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 and bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition. It also offers diploma programs in comprehensive nutrition, dietary supplement science, sports nutrition, women's nutrition, small business management and natural science.
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:
Upon completion of the M.S. in Nutrition program, the graduate will have met the educational requirements for eligibility to take the American College of Nutrition’s national board examination for Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). All CNS applicants are also required to complete supervised professional experience in nutrition related activities by the time of the examination.
The International Society of Sports Nutrition recommends completing the Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology courses that are part of the Diploma in Sports Nutrition program to prepare for taking the National Board Exam for Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) and Body Composition Certification (BCC-ISSN), respectively.
Graduates of HCHS Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programs will be eligible to apply to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board’s (HNCB) Board Examination. The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). NANP Professional Members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.”
- 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