Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate - DescriptionUWSP-NWI

Designed for Your Work-Life Balance

CoachingThe program maintains your work-life balance and is designed with busy professionals in mind. You will engage in online classes, projects, events and mentoring with experienced health and wellness experts and build relationships with peers in an empowering cohort learning community.

The 9-month program is comprised of four eight-week courses offered 100% online via a mix of scheduled to-hour live-interaction classes (via Zoom) and independent teaching and learning. Live-interaction classes are recorded and available to students who occasionally may not be able to attend a class in real-time due to other comitments. Independent learning modules within every course are designed to be completed in appoximately 30 minutes or less.
Complete this program for continuing education credits (CECs) and/or graduate credit; both options meet the standards of the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and equally prepare you to sit for the NBHWC exam.

Option 1: Continuing Education Credits (80 CECs)

  • Earn up to 20 CECs in each 8-week course (80 in the full program)
  • CECs available through National Wellness Institute: ACSM, NBHWC, NCHEC (advanced-level CHES), NWI-CWP, SHRM
  • No bachelor's degree or transcripts required
  • Lower cost than graduate credit option

Option 2: Graduate Credit (12 credits)

  • Your Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate and credits earned appear on your university transcript
  • Credits may transfer to master's programs, including UW-Stevens Point:
  • Financial aid available when concurrently accepted in a master's program at UW-Stevens Point
  • Additional focus on research and new trends in evidenced based practices

This program is ideal for:    

  • Physicians, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, chiropractors, nutritionists, dieticians, psychologists, counselors and other healthcare professionals seeking professional development in health and wellness coaching in order to improve patient outcomes.
  • Physical fitness trainers, weight management coaches and health and fitness coaches wanting to hone behavior change coaching skills.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to run their own wellness coaching business.


NBHWC explains, "Health and wellness coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness, thereby enhance well-being."

The demand for professionals with health and wellness coaching skills is high. A January 2019 search on found over 75,000 jobs seeking health and wellness coaching skills.

Health and wellness coaches are employed by:
  • hospitals, clinics, counseling and treatment centers
  • corporations
  • employee assistance programs
  • schools and universities
  • insurance agencies
  • social service agencies
  • fitness centers
  • U.S. military
  • self-employed
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Health and Wellness Coaching is the change agent that shifts the culture and delivery of healthcare from dependency to empowerment.

-National Board for
Health & Wellness Coaching