FAQs

What are the career prospects for an Integrative Health Coach?

Health coaching has grown to a $6 billion market with 67% of American companies either having or plan to have coaching or preventative programs to help boost worker health. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects high employment growth from 2014 to 2024 for top employer demand in occupations for integrative health coaches. Individuals with a Health Coaching certificate will have the flexibility to work in private business, insurance, or government agencies.

What types of careers benefit from an Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Certificate?

Nurses and allied health professions, such as social workers, physical therapists, dieticians, and occupational therapists are common career fields of our students. Current healthcare professionals enroll in health coaching programs to enhance their patient care skills or apply existing healthcare skills to a new career in health coaching. Also, entrepreneurs interested in health and wellness would benefit from the certificate.

Is this program in-person or online?

Both! This curriculum is offered in a hybrid format, meaning there are both on campus and online components. There is a weekend class at the beginning of the curriculum on campus and there is a weekend class at the end of the curriculum on campus. The 6 credits of required classes in between are taught online and there is a weekly lab offered either synchronously online through a video conference platform or face-to-face on the UVM campus. The electives vary in how they are offered.

Do I have to take the courses in order?

Yes. HLTH 187, 188 and 189 are taken in the first semester. When these are completed, HLTH 287, 288 and 289 can be taken in the second semester.

What are the certificate requirements?

All 15 credits are required for completion of the UVM Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate.

Can I transfer courses in?

Dependent upon the Program Director’s approval, up to three credits may be transferred if the student completed a course similar in content.

What is the tuition for this course?

Tuition is charged per credit hour. Refer to UVM’s Graduate College Tuition and Fee website for current rates.

I want to take the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) National Certification exam. Will completing this certificate all me to sit for it?

Only 8 credits/2 semesters from this certificate are required for eligibility for the NBHWC national certification exam. Students must take and pass HLTH 187, 188, 189, 287, 288 and 289, along with a minimum of 60 University credits total (equal to an associate’s degree or higher). Upon completion of the 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).

Where do Health & Wellness Coaches work?

Integrative health and wellness coaches work with individuals and groups to promote healthy lifestyle changes. Integrative health and wellness coaches work in a variety of settings, including: health care clinics, fitness centers, employee wellness programs, community health teams, or in private practice.