Educational Program Standards and Individual Health Coach Board Certification
Through the ICHWC, the University of Minnesota’s Health Coaching programs has received Transitional Program Approval and meets all standards of practice for permanent program approval (in process in 2018.) Our graduates achieve the highest level of knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the national board certification examination, which began in 2017, and will be an annual offering as of 2019. University of Minnesota students are qualified to complete the national board certification exam after successful completion of the Certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices: Health Coaching track or the equivalent coursework (20 required credits) as a Master of Arts student. In addition, nurses may complete a certification exam as Health and Wellness Nurse Coaches (http://www.ahncc.org/).
Lifestyle Medicine Online CE Course
Some health and wellness coaches may find that they need more content expertise in the area of lifestyle medicine. In the future, accredited Health Coaching educational programs will be required to contain 15 hours of content in this field, but current transitionally-approved programs have not offered this to all students. Examinees will be held responsible for knowing this content on the exam.
Additionally, other health professionals and community members may have professional or personal interest in learning about how lifestyle factors impact health and wellbeing, and about the current recommendations for optimal behaviors.
The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is now offering an affordable, fully-online, self-paced Lifestyle Medicine continuing education course that is composed of 4-units that each include video, readings, and quizzes for self-evaluation.
- For-Credit Courses
- Degrees, Minor, and Certificates
- Master of Arts Degree in Health Coaching
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Health Coaching Track
- Graduate Minor
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Integrative Health and Healing
- Health Care Design and Innovation Certificate
- Focus Areas
- Whole Systems Healing
- Online Learning
- Scholarships and Student Opportunities
- Food Matters for Health Professionals CE Course