Huntington College of Health Sciences
Huntington College of Health Sciences, formerly known as the American Academy of Nutrition, is a for-profit higher education institution based in Knoxville, Tennessee that offers programs in nutrition and health via distance education.
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.
History & Accreditation
Huntington College of Health Sciences was founded in 1985 as the American Academy of Nutrition. It has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council since 1989. In 2004 the school was sold to Huntington University, L.P. In 2005 it changed its name to Huntington College of Health Sciences. According to the institution, its name honors Samuel Huntington, a Connecticut man who was among the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
In addition to providing a strong foundation in nutrition and the basic sciences, Huntington College of Health Sciences’website 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
Graduates who successful complete specific academic programs at HCHS may be eligible to take board exams for certain national, professional credentials:
Graduates of HCHS's Diploma in Sports Nutrition (Dip.S.N.) program are eligible to take the International Society of Sports Nutrition's (ISSN) national board exam for Sports Nutrition Specialist (SNS). ISSN also recommends other study materials in preparation for taking the exam, discussed on their website. 
Graduates of HCHS'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 (CNCB). The CNCB 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.You may refer to their core academic requirements for specific core science and nutrition coursework at www.cncb.org.
Graduates of the A.S. or B.H.S. degree program will have met the Pathway II requirements for eligibility to sit for the Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®, CFPP®) credentialing exam offered by the Dietary Managers Association® (DMA®).
Graduates of HCHS's B.H.S. program are eligible to take the International Society of Sports Nutrition's (ISSN) national board exam for Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN), and/or ISSN's national board exam for Body Composition Certification (BCC-ISSN). Choosing HCHS's elective courses Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology will help graduates to better prepare for the exams. ISSN also recommends other study materials in preparation for taking the exams CISSN and BCC.
Graduates of HCHS'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 (AHMA), which has served and supported physicians and other practitioners since its founding in 1978. AHMA membership is limited to practitioners serving clients across a broad spectrum of holistic healthcare modalities, including those HCHS graduates who intend to work professionally in clinical nutrition. For more information, check out their website.
- Huntington College of Health Sciences, Distance Education and Training Council website, accessed July 20, 2010
- Temporary Authorization of New Institutions under the Postsecondary Authorization Act, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, November 18, 2004, page 1. Accessed July 20, 2010.
- Our Name, Huntington College of Health Sciences website, accessed July 20, 2010