Interested in helping people make healthy lifestyle changes? It’s never too late to realize your goal of becoming a health and wellness coach.

UVM’s Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate is a 15-credit online program for non-degree students offered in the spring or fall.

Integrative health and wellness coaches work with employee wellness programs, community health teams, youth and families, people recovering from addiction, veterans, people with disabilities, and others. Health coaches focus on promoting the health of individuals by engaging clients in positive behavior change.

What makes it integrative?

Healthy lifestyle circle graphicIntegrative health involves a blend of traditional medical care and alternative and complementary care to provide the best individualized whole-person treatment. Taking care of the whole person involves many different aspects of health, including:

  • Food and nourishment
  • Exercise and movement
  • Stress management
  • Work-life balance
  • Healthy environment
  • Sleep and rest
  • Relationships and community
  • Mind-body connection
  • Self-compassion

Certification Exam for Health and Wellness Coaches

The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) introduced a certification exam for health and wellness coaches in 2017, formally recognizing the profession and increasing demand for certified coaches.

Students who complete the required 8-credit sequence within the certificate program—and have 60 additional credits from UVM or another institution—will be eligible to sit for the NBHWC National Certification Exam. Upon completion of the required coursework and passing of the National Certification Exam, an individual can use the following credentials: Jane Smith, NBC-HWC (National Board Certified – Health and Wellness Coach).

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects high employment growth for integrative health and wellness coaches from 2014-2024, as emphasis on preventative healthcare grows. Integrative health and wellness coaches work with employee wellness programs, community health teams, youth and families, people recovering from addiction, veterans, people with disabilities, and others. Health coaches focus on promoting the health of individuals by engaging clients in positive behavior change.

Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Sequence (an accelerated pathway to becoming a certified health and wellness coach)

Yoga on the end of a dockFast track your credential by taking the first 8 credits required to take the national exam to certify you to become an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach, then decide if you want to specialize with more courses and complete the full certificate or start practicing.

Students who complete the required 8-credit sequence, embedded within the Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate, and have 60 additional credits from UVM or another institution, will be eligible to sit to sit the NBHWC National Certification Exam. Upon completion of the required coursework and passing of the National Certification Exam, an individual can use the following credentials: Jane Smith, NBC-HWC. (National Board Certified – Health and Wellness Coach).

Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate

Woman cooking in a kitchen choppingUVM’s new 15-credit Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate will prepare you to be an integrative health and wellness coach and to work with individuals to promote healthy lifestyle changes. The curriculum consists of eight required credits and seven elective credits. Students who complete the 15-credit Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate, along with a minimum of 60 University credits total, are eligible to sit for the NBHWC National Certification Exam following the completion of the first 8 credits of course work. Upon completion of the required coursework and passing of the National Certification Exam, an individual can use the following credentials: Jane Smith, NBC-HWC. (National Board Certified – Health and Wellness Coach). Students can choose to complete seven electives to specialize their credential in health coaching.

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