Overview & History

Hawthorn University is a not-for-profit online institution devoted to holistic health and nutrition education. Hawthorn believes that education should be within reach. We strive to keep tuition prices low and affordable. The pay-as-you go policy encourages graduation without debt.

Hawthorn University has chosen to focus exclusively on online education. Students connect with faculty and other students via the online portal, in forums, and in live webinars. Archived events and lectures are part of the extensive library of learning materials.

Utilizing guided independent study, professional development, and personal health are core to the University's mission. Students are provided with nutritional tools that can be applied in everyday life to increase vitality, energy, and well being while developing written concepts and oral presentations that can serve expanding nutrition careers.

A stable and responsive staff and reflective, credentialed instructors help students to evolve, connect, and attain goals.

Ongoing development of new educational and holistic programs help us to maintain a current and industry-relevant science based curriculum.

Hawthorn was founded in December 2002 as Hawthorn Health and Nutrition Institute and began offering the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Hawthorn is approved to operate programs in holistic nutrition by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), school code #48441699. 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0808, Web Address: http://www.bppe.ca.gov; Telephone: (888) 370-7589 or (916) 431-6959 or by fax (916) 263-1897. On September 7, 2016, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education renewed Hawthorn University's (Institution Code: 48441699) approval to operate for 5 years, contingent upon the institution's ability to comply with the mandatory provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 1247 and achieve accreditation by the July 1, 2020 deadline. Hawthorn does NOT have a pending petition in bankruptcy or is operating as a debtor in possession nor have we filed a petition within the preceding five years, or has had a petition in bankruptcy filed against us within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et.seq.).

Hawthorn's Degree Programs:

Master of Science in Health & Nutrition Education
Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition
Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition
Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition

Hawthorn's Certificate Programs:

Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition Certificate
Nutrition Consultant Certificate
Holistic Health Certificate
WISE Traditions Nutrition Certificate

In 2010 Hawthorn University announced a new initiative in Continuing Education: an ongoing series of educational, professional development, and webinar certificate courses. These courses are short and focused. Many are independent study courses.

Bright Conduit Corporation is the legal name of the not-for-profit corporation doing business as Hawthorn University.

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