Portland, OR, March 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), one of the first accredited, online colleges to offer degrees, diplomas, and career-training certificates in complementary alternative medicine (CAM), also known as integrative medicine, celebrated its 20th year of operations in the U.S. in 2009. Building on its foundation of core CAM courses and programs, in 2009 ACHS also launched seven new certificate programs and six graduate certificates for specialized training in CAM in response to growing demand for CAM-trained healthcare professionals.
The January 2010 survey showed exceptional results from ACHS’s 2009 developments and a completion rate of 93% for the top 10 ACHS courses by enrollment. Of the more than 500 survey respondents, 95% said yes when asked, “Did you achieve, or will you have achieved upon completing your studies, the goals you had when you started the course or program?” When asked, “Would you recommend these studies to a friend?”, 98% said yes, and 98% also said yes when asked, “All things considered, are you satisfied with your studies with us?”
“Our surveys and results are a vital part of our outcome Assessment Program at ACHS,” said ACHS Senior Vice President Erika Yigzaw, who serves as the Institutional Improvement Officer. “We appreciate and value students’ feedback and comments, which we ‘feed back’ into our cycle of improvement. This cycle keeps us at the forefront of our industry.”
“We had our largest enrollment and number of courses starting January 2010,” said ACHS President Dorene Petersen. “That’s exciting! It feels wonderful to know our students are satisfied and happy with their studies, to know we’re meeting their needs, which is something we plan to do well into the future.”
Petersen added: “ACHS has short- and long-range goals to further expand our course, degree, and program offerings to best meet student needs today, but also as they change with our healthcare system and the move towards more collaborative community healthcare. As you can see from our satisfaction results, there is a strong interest in CAM education, more than 70% of graduates work in a related field or use their studies for personal health and wellness. We expect that will continue to grow as more people are looking for a way to regain control over their personal health and wellness, and more professional healthcare providers are looking to integrate CAM and allopathic medicine and prioritize individualized care.”
ACHS offers CAM courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced level for undergraduate and graduate students starting on the third Monday of most months. Courses are specially designed with a dynamic, interactive classroom, and are updated to reflect the most current information and research available. Most courses are 16-weeks, though the ACHS does at times offer accelerated eight-week courses and topic-specific continuing education courses. For more information about scheduled ACHS courses, visit the ACHS website at www.achs.edu and click on College Calendar.
American College of Healthcare Sciences is accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC), which is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as an accrediting body. Founded in 1978, ACHS is committed to exceptional online education and is recognized as an industry leader in holistic health education worldwide. For more information about ACHS programs and community wellness events, visit www.achs.edu, call (503) 244-0726, or stop by the College campus located at 5940 SW Hood Ave., Portland OR 97239.