a round of applause. We would also like to thank the staff at Oregon Health & Science University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine for their help and support. It is wonderful to be involved in such a collaborative effort, with the ultimate goal to benefit students and the industry.”

Admission to the degree programs is available to qualified applicants only and all applicants must be recommended for admission following an admissions interview (which can be conducted by phone or on campus.) Interested applicants should visit www.achs.edu or call 800-487-8839 for more information.

For more information about this release, please contact Barbara Leone at 503-244-0726 or email barbaraleone@achs.edu.

 

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