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Improve Your Health With a Holistic Health Certificate

A man sitting in front of is bed, tapping a smart phone and eating a salad. Take an Online Holistic Health Certificate from Hawthorn University.
During this short online program, you’ll learn ways to achieve health, wellness, fitness, and stress management

Holistic Health Certificate Program

Wellness is not just about what we put in our bodies; it’s how we treat ourselves as a whole. The Holistic Health Certificate program introduces you to the basic concepts of health by examining wellness from a holistic perspective. Live a healthy life, manage stress and enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Learn when complementary and alternative medicine can benefit your health. If you are looking for a short and informative program that will enhance your personal life, the Holistic Health program will suit your needs. Complete this program in under 11 months.

The best way to see if Hawthorn University is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions advisor. Get more information on the Holistic Health Certificate program, the online learning format, and pay-as-you-go options so that you can make an informed decision about your future.

Holistic Health Benefits

During the 12-credit Holistic Health Certificate program you’ll study:

  • Living Healthfully: Body, Mind, and Spirit
  • Stress and Wellness
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Health and Fitness

The Convenience of Online Learning

At Hawthorn, all programs happen entirely online with the support of your mentor right at your fingertips. Educational tools include audio lectures, original articles from Hawthorn University, textbooks, journals, websites, message boards, hands-on and community-based assignments, and individual teacher-student interaction.

As with traditional on-ground schools, you’ll be expected to complete practical activities, research and written assignments, practice exercises, and other community-based projects – all online. You’ll also have the option to engage with your peers and faculty via website based message boards.

Certificate Details

Curriculum & Academic Requirements

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

What You’ll Learn

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

HH 101 – Living Healthfully: Body, Mind, Spirit – 3 Semester Credits details
HH 102 – Stress and Wellness – 3 Semester Credits details
HH 103 – Complementary and Alternative Medicine – 3 Semester Credits details
HH 104 – Health and Fitness – 3 Semester Credits details

Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students must submit assignments and complete a course every ten (10) weeks or less. To graduate, students must complete all assignments and achieve an average grade of C or better in this twelve (12) credit program. Students must 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 test or examination required for the completion of the HH program.

Flexible Completion Rate

Hawthorn is obligated to report graduation statistics based on formulas defined by the California Bureau for Private and Post Secondary Education (CA BPPE). Using their guidelines, a 100% completion rate for the HH program is defined as the successful completion of the program within eleven (11) months. Students who complete their courses within seventeen (17) months are defined as 150% completers.

Most Hawthorn University students take only one course at a time. Students can complete this program in six (6) months if enrolled in multiple courses at the same time.

Leave of Absence

Some students 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 Points
High Quality
Very Good
Very Poor
Low Quality
Lower Quality
Lowest Quality
Below 59

Grade Point Average

Students in a graduate program must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above to graduate. The registrar calculates grade point averages according to the point values in the grading scale. A grade of W (Withdraw) 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.

Reasonable Tuition & Fees

The Holistic Health Certificate program consists of 4 courses (12 credits) which are needed to graduate. You may pay by the course and payment is due upon enrollment into the course. Payment is due upon a student’s enrollment in the program. Tuition must be paid in U.S. currency, by check, money order, or credit card.

Special Limited Time Offer:

Enroll in 2021 for $225 per course: 

• HH course (3 credit hours) – $225.00

Total tuition for the HH program is:

• $60.00 – Application fee (non-refundable)
• $900.00 – 12 credits @ $75.00 / per credit hour
$960.00 Total

For a detailed list of other University fees: Click Here

Upon receipt of payment, the course will be released to the student online. Once the course is completed and the student is ready to advance to the next course in the program, then the second payment will be due.

Your Textbooks Form the Basis of a Professional Library

The costs of textbooks are not included in the quoted tuition (refer to the chart below for estimated prices). Students purchase textbooks from vendors of their choice. The estimated cost of textbooks and software for the HH Certificate is included in the chart below.

Here is a course by course breakdown of the estimated cost of your textbooks and other required materials for each course and for the entire certificate. Prices are from unless otherwise indicated. Tuition and book prices are subject to change.

Course Name

Estimated Textbook
Cost (rounded to the nearest dollar)


Total Tuition
and Estimated Textbook Cost

HH 101




HH 102




HH 103




HH 104




Application Fee


Graduation Fee (Domestic)


Total Textbook Costs (estimated)


Total Tuition Cost


Grand Total


Holistic Health Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

Upon successful completion of the HH Certificate program, graduates should be able to:

• Identify ways to create a balance between work and life
• Learn how to identify your health habits and the features of an ideal health profile
• Identify ways to incorporate stress management techniques into a daily routine
• Understand the basic concepts of complementary and alternative medicine
• Define health, wellness, and fitness and discuss ways to achieve them

Extensive Career Prospects

Holistic Health Certificate graduates may:

• Improve your personal health and wellbeing
• Work for non-profit and social advocacy organizations
• Work in integrative medicine doctors’ offices
• Work in private businesses and schools
• Work on community projects or programs
• Develop and distributing health-related educational materials
• Lecture on holistic health

Learn about admission requirements for the HH program.

View the sample program agreement.

*Program length when students take multiple classes at once. See the “Flexible Completion Rate” paragraph for more details.