|Australasian College of Herbal Studies, Australasian College of Health Sciences|
|Type||Private, for profit college|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is based in Portland, Oregon and specializes in online holistic health distance education, founded in 1978. ACHS is a Certified B Corporation and accredited, for-profit college with accredited online certificates, degrees, and microcredentials in aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, wellness coaching, and integrative health modalities.
ACHS began in 1976 as the extramural or distance education department of an on-campus naturopathic college in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1998, ACHS became state licensed by the Oregon Department of Education. The Oregon Department of Education noted that it was the first state-licensed college in the U.S. offering distance education programs in holistic medicine.
ACHS became accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission in 2003 and changed its name from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies to the Australasian College of Health Sciences.
In May 2009, ACHS changed its name to the American College of Healthcare Sciences.
In September 2016 ACHS became a Certified B Corporation.
The American College of Healthcare Sciences offers certificate programs, an Associate of Applied Science degrees, Master of Science degrees, and continuing education courses, webinars, community wellness workshops, and study-abroad programs.
ACHS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as an accrediting body.
The American College of Healthcare Sciences administrative building is located in Portland, Oregon.
As of September 2008, ACHS pledged their participation to PGE's Save More, Matter More campaign. In place of traditional power, ACHS has pledged to use renewable power, which makes use of clean wind to save energy, cut costs, and help the environment.
In 2009 ACHS was approved by Green America's Green Business Network. Green America
In December 2010, the ACHS Apothecary Shoppe became Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO). OTCO is the certifying agent for the National Organic Program (NOP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In June 2013, ACHS and the Apothecary Shoppe was re-certified as a Green America Gold Certified Business.
In January 2016 the Apothecary Shoppe, ACHS's college store, announced it will donate 2% of all essential oil sales to directly support global sustainability education initiatives in botanical production for the essential oil industry.
In June 2016, ACHS was named #6 of out of 100 Best Green Workplaces by Oregon Business magazine. It was named #2 in 2017, #5 in 2018, and #3 in 2019.
Australasian College of Health Sciences announced today that, effective May 1, it will change its name to American College of Healthcare Sciences to celebrate its 20th year of operations in the United States.