American College of Healthcare Sciences

PORTLAND, Ore. — The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), an accredited online holistic health college, has met the review process of the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM), and the Board has renewed ACHS’s approval as an approved continuing education provider for naturopathic physicians. The OBNM ensures that licensees are qualified to provide health care to Oregonians and develops standards of care in order to maintain a high level of integrity and performance in the practice of naturopathic medicine.


“Naturopathy is continuing to grow, granting the public reliable access to natural medicine and remedies,” said Dorene Petersen, founder and president of ACHS. “Our mission here at ACHS is to promote competence and professionalism in the holistic health care industry, as well as to share credible knowledge in natural medicine. I am proud that ACHS can continue to offer continuing education training to naturopathic physicians in Oregon.”

Like most licensed professions, naturopathic physicians are held to a high standard of service and professional ethics, including 50 hours of annual, approved physician continuing education.

“There is a need for health care professionals from diverse professions to be taught when and how to collaborate,” said Clyde B. Jensen, Ph.D., vice president of university relations at The University of Western States and a member of the ACHS Board of Directors. “Because curricula are too congested to allow additional content, the best place for such inter-professional instruction is in continuing education programs.”

ACHS is OBNM-approved to award continuing education credits to physicians who complete all requirements for the continuing education courses CE 511 Advanced Herbal Materia Medica Online (4.0 CE hours), a four-week, fully online course investigating research and clinical evidence for herbs with medicinal potential; CE 512 Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry (4.0 CE hours), a four-week, fully online course examining the major categories and subcategories of herbal constituents as a framework for understanding how molecules contribute to an herb’s observable actions; and CE 520 Advanced Aromatic Materia Medica, a four-week, fully online course investigating research and clinical evidence for essential oils with therapeutic potential.

About ACHS

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, call (800) 487-8839, or visit us on campus at 5940 SW Hood Ave., Portland, OR 97239.


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