Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching

Health & Wellness Coaching is about generating transformative lifestyle experiences. We help people maintain a healthy, balanced life- wherever life may take them.

The post-baccalaureate certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching prepares students for effective professional practice and the eligibility to apply for a national certifying exam to become a certified health and wellness coach. The health and wellness coaching profession has emerged to address an urgent and widespread need to help people increase the quality and the number of years of a healthy life. According to a 2016 Global Coaching Study by the International Coaching Federation, the average annual income of a coach in the US is $61,900 with advanced-level coaches earning an average of $234 per 1-hour coaching session.

Finish your graduate degree and be eligible to register for the National Health and Wellness Coaching Credential- all while completing your graduate degree program.

The 9-credit hour program will introduce you to evidence-based methods and techniques that help clients build self-confidence and self-management skills while addressing their personal barrier, identifying their own solutions and achieving their health & wellness goals. Once you complete the requirements for the certificate, you are eligible to apply to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) established by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC); and Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). For more details and continued updates regarding the certificate requirements, schedule, fees and other national certifica­tions, visit healthcoaching.uncg.edu.


REQUIREMENTS

Students complete at least 9 credit hours during a 2-year period of time to earn the certificate but can also be sequenced for completion in two semesters (fall/spring). Academic credit generated in the certificate program may be used to meet requirements in another graduate degree program in accordance with the policies of the Graduate School.

Core Courses

  • HEA 630 Foundations of Health Coaching (fall semester)
  • CED 610 Helping Relationships (varies)
  • HEA 725 Advanced Community Health Projects (varies)

All 3 core courses require fieldwork or hours spent in coaching practice outside of the classroom. For take a look at an example sequence and description of courses.


APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

 The UNC Greensboro Department of Public Health Education and the Graduate School’s formal admission requirements specify the following for the PBC in Health & Wellness Coaching:

  • Application to the UNCG Graduate School
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate work (whether a degree was obtained or not).
  • A GPA of 2.8 or higher in the undergraduate degree
  • Personal Statement Form for Health & Wellness Coaching

No test or GRE required.

Applications for the PBC in Health & Wellness Coaching program are reviewed twice per year. Deadlines are December 1 and April 1. Application materials must be completed in Apply Yourself before the materials will be released to the department for review.

Students are not eligible for financial aid assistance for post baccalaureate certificate courses unless they are concurrently admitted to a degree program that requires the same courses.

Notice:

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the Post Baccalaureate Program in Health and Wellness Coaching. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact the program’s support staff at (include the contact’s email address here) with any questions regarding this data.

For more information, contact:

Regina McCoy, MPH,MCHES®, NBC-HWC

Professor, AP
rlmccoy@uncg.edu