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Take a Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition certificate at Hawthorn
Learn the fundamentals of whole foods nutrition; when you graduate you can continue into the Nutrition Consultant Certificate program

Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program

My experience at Hawthorn University has given me the confidence and knowledge to go out into the field of nutrition and be competitive and successful. I learned so much through this program and it has insured me to be a life-long learner in the field of nutrition.
Elyse Ulrichs, NC Graduate, 2017

With food being such an essential part of our daily lives, almost everyone could benefit from more knowledge about holistic nutrition. Learn about the benefits of evidence-based holistic nutrition and compliment an existing wellness practice, a Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (SFHN) Certificate can help you achieve your goals.

After you complete the SFHN Certificate, you’ll be eligible to enter into the advanced level of the Nutrition Consultant (NC) program, which builds upon the knowledge gained in the SFHN program. The NC program  applies that foundational knowledge to working with clients. Therefore, this introductory certificate is your stepping stone towards becoming a Nutrition Consultant.

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 Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (SFHN) 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 Holistic Nutrition

During the 24-credit Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition Certificate program you’ll learn:

  • Whole Foods Nutrition
  • Digestive Physiology & Anatomy
  • Macronutrients & Micronutrients
  • Research Skills
  • Diet Evaluation & Planning
  • Structuring the Holistic Client Interview
  • Life Stages & Clinical Nutrition

Is a Future in Holistic Health & Nutrition Right for You? Find Out! Take the Hawthorn University “Holistic Nutrition Career Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Holistic Nutrition Career Training Readiness score now.

The Convenience of Online Learning

At Hawthorn, programs 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

To read course descriptions, view scholastic requirements, graduation requirements, and the grading scale, click here.

Stay Current With Expert-Led Live Webinars

As a Hawthorn student, you are invited to webinars where leaders in the field discuss current nutritional topics with students. Webinars are archived for later use so you can access them whenever you need to. Webinars are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.

Reasonable Tuition & Fees

The program consists of 8 three-credit courses and students may pay by the course. 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

Total tuition for the SFHN program is:

  • $60.00 – Application fee (non-refundable)
  • $3,600.00 – 24 credits @ $150.00
  • $125.00 – Final Examination
  • $3,785.00 Total

For a detailed list of other 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. Students purchase textbooks from vendors of their choice. The estimated cost of textbooks for the SFHN Certificate 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.

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
Application Fee
Graduation Fee (Domestic)
Total Textbook Costs (estimated)
Total Tuition Cost
Total Tuition Cost/Fees/ Textbooks

Holistic Nutrition Skills Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

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

• Disseminate nutrition information
• Conduct classes or seminars or give a speech related to nutrition
• Understand the importance of whole foods
• Discuss the benefits of macro and micronutrients
• Engage in the explanation of the uses of food, food materials, or dietary supplements or
their preparation
• Work as an assistant in a nutrition-related setting, e.g., spa, health food store, etc.
• Continue on and complete the Nutrition Consultant Certificate program

Extensive Career Prospects

Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition graduates are trained to:

  • Seek employment in health-related businesses
  • Add holistic health information to their existing practice
  • Educate others on the benefits of whole foods for their health
  • Work with others as a researcher
  • Write for community publications

Is a Rewarding Career in Holistic Nutrition Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about Holistic Nutrition and exploring if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 707-986-4153

Learn about admission requirements for the SFHN program.

View the sample program agreement.

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