Health and Wellness Coach (Certificate)

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This certificate brings together coursework from the disciplines of exercise and wellness, nutrition, behavioral health and coaching psychology to give students a strong background, perspective and real-life experiences in applied coaching techniques and methods used to decrease and prevent chronic disease risks.

Students learn evidence-based behavior change methodologies and practice coaching communication skills and strategies to influence sustainable healthy lifestyles. They learn to guide groups and individuals through meaningful life changes by using concepts that emphasize evidence-based coaching and behavioral practices as well as motivational interviewing techniques. Students work with clients using learned health coaching techniques and they develop the knowledge and skills to work with people who require lifestyle management strategies to improve their well-being. Faculty consistently monitor and mentor coaching practices to provide evaluation and feedback on how students may improve their coaching skills, and a final practical skills evaluation is completed to assess a student’s coaching abilities. Coaching skills are addressed synchronously over telephone, in person, or via Skype or another video platform. Students who complete this certificate qualify for certification by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching.

When you successfully complete this program, you will become a certified health and wellness coach. You'll also meet the eligibility requirement for the certifying examination of the National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches offered by International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaches. https://nbhwc.org

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The health and wellness coach certificate brings together coursework from the disciplines of exercise and wellness, nutrition, behavioral health and coaching psychology to give students a strong background, perspective and practical experience in coaching techniques and methods used to decrease and prevent chronic disease risks.

Students learn evidence-based behavior change methodologies and practice coaching communication skills and strategies to influence sustainable healthy lifestyles. They learn to guide groups and individuals through meaningful lifestyle changes by using concepts that emphasize evidence-based coaching and behavioral practices as well as motivational interviewing techniques.

Students work with clients using learned health coaching techniques, and they develop the knowledge and skills to work with people who require lifestyle management strategies to improve their well-being. Faculty monitor coaching sessions to provide feedback on how students may improve their coaching skills, and a final practical skills evaluation is completed to assess a student's coaching ability.

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Health and Wellness Coach (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses used in the certificate.
Required Courses -- 21 credit hours
Elective Course -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

Students can become more marketable and advance their career options with this undergraduate certificate in health and wellness coaching that complements their major program of study. It also provides them an opportunity to seek a national certification path.

Career options include fitness and wellness coordinators, community health workers, coaches and scouts, occupational health and safety specialists, health care support workers and personal care aides.

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