Curriculum

15-credit Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate

This certificate will prepare you to be an integrative health and wellness coach and to work with individuals to promote healthy lifestyle changes. The curriculum is outlined sequentially and classes must be taken in order. The certificate consists of eight required credits, and seven elective credits:

Semester 1 (4 Required Credits)

  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Weekend (HLTH 187) (remote options available)
  • Motivational Interviewing Introduction & Lab (HLTH 188)
  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Skills and Introduction & Lab (HLTH 189)

Semester 2 (4 Required Credits)

  • Motivational Interviewing Advanced & Lab (HLTH 287)
  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Skills Advanced & Lab (HLTH 288)
  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Advanced Weekend (HLTH 289) (remote options available)

Upon completion of the above 8 required credits, students can now:

  • Begin Coaching in the Community
  • Have Names Entered onto the Integrative Practitioner Network
  • NBHWC Exam Eligible

Semester 3 (7 Elective Credits) Choose from the elective courses below:

  • HLTH 101: Introduction to Integrative Health (Online asynchronous) – 3 Credits
  • HLTH: Working in Employee Wellness
  • HLTH 291 Integrative Health Teaching Assistantship – Variable Credit
  • HLTH 295: Critical Neuroscience: The Mind Body Connection (online) – 3 Credits
  • HLTH 295: Coaching the Coach: Advanced Mentorship Skills (Online_ – Variable Credit
  • HLTH 297 Integrative Health Independent Study – Variable Credit
  • HLTH 298: Integrative Health Research Assistantship – Variable Credit
  • HLTH 299: Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching: Building your Coaching Career – 2 Credits, Fall, on-campus
  • CSD 299: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues in Assessment and Intervention – 3 credits, Spring, on-campus
  • COMU 122 Family Wellness Coaching – 3 Credits, Spring, on-campus

Other elective courses are actively being developed at this time. Please check with Karen Westervelt for updates when you are ready to pick your special practice area. View the UVM Course Directory for descriptions and availability.

Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Sequence (Fast-Track)

Students who complete the required 8-credit sequence in the Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate—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). The coursework includes:

Semester 1 (4 Credits)

  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Weekend (remote options available)
  • Motivational Interviewing Introduction & Lab
  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Skills and Introduction & Lab

Semesters 2 (4 Credits)

  • Motivational Interviewing Advanced & Lab
  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Skills Advanced & Lab
  • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Advanced Weekend (remote options available)

Upon completion of the 8-credit sequence, students can now:

  • Begin Coaching in the Community
  • Have Names Entered onto the Integrative Practitioner Network
  • NBHWC Exam Eligible

We offer Fall and Spring cohorts:

This is a cohort based curriculum and students are expected to stay with their cohort for the first year unless extenuating circumstances arise.

Recommended schedule for required courses that need to be taken in sequence:

First Semester:  HLTH 187, HLTH 188 and HLTH 189

Second Semester:  HLTH 287, HTLH 288 and HLTH 289

Students can now begin coaching community members

Students have completed required coursework to sit the NBHWC Exam

Second Year First Semester:  HLTH 299 and elective and register for national exam if desired

Second Year Second Semester:  Elective if not yet completed. Sit the national exam (offered twice a year) at testing centers located across the US.