Frequently Asked Questions

1. When do the courses begin and how do I enroll?

HCHS allows you to apply at any time. It is not necessary to wait until the beginning of a semester. After the enrollment agreement has been accepted you may begin the course work.


2. Will I have any contact with the school other than through email?

Yes. Your Faculty Advisor may telephone students located in the United States and Canada periodically during the course of your studies to discuss your work and make any suggestions they feel may be helpful. Overseas students will be contacted via email.


3. After I've graduated, are there any initials I can use after my name to indicate my educational credentials?

Absolutely! Graduates of the diploma programs or degree programs can use the following initials, designating their educational credentials:

Dip.CN: Diploma in Comprehensive Nutrition

Dip.DSS: Diploma in Dietary Supplement Science

Dip.SN: Diploma in Sports Nutrition

Dip.WN: Diploma in Women's Nutrition

Dip.SBM: Diploma in Small Business Management

AS: Associate of Science in Applied Nutrition

BHS: Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition

MS: Master of Science in Nutrition

DHS: Doctor of Health Science in Integrate Healthcare


4. What can I call myself after I have graduated?

Since there are states and/or countries that have regulations as to the educational requirements and use of various occupational titles, we suggest that you check with your state to see if there are any applicable regulations. In the United States, for example, some states have restrictions for using the title "Nutritionist" or "Nutrition Counselor", while other states do not. In any case, the use of "Registered Dietitian" or "Dietitian" are restricted to those individuals who met the credentialing requirements of the American Dietetic Association. Please do note that none of the programs are intended to lead towards a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.

To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no U.S., federal or state restrictions for using the following titles; however it is your responsibility to check into the most current regulations in your state:

  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Integrative Nutrition Specialist
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Professional
  • Integrative Nutrition Professional

5. Will your degree program provide an education that is comparable to what I might learn at a traditional campus based university?

We believe that our degree programs are not only comparable to what you might learn at a traditional campus based university, but that the curriculum and materials for these programs will provide a broader, more comprehensive nutrition education in most cases.


6. I have been working for several years as a nutrition counselor. Will HCHS Comprehensive Nutrition program supply me with any additional knowledge?

Because nutrition is an ever-changing and dynamic field, new information is constantly becoming available. Our courses present exciting and current nutrition trends which should expand the knowledge level of all health professionals.


7. What occupations will be enhanced by the knowledge gained from your programs?

HCHS  Programs have been designed for those in the following pursuits:

  • Your own nutrition counseling business
  • Writing for health and nutrition magazines
  • Nutritional Product Marketers
  • Owning, managing or working in a health food store
  • Providing nutrition counseling in the office of a health professional
  • Working with your church or social club as a nutrition counselor
  • Health food sales representative
  • Lecturing on health and nutrition
  • Nutrition advisor to a health club or weight loss clinic
  • Sports nutrition advisor to athletes or athletic teams

8. Are HCHS degrees, diplomas and certificates of completion accepted in other countries?

We have students and graduates all over the world and because HCHS is nationally accredited (see Accreditation), our graduates find their HCHS credentials to be accepted as credible certification of their nutrition education. We advise that you check with your local authorities regarding their view.


9. I am a homemaker and I would like to know which of the HCHS  courses would help me to better care for the health of my husband and children. I would also like to be able to prepare healthy menus for my family.

If you would like to start gradually then we would suggest simply enrolling in one of our Certificate Short Courses or our basic introductory Understanding Nutrition I course. From there you can go on to other individual courses. Our courses are designed to enhance a long and healthy lifestyle.


10. I have read several books on nutrition but have no formal nutrition schooling. Would your nutrition courses help me in my nutrition business?

Reading on your own is excellent but you may not have obtained a good overall knowledge of nutrition. HCHS courses are specifically designed for people like you. We suggest that you review the course descriptions to see if there are courses that would be beneficial to you.


11. What kind of financial aid does HCHS offer?

At this time, our school does not offer any form of financial aid/Fafsa because we are not a Title 4 school. We are unable to disperse federal/state grants or loans. I recommend looking into the following options to fund your education:

  1. HCHS Interest-Free Monthly Tuition payments

  2. Employer Tuition Reimbursement Programs

  3. Private Scholarships

  4. Private bank loans

  5. State Disability re-education programs (check with your State Disability office)

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding our nutrition degrees, courses or programs, you can contact us by phone or e-mail.

Address:  117 Legacy View Way
Knoxville, TN 37918

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