History of Hawthorn

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Hawthorn University was founded in December 2002 as “Hawthorn Health and Nutrition Institute”, and began offering the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. We received additional approval to operate as a degree-granting institution, and added a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree in 2004 and a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education in 2006. The Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition Education program, offering a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree was also approved in 2006. In late 2008, the degree designation of EdD was changed to DSc for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition to better reflect the goals and objectives of the degree.

Hawthorn’s certificate and degree programs have been reviewed, recognized and are recommended by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP). Hawthorn graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Program, MS in Holistic Nutrition, MS In Health & Nutrition Education, and DSc in Holistic Nutrition programs are eligible to sit for the board certification exam in Holistic Nutrition from the U.S. Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). https://www.nanp.org/board-certification.

In December 2009, Hawthorn University received approval and recognition from the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC). Graduates of the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition and the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition programs are now recognized as Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP), and graduates of the Master of Health and Nutrition Education and the Nutrition Consultant programs may refer to themselves as Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioners (RNCP). That recognition was huge as it allowed students to earn professional titles upon graduation.

In early 2010, Hawthorn launched a new initiative in the area of continuing education. Our Continuing Education program offers students and practitioners short courses for personal and/or professional development. Our selection in the area of continuing education contains credit and non-credit bearing courses offered to individuals who want to study one or more specific courses in any of our programs as a non-matriculating student. Non-matriculating students may also choose from our list of Holistic Nutrition Elective courses and earn Hawthorn credits.

In 2013, a new Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN) degree combined traditional nutrition with the science of holistic nutrition. Hawthorn also added the Wise Traditions Nutrition certificate (WTNC) program which follows in the Weston A. Price Foundation philosophy. Also in 2013, The Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (SFHN) and the Holistic Health (HH) programs were added to our certificate programs.

Upon recognizing that the University had advanced to a level of excellence worthy of accreditation, administration worked diligently to gain acceptance from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). This project began in 2016 with the assistance of educational consultants, the combined help of all Hawthorn constituents, and the University’s Advisory Council.

We became more diligent in legislative reviews and communicated with like-minded institutions. The Strategic Planning process was strengthened with better documentation of benchmarks. We joined the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS), attended multiple health-related and accreditation conferences, improved data and survey reporting and communication, and submitted the required documentation to DEAC.

Hawthorn was accredited January 25, 2019 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, DC 20036, Website: https://www.deac.org/, Telephone: 202.234.5100.

Hawthorn’s history and forward momentum ensure that our students will continue to receive groundbreaking holistic nutrition education from leaders in the field and benefit from the fantastic reputation that Hawthorn University has gained in the health and wellness sector. We will continue to innovate our curriculum and course offerings, especially as new scientific data occurs. Join the many esteemed students, alumni, instructors, and staff who have trained and taught with us and now form the basis of a professional holistic health and nutrition education community.

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