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I can answer questions related to the process of accreditation, legal issues relating to accreditation, accreditation and transfer of credit, accreditation and military funding, the benefits of accreditation for students and the distance learning community, how potential students can learn more about and verify accreditation, the philosophy of distance learning, the development of distance learning, distance learning and curriculum design, as well as questions relating to holistic health and holistic health education, including: Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Herbalist, naturopathy, aromatherapy, herbalism, homeopathy, flower essences, iridology, holistic nutrition, wellness consulting, and phytotherapy.

Experience in the area

I founded the American College of Healthcare Sciences (formerly the Australasian College of Health Sciences) in 1978 and serve as College President. My BA is in Archaeology and Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand, I have a Diploma in Natural Therapeutics from the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, New Zealand, and am a certified acupuncturist with specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion. I also serve as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and am a member of the Research and Educational Standards Subcommittee of the DETC.

Organizations

I currently serve as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), an independent, nonprofit organization, am registered as an aromatologist with the Institute of Aromatic Medicine (IAM), and am a Registered Full Member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) in the UK. I also am on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Applied Iridology and Sclerology, a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, and am a member of the Research and Educational Standards Subcommittee of the DETC.

Publications

My articles have appeared in Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice, The News Quarterly, Making Scents, The Herbarist, and on Blogcritics.org.

Education/Credentials

My BA is in Archaeology and Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand, I have a Diploma in Natural Therapeutics from the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, New Zealand, and am a certified acupuncturist with specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion.

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Recent Answers from Dorene Petersen

2012-05-14 global college of natural medicine:

Hi Monica,    Thank you for submitting this question about accreditation. Accreditation is a stringent process of quality control completed by an independent and government-recognized accrediting body

2010-08-04 online alternative school:

Hi, Julie,     Thank you for submitting this question. It's great you are aware of the importance of accreditation and that you are taking the time to investigate the accreditation status of programs you

2010-04-24 distance learning course in nutrition and dietetics:

Hi, Kapila,     Thank you for the great question.     Our school, the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), offers courses in holistic nutrition, as well as personal and community health. We

2010-04-16 B- tech programme:

Hi, Ama,     The American College of Healthcare Sciences is one of the first accredited, fully online colleges offering degrees, diplomas, and career training in complementary alternative medicine. All

2010-04-08 Getting a holistic health/nutrition degree or certification:

Dear Stephanie,     There are very few schools that offer accredited training in holistic nutrition. Unfortunately, none of the colleges you have listed are accredited schools. This can have an impact

 

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