Hawthorn welcomes students who have graduated from high school or who have earned a GED to be considered for enrollment to any of the Certificate Programs at Hawthorn. If an applicant has not reached the age of 18, signed written consent for Hawthorn enrollment must be received by the applicant’s legal guardian. Applicants may apply for a scheduled term start, or for open enrollment admission at any time between terms.

Basic computer proficiency, access to the Internet, and E-mail are required. Complete and return the online application. A non-refundable application fee of $60 will be charged. Your application will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be contacted.

* Applicants to the WISE Traditions Nutrition Certificate (WTNC) program must additionally be members of the Weston A. Price Foundation and will incur membership fees.

The master degree programs at Hawthorn require a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately approved or accredited institution. Basic computer proficiency, access to the Internet, and email are required. Refer to the admission section or the Hawthorn catalog for required documentation.

To be considered for the doctoral program in holistic nutrition at Hawthorn University, applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree in nutrition or allied field. Applicants who already hold other master’s level or doctoral degrees in other health profession, such as an MS in Nursing, DC, ND, MD, or veterinary medicine may also apply. Basic computer proficiency, access to the Internet, and email are required.

Applicants should have already completed prerequisite course work in anatomy and physiology, research methodology, whole foods nutrition, macronutrients, and micronutrients. If you already have a master’s degree but do not meet all these requirements, we encourage you to apply so that we may evaluate which prerequisite coursework you need to fulfill. Many of these courses may be taken through the Hawthorn master’s level curriculum or you may take them at a local college for transfer credit.

Hawthorn University’s Nutrition Consultant Certificate program is a comprehensive training program designed for individuals who want to practice clinical nutrition but do not have a Bachelor's degree. To enter the Nutrition Consultant Program you need a high school diploma or GED. You are not required to take college entrance exams.

Students who enter the master’s program must have a bachelor degree. At the present time, Hawthorn does not offer a bachelor’s degree. Upon graduating from the Nutrition Consultant Program students will be certified by Hawthorn as Nutrition Consultants and eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board examination.

Students interested in enrolling in or any Continuing Education (CE) course are required to have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.

The application for admission to a CE program is very simple. Students need not pay an application fee or submit an official transcript or letters of reference. Demographic information and a photo ID are the only requirements.

The application process and an online application for admission can be found by clicking on the Application link at

Although Hawthorn does have designated start dates, students may begin their studies at any time that their enrollment is complete. Scheduled admission deadline and start dates can be found in the admission section in Hawthorn's Academic Calendar. There are no additional fees for students who choose the Open Enrollment option.

There are four scheduled start dates each year at Hawthorn University. Students wishing to begin on a specific start date must be sure to submit their application and required documents by the deadline.

However, Hawthorn recognizes and understands that students may wish to begin their studies at various times throughout the year. Once approved for acceptance, students interested in early enrollment may request immediate admission.

Applications should be completed online or mailed along with a $60 non-refundable application fee. Online applicants will be billed with an online payment option. Letters of reference and a copy of the driver’s license can be uploaded online.

Mail To:
Hawthorn University
Office of the Registrar
PO Box 275
Whitethorn, CA 95589
Fax To:
(866) 771-9433

Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Registrar’s office.

Hawthorn University does not provide English as a second language instruction. Hawthorn University requires prospective international students to have an academic background equivalent to an education in the United States. International students must demonstrate competency in English and may be required to take the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL). Students must submit a copy of their TOEFL exam to be enrolled.

All courses are conducted in English. The minimum TOEFL (paper test) score for NC is 500, 530 for the MSHN and MHNE programs, and 550 for the DSC program. The minimum iBT score for NC is 61, 71 for the MSHN and MHNE programs, and 80 for the doctoral program.

There is no admission test or GRE required by Hawthorn University.

The application process for the Certificate programs and the degree programs is a multi-step process that typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete. Additional information concerning the application requirements can be found in Admissions (

The application process for Continuing Education courses is also outlined in the Admission’s ( section of this website. Students interested in these courses do not pay an application fee or submit transcripts or letters of recommendation. However, demographic information is required on the CE application and a photo ID must be submitted.

When you are enrolled, you will receive access to the student website that will provide directions for registration and other Hawthorn policies. Generally, after you complete a course and receive a grade, you request the next course on the student learning platform. This is a relatively easy and simple process that is easy to navigate.

Yes, all incoming students are required to provide all relevant official transcripts from the previous schools they have attended.

Official transcripts are to be mailed to:

Hawthorn University
Office of the Registrar
PO Box 275
Whitethorn, CA 95589

Most institutions will allow you to request an official transcript via the Internet. You will have to provide the necessary information and pay a small fee for the service. You can request that the transcript be mailed directly to the Hawthorn University Registrar. If you can secure an official transcript, in person, at your school, do not open the sealed envelope and mail it to Hawthorn University, Office of the Registrar, PO BOX 275 Whitethorn, CA 95589. Official transcripts will not be accepted if they are not received in a sealed envelope.

Generally, the application process takes three to four weeks. However, if you are diligent and swift in submitting all the required documentation, the process could be completed much sooner.

As soon as you have received an acceptance from the University, you will be assigned to Orientation 101. Once you have completed Orientation and have submitted your assignments, you will be able to request your first course.

Your application needs to be filled out and submitted online. Written applications are not accepted.

You can get your letters of recommendation from people outside the field. The purpose is for you to articulate to the person writing the recommendation why you want to move into this field and what you hope to accomplish. Letters of recommendation can come from colleagues or supportive friends.

There is no form for reference letters. Please ask your references to include information on why and how they feel you would benefit from a program at Hawthorn and what you can bring to the program. Any information on your interest in nutrition would also be helpful to include.

Yes, the only prerequisite is an earned bachelor’s degree. Academic and personal qualifications of prospective students are considered. Basic computer proficiency, access to the Internet, and email are required.