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Health Coaching Certification

What if you could help reverse the leading, preventable, chronic causes of death and disability in the US, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis? A health coach does exactly that, by inspiring and empowering people to make lasting changes to improve their overall health and quality of life.

The School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University has partnered with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) to provide a pathway to health coaching certification. 

This course develops an understanding of how to help clients change their health behavior. Students learn motivational interviewing and coaching techniques to help clients make individually-designed lifestyle changes.

Online classwork includes both asynchronous learning and weekly synchronous class and mentor coaching sessions. Students must also complete a minimum of 60 hours of individual health coaching.

This course is an approved training program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to sit for the national certification exam from NBHWC.

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This 16-week course is offered every January - May with a minimum of 8 students. The next course will begin on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. EST and will meet weekly through May 3, 2022 (no class on March 15).

Please contact ltryon@southern.edu if you want to be added to the waitlist for the 2023 course.

This course develops an understanding of health behavior change science and equips the student to develop motivational interviewing and coaching competencies to help clients adopt individually designed lifestyle changes conducive to optimal health and wellness. Online classwork includes both a synchronous learning and weekly synchronous class and mentor coaching sessions. Students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of individual health coaching. This course is an approved training program by the National Board for Healthand Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Successful completion of this course allows students to be eligible to sit for the national certification exam from NBHWC.

Southern Adventist University is a faith-based university. In addition to a Biblical foundation, this course is guided by three constructs in the Adventist Framework for Nursing Education Practice: connecting, caring, and empowering

Course fees for academic credit include $875 per credit hour and a lab fee of $210, for a total of $2,835.

Course fees without acedemic credit (nursing continuing education available at no extra cost) is $2,835. An early-bird rate of $2,625 is available for registration by December 31, 2021.

Both types of regisrtation will provide a certificate verifying that you have successfully completed an NBHWC approved training program.

The course is organized into two-week modules with assigned reading, quizzes, forum discussions, and a reflection journal. There is a practical component of 60 hours of coaching practice to be logged during the course.

This includes:

  • Meeting weekly (1 hour) with a classmate for peer coaching.
  • Spending another 2 hours a week in client coaching (self-arranged).
  • Attending group mentor coaching sessions (held via Zoom during the regularly scheduled class times).
  • Participating in 2 private mentor coaching sessions scheduled with a course instructor, which will provide feedback on coaching skills.
Summative learning is assessed via a case study (write-up of one of your experiences coaching a client), a final written practical exam, and a final oral practical exam (recorded coaching session).

Synchronous (live) attendance is a requirement for NBHWC certification. Weekly class sessions (via Zoom) will take place on Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EST and include interactive presentations, coaching demonstrations, group discussions, and coaching practice. These sessions are essential to coaching skill development.

Once registered, you will have access to eClass, the learning management system used at Southern Adventist University. Recommended system requirements include the following:

Operating Systems

Recommended

Microsoft

Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8, 10

Mac

Mac OS 10.4.8+ (Intel based) (PPC based NOT supported)

Processor

1.8 GHz or higher

Memory

4 Gigabytes

Network Bandwidth

1+ Mbps internet connection*

Applications

Microsoft Silverlight 2.0+, Macromedia Flash 11+

Supported Browsers**

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 9+

Optimum Browser

Google Chrome***

You will also need to be able to join Zoom meetings via your computer with both audio and video capabilities.

This course is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the NBHWC. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate verifying that you have successfully completed the course requirements.To qualify for the National Board Certification Exam, you must have:

  • A certificate of completion from an NBHWC approved training program.
  • Completed 50 health and wellness coaching sessions (beyond those logged during the course).
  • An Associate’s degree or higher or 4,000 hours work experience (any field).
For more information: NBHWC certification, visit www.nbhwc.org.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABNP1550), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation for up to 52.8 contact hours.

This course is a graduate course required for the Lifestyle Medicine emphasis of our Doctor of Nursing Practice program. However, it is available for non-degree seeking students for either graduate academic credit or continuing education. A bachelor's degree or higher (any field) is required.

Although taught from the perspective of advanced nursing practice, students do not need to be a health professional to take the course. Fifteen hours of health and wellness content are included in the curriculum.

Registration for the 2022 class is closed. Please contact ltryon@southern.edu to be added to a waitlist for the next class. 

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