American College of Healthcare Sciences Launches New Online Courses in Sports Nutrition


​Students wishing to approach the field of sports nutrition and fitness from a holistic perspective now have an exciting opportunity to study the modality online. American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has officially launched accredited graduate and undergraduate courses in sports nutrition and personal fitness in a roll out of new courses available to start as soon as January 2017.

Featured courses include PFT 101 Personal Fitness Training, which prepares students to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM - CPT) exam, credentials necessary to enter the fitness industry and work as a fitness trainer or instructor, and NUT 504 Advanced Sports Nutrition, which prepares students to take the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) exam leading to the Certified Sports Nutritionist (CSN) credentials.

“Sports nutrition is a rapidly expanding field in the holistic health industry,” says ACHS Chief Strategy Officer Erika Yigzaw. “Many athletes are now looking toward alternative approaches to fitness and health. We are pleased to provide the tools and training nutrition and health professionals can use to support athletes in their goals toward optimal performance through optimal wellness.”

The interest in holistic modalities has surged in the athletic community around the world, most noticeably in the recent summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. From renowned Olympic champion Michael Phelps employing the holistic practice of “cupping” to Olympic rower Esther Lofgren adopting a gluten-free diet [1][2], alternative modalities are catching on in the athletic community.

“These courses will offer strong research-based coverage of nutrition and exercise physiology with practical, applied information useful to students who will counsel and provide dietary and training guidelines to help athletes succeed,” says Yigzaw. “Our goal is to give our students as many course offerings as possible so they can tailor their education to their professional goals. I’m delighted these new courses, developed by Professor Oleg Maksimov and Academic Dean Denise Dallmann along with team members from ACHS’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Technology, and Assessment, will provide even more tools in their toolbox to use after graduation.”

The new courses ACHS will offer this spring 2017 include:


  • PFT 101 Personal Fitness Training
  • BIO 111 Introduction to Biology
  • NUT 304 Sports Nutrition


  • NUT 504 Advanced Sports Nutrition
  • HOM 501 Homeopathy Online

To request an interview with Erika Yigzaw or for more information about this press release, call 800.487.8839 or email For more information about ACHS’s accredited holistic health courses, email or visit

About ACHS

Founded in 1978, is an accredited College offering online, on campus and study abroad integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and CEUs in integrative medicine, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community of learners, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness. A Certified B Corporation and 2016 Top Green Workplace, ACHS is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit

[1] Reynolds, G. and Crouse, K. (2016) What are the purple dots on Michael Phelps? Cupping has an Olympic moment. Available at: (Accessed: 15 November 2016).

[2] Crum, M. (2013) The daily menu of an Olympic gold medalist. Available at: (Accessed: 15 November 2016).

Source: American College of Healthcare Sciences