These are the following accreditation guidelines that have been set forth by The H.D.A. for all Natural Health and Hygienic post-secondary schools applying for accredited membership.

  1. A post-secondary school must apply for membership in The H.D.A.
  2. Catalogues, curriculum guides, and all official documents, (Federal and State), must be submitted by the applicant for evaluation to determine whether the school qualifies for membership.
  3. An on-site visit of the post-secondary school applying for accreditation may be requested.
  4. Accreditation is offered for a four year period, and may be renewed upon further evaluation at the end of that period. Members will be monitored during the accreditation period and must adhere to the guidelines, rules, and regulations set forth by The H.D.A., or forfeit their accreditation status.
  5. To teach or counsel students on a post-secondary or certified level of education, the faculty of the post-secondary school desiring to be accredited must hold post-secondary diplomas or degrees in the Natural Health and Hygienic philosophies and/or similar natural health teachings.
  6. The post-secondary degree of the professor must be higher than the post-secondary degree program he or she is teaching or supervising.
  7. Pre-qualifications for students desiring degree programs are as follows:
    1. Students applying for a Bachelor’s degree program must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
    2. Students applying for a Master’s degree program must hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the Natural Health and Hygienic philosophies.
    3. Students applying for a Doctoral degree program must hold a Master’s degree or its equivalent in the Natural Health and Hygienic philosophies.
  8. Life-work experience and college course credits that are submitted by students may be accepted by our post-secondary schools provided they can be officially verified.
  9. A minimum of 70 credits is recommended for the transfer of all transcripts from the student’s previous school records to the new transcript issued by the H.D.A. accredited post-secondary school that the student is enrolled in for the purpose of completing a Bachelor’s degree program. All credit transfers must be officially substantiated.
  10. Materials appropriate to the plan of the student’s degree program must be provided in their curriculum and courses of study.
  11. The progress, evaluation and/or assessment of each student must be monitored by a well qualified Natural Health or Hygienic professor in a timely manner, including all examinations.
  12. All programs, faculty, and administrative staff will be periodically reviewed in relationship to the school curriculum and goals of instruction for their students.
  13. All Natural Health and Hygienic post-secondary schools will provide their students with adequate curriculum guidance, textbooks, library services, explanatory instructional materials, etc., required to complete their degree or certified programs.
  14. All post-secondary institutions must have mandatory Natural Health and Hygienic or interrelated course materials for each and every course and degree program offered. Its contents must reflect the Natural Health and Hygienic goals and objectives of the course (s) or degree program (s) carried out, either directly or indirectly, and the expectations anticipated for the student’s performance, and how the student will be evaluated for his or her academic performance.
  15. All post-secondary schools must require a minimum, competency grading level for all academic courses and programs offered.
  16. All post-secondary schools must provide assistance, support, counseling, and supervision of instruction appropriate to the student’s educational goals.
  17. All student inquiries, concerns, and questions must be responded to on a timely basis by all accredited Natural Health and Hygienic post-secondary schools.
  18. Adequate financial resources must be proven to sustain the schools legal existence, student enrollment, and certified or degree programs.


The H.D.A., and its officers and directors are not legally responsible for the degree programs, course work, or any other aspect of the organization’s functional duties. The H.D.A. and its officers and directors are further legally absolved of all responsibilities for the success of all students enrolled in its schools. H.D.A. members are all separate legal entities from The H.D.A. All complaints or concerns relative to these individual post-secondary schools accredited by The H.D.A. must be directed to those schools. Prospective students have the responsibility to carefully investigate a school and its degree and course programs before enrolling.