American College of Healthcare Sciences logoPortland, Ore.—As the holistic health and wellness industry continues to gain mainstream acceptance, more active duty, retired and family members of the military are looking to this field as a secondary or complementary career option to their military service. 
 
As with any growing field, it can be difficult to decide on a program that incorporates academic integrity and affordability, as well as specialized support for military students. However, a holistic health education is becoming more accessible for military service members and veterans. The Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) as an institution in the Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This allows ACHS to provide military service members the option to participate in the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) program.
 
“For the past six years we’ve had the distinct pleasure of being recognized as a Military Friendly® institution by G.I. Jobs magazine,” says Dorene Petersen, founder and president of ACHS. “As an approved educator under the new DoD MOU program, we are committed to providing affordable, flexible online programs of high academic integrity to our military students. Our military service members and veterans have protected us and served us at great sacrifice, and we are dedicated to helping them and their families achieve their academic and holistic health goals.”
 
According to the DoD, participation in the TA program requires that the educational institutions must: 
  • Be accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education (DoED)
  • Be certified to participate in federal student aid programs through the DoED under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
  • Be VA-approved
  • Agree to adhere to rigorous academic integrity and comprehensive student support initiatives, among other requirements
For a full list of approved educational institution, visit the DoD MOU website here: www.dodmou.com.
 
To request an interview with Dorene Petersen, or for additional information about ACHS programs, please call (800) 487-8839 or email publicrelations@achs.edu. For more information, prospective students may contact ACHS Admissions at (800) 487-8839 or visit www.achs.edu/about. 
 
About the American College of Healthcare Sciences
American College of Healthcare Sciences is an accredited member of the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates and continuing education courses in holistic integrative medicine fields, such as herbal medicine, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition and wellness coaching. Founded in 1978, ACHS is committed to exceptional online education and is recognized as an industry leader in innovative and online holistic health education. For more information about accredited ACHS programs and study abroad opportunities, visit www.achs.edu, call (800) 487-8839, or visit us on campus at 5940 SW Hood Ave., Portland, OR 97239.   

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