Shawn Hallum

Dorene Petersen and Shawn Hallum

Portland, Oregon—The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) honored Shawn Hallum as the Outstanding Graduate for 2014 at the Distance Education and Training Council’s (DETC) 88th Annual Conference on April 8, 2014, in Hammock Beach, Florida.


Hallum enrolled in the ACHS Certificate in Aromatherapy program in 2005. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sports Management, Hallum continued his education at ACHS and became the first student enrolled in the College’s Master of Science in Complementary Medicine program in 2008. Hallum has utilized his holistic health education in a number of professional roles, including massage technician, personal trainer, reiki practitioner, current Director of Spa for the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, and now as a valued member of the ACHS faculty (see

“I am incredibly honored to have been acknowledged as the 2014 Outstanding Graduate for ACHS,” says Hallum. “My academic journey has been filled with many revelations about myself, the people I work with, our global community, and the precious natural resources which hold the key to longer, healthier lives for all of us. I have been further gifted with an opportunity to teach at the College and share my passion and all that I’ve learned with others.”

ACHS Founder and President Dorene Petersen presented the award at the DETC Conference’s Annual Awards Luncheon. Learn more about how Hallum has used his holistic health training to become a successful spa director in his award acceptance video:

The DETC conducts the “Outstanding Graduate” program annually, and honorees are chosen for their academic record and the level and quality of their contribution to society and their chosen profession(s).

To view the 2014 Outstanding Graduates and learn more about accreditation and the DETC, visit To request an interview with Dorene Petersen or for additional information about ACHS programs, please call (800) 487-8839 or email For more information, prospective students may contact ACHS Admissions at (800) 487-8839 or

About ACHS

The 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, online holistic health education. ACHS has helped many students and graduates worldwide change their lives and advance their skills in holistic health fields, such as: Wellness Coach, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Master Aromatherapist, Master Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner. For more information about accredited ACHS programs and study-abroad opportunities, visit, call (800) 487-8839, or visit us on campus at 5940 SW Hood Ave., Portland, OR 97239.