Hawthorn University Sample Program Agreement

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Hawthorn University Catalog


Learn more at Hawthorn with a program that helps you reach your goals.

Hawthorn University offers you the opportunity to:

  • Earn a certificate or degree in holistic health and nutrition education at your convenience.
  • Explore the current scientific discoveries and advances in the field of holistic nutrition.
  • Claim your place as a speaker, leader, or advocate for health.
  • Be part of a nurturing, supportive, and focused community of learners.
  • Earn your degree or certificate online, from anywhere, at anytime.
  • Study with experienced and credentialed professors.
  • Fulfill your passion and embark on a career in the field of holistic nutrition.

State Authorization Regulations for Online (Distance) Education

Important information for prospective Hawthorn University students residing outside California.

Some states require schools seeking to enroll students residing outside California be approved in accordance with their state’s regulations. Hawthorn University is currently authorized or no authorization is required to accept students from the states listed below.

For additional information on the State Authorization Regulations for Distance Education, please contact:

Director of Admissions
Ms. Kathy McDermott
707-986-4153 x 401

Hawthorn University is currently enrolling students from the following states: 

  • California
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Residents of the following states may enroll in Certificate Programs:

  • Hawaii
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Vermont

If your state is not listed above, you are not currently eligible for enrollment.  As state approval is an ongoing process, please check this page routinely to see if your state has been added (See State Authorization PDF below). 

Prospective students are encouraged to review the catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. Students are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet.

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How to Submit Documents

Submit your completed application and $60 application fee (if applicable) PRIOR to submitting required documents. 

The best procedure for submitting all documents except your official transcript, is to upload them directly into the document section of the application. Alternatively they can be attached to an email and sent to .

Official transcripts from previously attended institutions must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly to

Hawthorn University
PO Box 275
Whitethorn, CA 95589

or sent by secure electronic transfer straight from the previously attended institution to the .

Any questions should be directed via email to ,
or by phone at 707-986-4153, Ext. 401.

Transferability of Credits

The transferability of credits you earn at Hawthorn University is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer individual course credits. Acceptance of the certificate or degree you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, certificate, or degree that you earn at Hawthorn are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of the coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Hawthorn to determine if your credits, certificate, or degree will transfer.

Transfer Credits (External Transfer)

Hawthorn has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university and does not grant credit for prior experiential learning. However, any student interested in transferring credits from an accredited institution or an appropriately approved school may petition for transfer credits when an admission application is approved. Hawthorn University will review official transcripts to determine the eligibility of transfer credits, at the request of the potential student, for a flat fee of $100. Only earned grades of B or better corresponding to Hawthorn courses will be considered for transfer into any master’s level or doctoral program. Grades of C or better will be acceptable for transfer into the certificate program. Credits from non-U.S. institutions will require evaluation and certification from the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE, www.ece.org.) or from World Education Services (www.wes.org).

Hawthorn will transfer a maximum of:

  • Twelve (12) credits from four (4) of the first six (6) courses in the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program;
  • 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;
  • Nine (9) credits for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program;
  • Nine (9) credits for the foundation level courses in the Nutrition Consultant programs;
  • Three (3) credits for the Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition;
  • 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:

  • A Transfer Evaluation Request form with fee;
  • An official transcript;
  • Course descriptions;
  • Course syllabi if possible;
  • 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 student's grade point average (GPA), but will apply to the total credits needed to graduate.