Educational Program Standards and Individual Health Coach Board Certification

The University of Minnesota is a national leader in defining the scope of practice, developing educational competencies and standards of practice, and helping to lead the implementation and acceptance of a national certification process and exam in Health and Wellness coaching. This professional work is being done by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

Through the NBHWC, the University of Minnesota’s Health Coaching programs has received Program Approval in 2017. Our graduates achieve the highest level of knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the national board certification examination, which began in 2017, and is a biannual offering. 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 (