NC Curriculum & Academic Requirements

Read on to learn about the Nutrition Consultant (NC) Certificate program course descriptions, academic requirements, completion timelines, program grading scale, repeating courses, extensions, leave of absence policy, and more.

What You’ll Learn

View the in-depth curriculum, including course descriptions, course objectives, credits, exam schedules, and courses that you are required to take by clicking on the “details” link for each course shown in the table below.

Curriculum

NC 1 – WHOLE FOODS NUTRITION details
NC 2 – RESEARCH SKILLS: HUNTING AND GATHERING details
NC 3 – DIGESTIVE PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY: BEFORE AND AFTER YOU SWALLOW details
NC 4 – MACRONUTRIENTS: LIFE’S ENERGY SOURCES details
NC 5 – MICRONUTRIENTS: SUBTLE REGULATORS details
NC 6 – DIET EVALUATION AND PLANNING: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT details
NC 7 – STRUCTURING THE HOLISTIC CLIENT INTERVIEW: TALKING AND TENDING details
NC 8 – LIFE STAGES AND CLINICAL NUTRITION: AROUND LIFE’S CYCLE details
NC FLE – FOUNDATION LEVEL EXERCISE
NC 9 – GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH: THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD details
NC 10 – DETOXIFICATION SYSTEMS AT WORK: WASTE MGT AND RECYCLING details
NC 11 – ENDOCRINE BALANCE: HORMONES, ORGANS AND GLANDS details
NC 12 – MUSCULOSKELETAL FITNESS: STRONG AND STEADY details
NC 13 – CARDIOVASCULAR STRENGTH: THE HEART OF THE MATTER details
NC 14 – INTELLIGENT IMMUNITY: NUTRIENTS OR TOXINS? details
NC 15 – NEUROLOGICAL WELFARE: MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT details
NC 16 – PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER AND GOING INTO BUSINESS details
NC ALE – ADVANCED LEVEL EXERCISE
NC 17 – RESEARCH PROJECT AND PRESENTATION (OPTIONAL) details

Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students must submit assignments and complete a course in sixty (60) days or less for three (3) credit courses. Online examinations must be taken prior to the end date of the course. Conferences are scheduled no later than two (2) weeks after the final course assignment is graded. Proctored conferences via Skype are required in certain courses in this program. Students are encouraged to begin the subsequent course while waiting for a final grade.

To graduate, students must complete all assignments and achieve an average grade of C or better. Students may resubmit assignments that have received a grade of F. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before a certificate is awarded. Hawthorn University does not have a cumulative final examination required for the completion of the NC program.

Flexible Completion Rate

Hawthorn is obligated to report graduation statistics based on formulas defined by the California Bureau for Private Education (CA BPPE). Using their guidelines, a 100% completion rate for the NC program is defined as the successful completion of the program within forty-eight (48) months or fifty-one (51) months for the 52-credit program. Students who complete their courses within seventy-two (72) months are considered 150% completers and those that complete in seventy-seven (77) months for the 52-credit program) are defined as 150% completers.

Most Hawthorn University students take only one course at a time.  Students can complete this forty-eight (48) credit program in twenty-four (24) months if enrolled in multiple courses at the same time.

Leave of Absence

Some students may have extraordinary life circumstances that take them over published completion rates. Students are encouraged to complete coursework in a timely manner and proceed to graduation! Students experiencing extraordinary circumstances can review the leave of absence policy or petition for a program extension. Read about the policy in the catalog or the student handbook.

Course Grading Scale

Letter grades are determined according to the following scale:

Grade
Score
Description
Grade Points
A
100-94
Excellent
4.0
A-
93-90
High Quality
3.7
B+
89-87
Very Good
3.3
B
86-84
Good
3.0
B-
83-80
Acceptable
2.7
C+
79-77
Fair
2.3
C
76-73
Poor
2.0
C-
72-70
Very Poor
1.7
D+
69-67
Low Quality
1.3
D
66-63
Lower Quality
1.0
D-
60-62
Lowest Quality
0.7
F
Below 59
Failure
0.0

Grade Point Average

Students in a certificate program must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above to graduate. The registrar calculates grade point averages according to the point values in the grading scale. A grade of W  (Withdraw) or UW (unauthorized withdrawal) does not calculate into the GPA. Withdrawals, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for academic progress requirements.

Students who deserve recognition for excellence in academic performance will be identified at graduation with the following designations:

Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 – 4.00

Magna Cum Laude – 3.80 – 3.89

Cum Laude – 3.70 – 3.78

Repeating a Course

Students who receive an F (Fail) grade in a course may repeat that course one time in order to earn a passing grade. Failure of the same course a second time may result in dismissal from the University. GPA will be computed by the grade earned in the second attempt. Both course grades will remain on the transcript.

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