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The NC program trains people who are motivated to work in the dynamic field of integrated nutrition, holistic health and wellness to be Nutrition Consultants

Nutrition Consultant Certificate Program

Hawthorn University not only gave me a superior education in nutrition, but nurtured me through some very hard times as well! The staff and instructors are not only experts in their field, and excellent communicators. They are all compassionate an uplifting human beings as well! | submitted Dec 22, 2020
Anne Huebert, NC Graduate 2019

Are you curious about the effects that nutrition has on overall health and wellbeing? Delve deeper into the field of holistic nutrition and become both fascinated and overwhelmed with all the available information. Nutrition Consultants support and educate people seeking trustworthy health information. Earn your certificate in under 48 months.

If you are self-directed and passionate about holistic nutrition consider the Nutrition Consultant Certificate program. Hawthorn presents a comprehensive holistic approach to health education with practical activities as well as evidence-based studies and is distinguished by a nurturing relationship with an instructor, who guides and supports your learning.

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 Nutrition Consultant Certificate program, the online learning format, and pay-as-you-go options so that you can make an informed decision about your future.

Become Qualified in Nutrition Consulting

As a graduate of the NC Certificate program, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to help consumers bridge conventional and complementary health models. Help clients make educated decisions about their healthcare. Whether you go into business for yourself or accept a position working with others, you’ll be competent and employment-ready when you graduate.

During the 48-credit Nutrition Consultant Certificate program you’ll learn:

  • Whole Foods Nutrition
  • Digestive Physiology & Anatomy
  • Macronutrients & Micronutrients
  • Diet Evaluation & Planning
  • Structuring the Holistic Client Interview
  • Life Stages & Clinical Nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal Health
  • Detoxification Systems at Work
  • Endocrine Balance
  • Musculoskeletal Fitness
  • Cardiovascular Strength
  • Intelligent Immunity
  • Neurological Welfare
  • Putting It All Together & Going into Business
  • Research Project and Presentation (optional)

The Nutrition Consultant Certificate program is a 48-credit program with an optional additional 4-credit Research Project and Presentation.

Certification Makes You Credible

As a Hawthorn graduate, you have options for board certification. Becoming certified can open doors to employment as it proves you completed a rigorous educational program and are able to demonstrate your knowledge – earning the highest level of professional recognitions in the holistic nutrition industry. Click HERE to download your copy of Post-Graduation Professional Certifications.

The Convenience of Online Learning

At Hawthorn, programs are entirely online and offer the support of your peers and mentorship of your teacher right at your fingertips. Educational tools include audio lectures, dynamic interviews with professionals in clinical practice, original articles from Hawthorn University, textbooks, journals, websites, diet analysis software, clinical conference calls, message boards, hands-on and community-based assignments, and individual teacher-student interaction. Each course concludes with a teacher-student telephone call and oral review.

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. Advanced level courses allow you to participate in clinical review; you’ll present client protocols via conference calls.

Certificate Details

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.


NC 1 – Whole Foods Nutrition – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 3 – Digestive Physiology and Anatomy: Before and After You Swallow – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 4 – Macronutrients: Life’s Energy Sources – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 2 – Research Skills: Hunting and Gathering – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 5 – Micronutrients: Subtle Regulators – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 6 – Diet Evaluation and Planning: You Are What You Eat – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 7 – Structuring the Holistic Client Interview: Talking and Tending – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 8 – Life Stages and Clinical Nutrition: Around Life’s Cycle – 3 Semester Credits details
NC FLE – Foundation Level Exercise – 0 Semester Credits details
NC 9 – Gastrointestinal Health: The Long and Winding Road – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 10 – Detoxification Systems at Work: Waste Mgt and Recycling – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 11 – Endocrine Balance: Hormones, Organs and Glands – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 12 – Muscoskeletal Fitness: Strong and Steady – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 13 – Cardiovascular Strength: The Heart of the Matter – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 14 – Intelligent Immunity: Nutrients or Toxins? – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 15 – Neurological Welfare: Mind, Body and Spirit – 3 Semester Credits details
NC 16 – Putting it All Together and Going into Business – 3 Semester Credits details
NC ALE – Final Review Exercise – 0 Semester Credits details
NC 17 – Research Project and Presentation (optional) – 4 Semester Credits 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 must be completed by the date indicated in the course syllabus. 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 Points
High Quality
Very Good
Very Poor
Low Quality
Lower Quality
Lowest Quality
Below 59

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.

Reasonable Tuition & Fees

The program consists of 16 courses (48 credits) which are needed to graduate. Students may pay by the course and payment is due upon enrollment into the course. Tuition must be paid in U.S. currency, by check, money order, or credit card.

  • NC course (3 credit hours) $450.00
  • NC course (4 credit hours) $600.00

Please note: The 4 credit course is an optional clinical research project and presentation and not required for graduation.

Total tuition for the NC program is:

  • $60.00 – Application fee (non-refundable)
  • $7,200.00 – 48 credits @ $150.00
  • $250.00 – Foundation Level and Final Review Exercises @ $125 each
  • $7,510.00 Total

For a detailed list of other University fees: Click Here

Courses are released upon receipt of payment. Once the course is completed, you are ready to advance by requesting the next course.

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 NC Program 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 program. Prices are from unless otherwise indicated. Tuition and book prices are subject to change. This estimate is based on the completion of 52 credits. Students who do not wish to take the optional NC 17 course may deduct the costs of that course to calculate their total expenditure.

Course Name Estimated Textbook Cost (rounded to the nearest dollar) Tuition Cost TOTAL Tuition and Estimated Textbook Cost
NC 1
NC 2
NC 3
NC 4
NC 5
NC 6
NC 7
NC 8
NC 9
NC 10
NC 11
NC 12
NC 13
NC 14
NC 15
NC 16
*NC 17
Application Fee
Graduation Fee (Domestic)
Total Textbook Costs (estimated)
Foundation Level and Final Review Exercises
Total Tuition Cost
Total Tuition Cost / Fees / Textbook Costs
*Optional NC 17
Grand Total

**Students who do not complete their thesis in the allotted time frame must register to continue at ½ the cost ($300.00) to maintain matriculation.

Nutrition Consultant Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

Upon successful completion of the NC Certificate program you should be able to:

• Explain the characteristics of a positive holistic nutrition lifestyle to clients
• Discuss the differences between various nutrition options with clients
• Evaluate and monitor the nutritional intake of clients and assist them in making informed
decisions about nutrition
• Formulate holistic nutrition strategies to promote health and well-being in clients with a
variety of health conditions
• Explain the value of nutritional supplements to clients
• Prepare a business strategy for opening a consulting practice

Extensive Career Prospects

The Nutrition Consultant Certificate program allows graduates to:

  • Work in private practice as Nutrition Consultants
  • Write for health-oriented publications
  • Lead groups in health-oriented programs
  • Lecture for professional groups, lay audiences, or schools
  • Teach at schools, colleges, and other institutions
  • Conduct research
  • Work for supplement or health product manufacturers
  • Work with nutrition centers, spas, retreat centers, and sports teams

Learn about admission requirements for the NC program.

View the sample program agreement.

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