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Interested in helping people make healthy lifestyle changes?

UVM’s new 12-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. 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.

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 HLTH 187, 188, 189, 287, 288 and 289, along with a minimum of 60 University credits total, and practice within the community are eligible 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)

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 faculty members

What makes it integrative?

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

wheel of health graphic showing aspects of health: food and nourishment, exercise and movement, stress management, work-life balance, healthy environment, sleep and rest, relationships and community, mind-body connection, self

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

Curriculum

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

Required courses:

  • HLTH 187: Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Introduction
  • HLTH 188: Motivational Interviewing Introduction & Lab
  • HLTH 189: Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Skills Introduction & Lab
  • HLTH 288: Motivational Interviewing Advanced & Lab
  • HLTH 289: Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Skills Advanced & Lab
  • HLTH 287: Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Advanced
  • HLTH 299: Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching: Building your Coaching Career

Two or more credits may be taken from the following electives:

  • CSD 299: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues in Assessment and Intervention
  • COMU 122: Family Wellness Coaching
  • HLTH 101: Integrative Health Care
  • HLTH: Working in Employee Wellness
  • HLTH 295: Coaching the Coach: Advanced Mentorship Skills
  • HLTH 295: Critical Neuroscience: The Mind Body Connection
  • HLTH 297: Integrative Health Independent Study
  • HLTH 298: Integrative Health Research Assistantship

Please view the UVM Course Directory for full course descriptions and availability.

NOTES: UVM is a NBHWC Approved Education Provider. Every student who completes the UVM Certificate or meets the minimal eligibility requirements listed above will be eligible to sit the NBHWC National Certification Exam upon completion of 50 practice session (on your own). The NBHWC requires students have an bachelor’s degree or have completed at least 60 academic credits when applying for the exam. The NBHWC Exam is offered twice a year at testing centers across the US.

Admission Requirements

The following are required to apply:

  • 3.0 GPA

  • Commitment to complete the certificate by graduation

This program is available for current UVM students and students new to the University of Vermont. Current University students should apply here. Students new to UVM should apply through Continuing and Distance Education.

FAQs

Is this program hybrid?

Yes. This curriculum is offered in a hybrid format. 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 six credits of required classes in between are taught using a hybrid format. Foundational information is presented online and there is a weekly lab offered synchronously online through a video conference platform. The electives vary in how they are offered.

Do I have to take the courses in order?

Yes. HLTH 187, 188 and 189 are generally 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 12 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.

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

Only eight credits 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), and 50 practice coaching sessions in the community. Upon completion of the coursework and passing of the 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 and 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.

Learn more about the NBC-HWC Credential (PDF)

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT

  • Start Dates: August and January
  • Duration: 12 Credits
  • Learning Format: Hybrid

For More Information

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858
cnhs@uvm.edu