Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate - Description


Designed for Your Work-Life Balance

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

The program is comprised of four courses offered 100% online via a mix of scheduled two-hour live-interaction classes (via Zoom) and independent teaching and learning.  Independent learning modules within every course are designed to be completed in approximately 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. 92% of our graduates pass the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) certification exam on the first attempt. Nationally, 83% of all test-takers pass the NBHWC exam annually.

If you are an undergraduate student at UW-Stevens Point or at any UW System school, you may complete the Health and Wellness Coaching certificate program. Please note that courses are charged at the graduate credit rate of $540/credit and are paid outside of your undergraduate credit load. Use the following steps to enroll in the program.

  1. Consult with your adviser. Confirm whether these credits can apply toward your 120 credits required to earn the bachelor’s degree.
  2. Email Jennifer Hess to state your desire to enroll in the program. Your email should include:
    1. A paragraph describing your passion for health and wellness.
    2. Your most current thinking on how the health and wellness coaching certificate will support your career development.
  3. If you are an undergraduate that would like to complete your certificate while earning graduate credit, please complete the Undergraduate/Graduate Split Status Form.
  4. Register for classes when you are able to do so. Additional information will be sent from UWSP Continuing Education.

Option 1: Continuing Education Credits (80 CECs)

  • Earn up to 20 CECs in each course (80 in the full program)
  • No prerequisites or bachelor's degree required (high school diploma is required)
  • Lower cost than graduate credit option
  • Attend during the school year (September - May) or summer session (May - September)

Option 2: Graduate Credit (12 credits) only available for a fall start date

Note: An official transcript showing completion of a bachelor's degree is required for those interested in earning graduate credit. The transcript will be requested during the online registration process.

This program is ideal for:    

  • Physicians, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, physician assistants, chiropractors, nutritionists, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, 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 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 and VA
  • 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