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Students use online and collaborative technologies, discussion boards, and email to communicate with instructors and other students. Students log on to their personal student home page to access syllabi, online reading materials, audio lectures, etc. Hawthorn students are independent learners, who want programs that offer the flexibility of studying at their own pace and are inspired to build or expand careers in areas of natural health education, nutrition and wellness.

Hawthorn University is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is an accrediting commission based in Washington, D.C. established in 1926. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (http://www.chea.org/). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.

The DEAC defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence in distance education institutions, reviewing an institution’s mission and objectives; student services; qualifications of administrators, faculty and staff; educational program objectives, curricula and materials; admission practices, and financial responsibility.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a non-profit [501 c 6] educational association located at:
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Every college/university has the right to accept or deny credits earned at another institution. If you plan to attend another school after you have completed a program at Hawthorn, it is best to check with your future school concerning their regulations.

Most courses are structured in a similar fashion. Students request a course and gain access to a course syllabus, online reading materials, lectures, and other related materials. All information that is needed for the course is clearly detailed in the course syllabus. Students are expected to proceed with the online and textbook reading assignments, listen to lectures, participate in the practical activities and answer review questions and complete written and experiential assignments. Students must also submit their work on or before the dates indicated in the syllabus. Students are encouraged to post messages on the Hawthorn message boards for asynchronous discussion with other students and faculty. Students are also invited to online ‘live’ Webinars on current holistic nutrition topics which are archived and available for online viewing and listening at a later date.

You can sample some of the archived webinars by visiting (http://www.hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/). New webinars are regularly added to these archives so check back frequently.

In the Nutrition Consultant and the Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition Certificate programs the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program, there is a graded Skype conference where students may present questions regarding the course and receive feedback from their instructor. Every other course in these programs requires an end-of-course Skype conference with your instructor.

Hawthorn offers both clinical and non-clinical study programs. The Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) and the Nutrition Consultant (NC) programs are designed for professionals who want to work one-on-one with individuals.

The Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition, Masters of Health and Nutrition Education, the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition, and the Holistic Health and Wise Traditions Nutrition certificate program are non-clinical programs designed to support professionals who seek knowledge in holistic health, wellness promotion, and nutrition education. The purpose of these programs is to educate individuals who are focused on teaching others rather than in pursuing an active clinical practice. Students have access to instructor’s email and weekly office hours for phoned in questions. These programs may also contain Skype conferences and/or proctored online exams.

Some programs require that students purchase books and diet analysis software that comprise the basis of a professional library from vendors of their own choice and are introduced to quality online sources of nutritional information. Students download their Hawthorn instructional materials from the website. After completing assigned textbooks readings, listening to the audio lectures, experiencing the practical activities, and submitting written assignments, and any online required examinations, students in clinical programs schedule a conference with their instructor. Students in non-clinical programs take a proctored examination via Skype in designated courses. Assignments are graded and returned to the student’s website with written feedback from the instructor.

Students must submit assignments and complete a course every two (2) months or less for three (3) credits courses, and three (3) months or less for four (4) credit courses.

Hawthorn instructors are trained professionals in the field of nutrition. They come to us with a variety of backgrounds and expertise that adds richness and relevance to our programs. You can see pictures and biographies of our instructors on our Faculty page. (http://www.hawthornuniversity.org/Table/FACULTY/Faculty/)

As an online student you control the amount of interaction you have with your instructor which may seem limited. We currently suggest that learners check in monthly with their instructors via email. If you are able to proceed without contacting your instructor, we encourage you to do so. However, your instructor is available to you on a weekly basis during office hours and is always available to you via email. You will have an opportunity to speak LIVE to your instructor if you are in a program that contains an oral conference (NC and MSHN). Or if you are in the MHNE or DSC programs, during your instructor's office hours. In addition, our weekly Webinars are often attended by members of our faculty. During those Webinars you may pose a question about the topic or simply listen to the seminar.

Instructors are available to students on a weekly basis via phone during their office hours and routinely available via email. We suggest that students check in with their instructors via email when they have quick questions about their coursework.

Students in the NC, SFHN, and MSHN programs spend about an hour one-on-one with their instructor via Skype at the conclusion of every course. This gives students the opportunity to practice with a professional and gain self confidence and display mastery of the materials.

In addition, Hawthorn instructors often lecture and attend our regular webinars where students may pose a question about the topic or simply listen to the seminar.

You can communicate by phone or Skype with your instructor during their dedicated office hours. You will be given the scheduled office hours for your instructor via Hawthorn University email when you begin your first nutrition course.

You can communicate to your instructor via email at any time of the day or night. Your instructor will typically respond to you within forty-eight (48) hours. Your instructor will review your submitted assignments and return them to you graded and with written feedback.

Students absorb materials differently. Our experience indicates that approximately nine (9) to fifteen (15) hours of week is needed to read and respond to assignments.

You can sample some of the archived webinars by visiting our Webinar Archives page. (http://www.hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/) From there you can select different webinars.

The purpose of a self-directed elective (directed study) is to allow students to study a specific area of interest. The subject chosen by the student is often related to the student's dissertation topic and requires advanced approval by the Director of Doctoral Studies.

Enrolled students attain access to their courses via their Hawthorn student website. All information on how to access and work in the online environment is communicated during Orientation and is recorded for future reference.

Your instructor is available to answer any questions you have via email or during their scheduled office hours.

In addition to the intellectual resources of our professional faculty and staff, students have links to library resources that support their programs. Students may access information on nutrition that is posted on the student website, retrieve pertinent information and news about the University, and see a current listing of career opportunities. Technical support is also available should students experience problems by posting an inquiry through our Help Desk system.

Students may opt to take individual courses for their personal enrichment. Students will be accepted into the University as non-matriculated students and will pay for the course or courses that they take.

Hawthorn recommends that students take one course at a time. However, students have the option of taking one or more courses at a time if they wish to accelerate in their program and graduate earlier.

Students are not required to take more than one course at a time but some students have expressed the desire to proceed at a faster pace and believe they can successfully manage additional courses. In an attempt to help our students succeed and achieve their dream in a more timely fashion, we are supporting those students who wish to proceed with a greater course load.

Hawthorn will transfer a maximum of:

1. Twelve (12) credits from for four (4) of the first six (6) courses in the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program.
2. Seven (7) credits for any of the first five (5) courses in the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education and the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition programs.
3. Nine (9) credits for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program.
4. Nine (9) credits for the Nutrition Consultant programs.
5. Three (3) credits for the Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition.
6. No credits transfer into the Holistic Health Certificate or WISE Traditions Nutrition Certificate programs.

Credits will be transferred on a course-by-course basis as appropriate to Hawthorn’s curriculum. In some cases, the combining of two or more courses may be necessary to equal the content of ONE three (3) credit course at Hawthorn.

The applicant must submit:

1. A Transfer Evaluation Request form with fee.
2. An official transcript.
3. Course descriptions.
4. Course syllabi if possible.
5. Any other documentation such as homework assignments, resume including related experience, proof of attendance at a conference or seminar, certificates, etc. indicating competency in the subject area.

Upon receipt of all available documentation, Hawthorn will review and evaluate the transfer credit request. Students will be informed within ten (10) business days of the decision. All acceptable transfer credits will be recorded on the student’s transcript as TC. Transfer credits will not be counted in the grade point average (GPA) of the student, but will apply to the total credits needed to graduate.

The Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education (MHNE) is a 37 credit independent study program in health and nutrition education. Students build a professional portfolio while developing proficiency in wellness promotion and holistic nutrition education.

The Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program (MSHN) is a clinically based 60 credit program. Learn about functional medicine nutritional tools that can increase vitality and reduce long range disease risk while working with practice clients. Each course in this program ends with a face-to- conference with your instructor.

The Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN) examines the principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Hawthorn University's whole foods nutrition philosophy in a 36 credit program.

Although the credit requirements are different, the Nutrition Consultant and the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition are similar; they both present a strong foundation in nutritional sciences, human systems are studied, and clinical practice is emphasized. Graduates of both programs are certified as Nutrition Consultants. Students may enroll in the NC program with a high school diploma. A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite for enrolling in the master’s program and certainly a master’s degree is a stronger credential then a certificate. Students in the Master's degree program have additional course work.

When students enroll in a program of study they are encouraged to set a study track and determine a goal of how long they intend to take to complete their course of studies. Students who are able to complete the course requirements may move swiftly through the program. Below are the minimum completion standards for each program. Students who require more time to complete a program may petition the chief academic officer for a program extension.

Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition - This certificate programs consists of eight (8) courses and twenty-four (24) credits are required for graduation. We anticipate that students will be able to complete this program in twenty-four (24) months.

Nutrition Consultant - The Nutrition Consultant curriculum consists of seventeen (17) courses of which sixteen (16) are required and an optional thesis. Students are encouraged to complete the required courses in 48 months and are given 51 months should a research project be requested.

The Holistic Health certificate program is made up of four (4) courses totaling twelve (12) credits. This four (4) course program can be completed in eleven (11) months.

The Wise Traditions Nutrition certificate program is composed of six courses. This eighteen (18) credit program can be completed in fifteen (15) months.

Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition - Students are encouraged to complete this clinical program in sixty (60) months. Motivated, full-time students may accelerate to complete the program more quickly.

Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education - Students are encouraged to complete this 37 credit program in thirty-two (32) months.

Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN) is composed of twelve (12) courses for a total of 36 credits. We anticipate that this program can be completed in thirty (30) months by a dedicated student.

Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition - Fulltime students may complete the 60 credit Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program in a minimum of thirty six months. The maximum time to complete this program may not exceed ten (10) years.

Doctoral students have a doctoral committee of three members who help to shape, refine, and edit the dissertation. One member of the committee must be a subject specialist from outside of the University. In addition, students are encouraged to find a "buddy" to help support them during their program.

Every one works at a different pace depending on their schedule of work and personal responsibilities. However, it is recommended that students set aside approximately nine (9) to fifteen (15) hours a week for their studies.

All program courses contain multiple choice online exams or quizzes. Some programs require that a student complete a mid program exam prior to advancing in the program as well as a final exam before graduating.

In clinical programs students are also graded on their ability to present information during oral conferences which are conducted via Skype individually with your instructor.

We encourage students to work through the courses and programs at a pace that will help them to achieve their goal of receiving a degree in the shortest amount of time possible.

Students may request a one time extension for fourteen (14) days in any course (except orientation (O101) if circumstances prevent them from completing and submitting their final assignment by the due date. An extension must be requested on or before the actual due date for the course. Students who request an extension will be given an Incomplete “I” grade which will be changed to the earned letter grade upon submission of their work. If assignments are not received on or before the extension due date, additional extensions of fourteen (14) days may be requested and an extension fee of $60 will apply for each extension. If, at the end of the last approved extension students have not completed the course, they will receive the appropriate grade for the number of assignments completed. Students who require more time may wish to consider taking a Leave of Absence.

An extension is not granted for an individual assignment. Students who are unable to submit an individual assignment due to emergencies or unavoidable life factors, must contact their instructor or the director of student management to receive permission for extra time. Keeping open lines of communication with an instructor is important and supportive in an online environment.

Midterm and Final Examinations do not qualify for an extension.

Students taking Continuing Education (CE) courses may request a two week (14 day) extension through their student portal. If additional time is needed, the director of student management should be contacted.

Students may also take a leave of absence for certain unforeseen circumstances which can be granted for a period of three (3) months, or six (6) months for a documented Medical Leave of Absence. For additional policy information, students may refer to the college catalog. Hawthorn also allows students to take a moderate amount of time off between courses. A stop out time of ten (10) days between courses is allowed.

If your question is related to your coursework, an email to your instructor will get you an answer. If you have a problem related to uploading or downloading information and is computer related, your issue will be resolved by emailing our Help Desk (http://helpdesk.hawthornuniversity.org/Main/Default.aspx).

Hawthorn University has never had to cancel any courses. We are dedicated to student success and, as such, will provide you with an instructor even if the number of students enrolled in the course is small.

Students may request a one time extension for fourteen (14) days in any course (except orientation (O101) if circumstances prevent them from completing and submitting their final assignment by the due date. An extension must be requested on or before the actual due date for the course. Students who request an extension will be given an Incomplete “I” grade which will be changed to the earned letter grade upon submission of their work. If assignments are not received on or before the extension due date, additional extensions of fourteen (14) days may be requested and an extension fee of $60 will apply for each extension. If, at the end of the last approved extension students have not completed the course, they will receive the appropriate grade for the number of assignments completed. Students who require more time may wish to consider taking a Leave of Absence.

An extension is not granted for an individual assignment. Students who are unable to submit an individual assignment due to emergencies or unavoidable life factors, must contact their instructor or the director of student management to receive permission for extra time. Keeping open lines of communication with an instructor is important and supportive in an online environment.

Midterm and Final Examinations do not qualify for an extension.

Students taking Continuing Education (CE) courses may request a two week (14 day) extension through their student portal. If additional time is needed, the director of student management should be contacted.

Hawthorn University is aware that there are situations when a student may wish to interrupt his or her course of study. The University is committed to reasonable evaluation and responsible handling of such cases. A student may request a Leave of Absence (LOA) after completing their current course by filling out a request form located on the student website. If a student needs an LOA and is unable to finish their current course, the student must withdraw from the course prior to requesting the leave. A leave of absence is granted for a three (3) month period, or six (6) months for a documented Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA), and is approved by the chief academic officer. A student may request a Leave of Absence no more than three (3) times during the course of a program. A Leave of Absence may not go beyond 180 days in a calendar year.

Students who wish to withdraw from a course may do so online by clicking the Withdrawal from Program form link in the Forms/Publications section on their student portal, completing the form, and sending it to the Registrar but communication of a withdrawal in any form will be accepted.

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