Huntington University of Health Sciences

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Huntington University of Health Sciences, formerly known as the American Academy of Nutrition and Huntington College of Health Sciences, is a for-profit higher education institution based in Knoxville, Tennessee that offers programs in nutrition and health via distance education.

Primary focus[edit]

The institution’s primary focus is to provide education in nutrition. It awards an associate’s degree in applied nutrition, a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition, and a doctorate in integrative healthcare with options for a concentration in clinical nutrition, or a personalized concentration. It also offers diploma programs in comprehensive nutrition, dietary supplement science, sports nutrition, women’s nutrition, small business management and integrated personal training.[1][2][3]

History & accreditation[edit]

Huntington University of Health Sciences was founded in 1985 as the American Academy of Nutrition.[3][4] It has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, formally the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, since 1989.[3] In 2004 the school was sold to Huntington University, L.P.[5] In 2005 it changed its name to Huntington College of Health Sciences.[4] According to the institution, its name honors Samuel Huntington, a Connecticut man who was among the signers of the Declaration of Independence.[6] In 2015, Huntington University of Health Sciences, the Huntington College, was approved by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title IV institution. As a result, eligible students may apply for federal financial, including federal loans and Pell grants.[7]

The institution changed its name from Huntington College of Health Sciences to Huntington University of Health Sciences in 2018.[8]

Student objectives[edit]

In addition to providing a strong foundation in nutrition and the basic sciences, Huntington University of Health Sciences’ website[9] explains that their distance learning and online degrees and diploma programs include the breadth of responsible complementary and alternative medicine viewpoints—with the objective of providing students with a well-rounded and comprehensive approach to the nutrition and the health sciences.

Graduate eligibility for professional credentials[edit]

Graduates who successful complete specific academic programs at HUHS may be eligible to take board exams for certain national, professional credentials:

Graduates of HUHS’s Diploma in Sports Nutrition (Dip.S.N.) program are eligible to take the International Society of Sports Nutrition’s national board exam for Sports Nutrition Specialist.[9]

Graduates of HUHS’s B.H.S, M.S. or D.H.S. are eligible to take the certified clinical nutritionist exam through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. The board is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt certification agency which provides professional training, examination and certification for health care organizations, specialty credentialing programs and state license/certification examinations.[9]

Graduates of the A.S. or B.H.S. degree program meet the Pathway II requirements for eligibility to sit for the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional credentialing exam offered by the Dietary Managers Association.[9]

Graduates of HUHS’s B.H.S. program are eligible to take the International Society of Sports Nutrition’s national board exam for Certified Sports Nutritionist, and/or their national board exam for Body Composition Certification.[9]

Graduates of HUHS’s B.H.S. or M.S. programs in Nutrition are eligible to apply for a Certified Practitioner level membership with the American Holistic Medical Association, which has served and supported physicians and other practitioners since its founding in 1978. Membership is limited to practitioners serving clients across a broad spectrum of holistic healthcare modalities, including those HUHS graduates who intend to work professionally in clinical nutrition.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Peterson’s Undergraduate Schools”.
  2. ^ “Campus Compare”.
  3. ^ a b c Huntington College of Health Sciences, Distance Education and Training Council website, accessed July 20, 2010
  4. ^ a b “About Us | Huntington College of Health Sciences”. Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  5. ^ Temporary Authorization of New Institutions under the Postsecondary Authorization Act, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, November 18, 2004, page 1. Accessed July 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Our Name Archived 2011-08-22 at the Wayback Machine, Huntington College of Health Sciences website, accessed July 20, 2010
  7. ^ “Federal Student Aid | Huntington College of Health Sciences”. Archived from the original on 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  8. ^ “Semester Based Catalog 2020-21” (PDF). Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  9. ^ a b c d e f “Huntington College of Health Sciences | Nutrition Courses, Degrees, Programs Online”. Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-03.

External links[edit]

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