Natural Healing Institute: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About the Natural Healing Institute

The Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy, Inc., better known as the Natural Healing Institute or NHI College, is a private vocational school located in Encinitas, California, just north of San Diego. NHI College is focused on providing holistic health classes and programs designed to prepare students for professional licensure.

NHI College is not accredited, but it is licensed by the State of California, and several state organizations, such as the California Board of Registered Nurses, accept continuing education credits from this school.


NHI College offers courses and programs in natural therapies and alternative medicine, including herbology, massage therapy, clinical nutrition, yoga instruction and naturopathy. This school also offers lifestyle and diet classes, such as vegan and raw food diets, as well as herb gardening. The curriculum design allows students to study several elective subject areas along with their focused study.

Most programs at NHI College are offered only on-campus, with the exception of the holistic health practitioner, clinical master herbologist, certified nutritionist consultant and certified clinical master aromatherapist programs, which are offered both on campus and as self-directed distance-learning programs. Additional on-campus programs include several types of massage therapy, naturopathic practitioner, yoga instructor and Ayurvedic wellness consultant programs. Programs vary in length from 50 to 4,100 credit hours.

NHI has an on-campus massage clinic and wellness center that offers massage services to the public. Students who enroll in on-campus massage programs can gain experience by working at this clinic.

Professional licenses for massage therapists and other holistic health practitioners are granted by local or state governments, and licensure requirements vary by jurisdiction. Students should ensure that their program meets the licensure requirements of where they intend to practice before they enroll. Graduates of the massage technician certificate program are guaranteed free courses if their program does not meet the requirements of their jurisdiction.


NHI College requires applicants to be 18 years old and to have a high school diploma or GED. Students can apply to NHI College at any time during the year by filling out the residential or distance-learning applications available on the school's website.

Classes are offered on a continuing basis, and the school recommends that students enroll at least 30 days before the start of the first class in their program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The NHI College 2014 tuition rate is $13 per credit hour. Students who plan to complete a certificate or diploma program pay by the program. Credit cards are accepted for payment or students can set up payment plans. Those who pay their full tuition at the start of their program receive a 5% tuition discount.

There are several fees associated with each program, including registration fees. First-time students who enroll in a program are charged $100 registration fee, and those who only take a few classes pay a lower fee.

NHI College does not participate in federal student financial aid programs. The school notes that it does accept funds from other federal programs, such as the Workforce Investment Act.

School Type Private, for-profit, vocational*
Awards Offered Certificates and diplomas*
Religious Affiliation None*
School Setting Small city**
Programs 12*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Application Due Date Rolling enrollment*
Tuition (2014) $13 per credit hour*

Sources: *NHI College, **City of Encinitas.

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