Distance Education: FAQ’s
What is the cost of the program?
Please check our Tuition & Fees page for costs of CSNN programs and workshops.
Why is CSNN's distance education program so expensive?
Delivering a quality distance education program is not a low overhead proposition. At CSNN, we maintain a staff of knowledgeable, experienced academic advisors who are available for questions and concerns, participate in student forums, and produce and deliver webinars. In addition, our technical department works tirelessly to maintain a state-of-the-art learning environment, which requires keeping current with education standards in Canada and around the world. Supporting both of these groups is our curriculum committee, which keeps abreast of cutting-edge information in the holistic health field and continuously reviews and updates our program. The end result is among the most comprehensive, practical and positive educational experiences in the industry.
Why does CSNN have a Scope of Practice?
Educational institutions that care about protecting the reputation of all of its graduates provide their students the necessary information and tools to practice as a holistic nutrition professional in a safe and responsible manner. CSNN has done this by providing a Scope of Practice that is supported by industry insurers and clarifies to the public and other health practitioners the role CSNN graduates play in the health care industry. CSNN students learn about the nutrients found in supplements, natural health products, and food. Also, many health food and whole food stores, and natural pharmacies look for CSNN graduates because of their level of understanding and knowledge about these nutrients. Staying within the bottle recommendations in regards to dosing levels protects both graduates and their clients. CSNN’s Scope of Practice is just another example of how its Natural Nutrition Program is truly a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner’s program in contrast to other programs that teach various modalities of wellness, but lack practitioner focus, or that teach only portions of a practitioner’s responsibility such as ‘coaching’. Also, by supplying a Scope of Practice, CSNN demonstrates how much it cares about the safe practice of its graduates, the health and safety of the public, and how much CSNN and its graduates respect the unique scopes of practice of other health care practitioners.
Does CSNN's Distance Education program allow me to obtain a visa to study in Canada?
No. Distance education programs do not meet the requirements to obtain a student visa in Canada.
How does the Distance Education program differ from the in-class program?
Students at CSNN Distance Education follow the standard CSNN curriculum, and the standard case study requirements and final board exam; however, Distance Education students are not required to do practical hours (see below).
What are Practicals and can I attend?
Distance Education students do not attend practical sessions as the in-class students do. These sessions are not clinical hours. They are held in a classroom setting and provide an opportunity for students to present the findings of their case studies and receive feedback from the instructor, and from other students. Distance Education students have an instructor to call upon should they require help with these, or any other, assignments. There are a few practicals in which mandatory information is provided that does not involve case studies. That information is provided to Distance students in the form of notes.
Are your programs on-line?
Our Natural Nutrition Program and the Natural Nutrition Introduction Package are delivered on-line. All other CSNN distance education workshops are done by mail and/or fax.
How are tests and exams administered?
All course tests are done within our on-line learning system. These tests are open-book and you have a maximum of three hours to complete each one. The final exam for the Natural Nutrition Program is proctored on-line through ProctorU. It can be done in your own home at your own convenience.
Is there a forum where I can talk to other students?
Every course in the on-line learning system has a forum where students may talk to each other. In addition, CSNN Distance Education has an official Facebook page. All registered students may participate in these.
How long do I have to complete my program?
You have a maximum of two years to complete the Natural Nutrition program . An additional two months are allowed in which to prepare for and complete the final exam. Should you be unable to complete your program within two years, it is possible to arrange an extension (fee applies). Upgrading may be required before you can write the final exam. Please note that a maximum of three extension years will be allowed in order to complete all course requirements, including the final exam.
When are the start dates?
The distance education program runs on a continual intake model. This means you can register at any time that is convenient for you, other than our semi-annual holiday closures. Your two-year timeline starts at the end of the month of registration. Our shipping warehouse and financial office close over the New Year’s period and for part of the summer. Registration is not possible at these times.
Are the textbooks included in the cost of the course?
Yes, all required texts are included in the course fees.
Once I register, how long will it take to receive my course materials?
Within a few business days of submitting the registration form on-line, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access our on-line learning system, which you may do right away. Textbooks are shipped at about the same time and how long they take to get to you depends on where you live, but typically within a week for Canadian addresses.
Do you issue receipts for income tax purposes?
Yes, our fees are tax deductible in Canada. Receipts for income tax purposes will be issued, at year end, for fees paid for subjects completed within the current tax year, plus applicable taxes.
Is there anyone I can call if I am having difficulty with the course material?
Yes, we have academic advisors on staff and they can be reached through the on-line learning system. In addition, each course within the program has a forum where you can interact with faculty and other students.
What professional designation do I get once I complete the program?
There are three designations that are exclusive to graduates of CSNN’s Natural Nutrition Program. These are: R.H.N. (Registered Holistic NutritionistTM or Registered Holistic Nutritional ConsultantTM), C.H.N. (Certified Holistic NutritionistTM or Certified in Holistic NutritionTM), and C.H.N.C. (Certified Holistic Nutritional ConsultantTM). Which designation(s) and accompanying title(s) you may use depends on the regulations in the province(s) where you practise and the province(s) where your clients reside.
How well are CSNN’s programs recognized?
Our Natural Nutrition program is one of only a few in Canada which meets qualifying standards set for status with one or all of the professional organizations for holistic nutrition professionals. Thanks to the undying efforts of CSNN founding director Danielle Perrault, the CSNN Registrar, individual branch managers, CSNN students and graduates, our school has grown from a single classroom location in 1995 to 12 classrooms (as of June, 2019) in major cities across Canada, and the Distance Education program. Anyone considering our school can be confident that CSNN will continue to provide the type of curriculum for which we have become known.
What does PLA mean and am I required to apply for it?
PLA stands for Prior Learning Assessment. You only need to apply for it if you have done some previous education and you are hoping to get exempted from one or more subjects in our program. If you do not want exemptions, you do not need to apply for the PLA. Please note that a maximum of four exemptions is allowed in order to qualify for the Natural Nutrition Diploma and that courses completed more than five years ago are not eligible for advanced standing (some exceptions may apply if you work with the subject matter).
When you are closed for holidays, will I still receive my course materials and have my papers graded?
The warehouse/financial office for Distance Education closes for holidays during the New Year period and for part of the summer. We do this during the slow times of the year in order to spend time with our families. No materials will be shipped; however, academic advisors will still be marking tests and assignments and addressing student questions. Students are all advised of closure times well in advance and are given the opportunity to change arrangements for shipping of materials if desired. Notices of holiday closures will also appear on this website.