4 classes • 180 contact hours • fully online
The Health Coach certification program trains wellness professionals and aspiring wellness professionals in the art and science of promoting health with individual clients using evidence-based tools from the field of health promotion. A health coach creates and delivers interventions in settings ranging from worksites to colleges to community centers, and online groups. Health coaches must be skilled at interpreting scientific data, applying the psychology of health behavior, and developing and evaluating health promotion programs for individual clients.
The health coach certification consists of 4 total classes, 45 contact hours each (equivalent to 3 semester credit hours each). With accelerated terms of only 11 weeks and 4 start dates each year, you can become a certified health coach in as little as 6-12 months. FSIHS offers rolling acceptance, so you can apply at any time, and with four convenient start dates each year (January, April, July, October), you are never more than a few weeks away from starting the program.
Health Coach Jobs & Health Coach Salary
Health coaches are crucial experts in the field of public health. As a result of the shift in focus from a treatment model of care to a preventive model of care, the field of health promotion is rapidly growing. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, health coach jobs are projected to grow a whopping 16% from 2016 to 2026, far more than the average for other professions.
Health coach salaries are also promising, with a health coach earning an average of $53,070 as of May, 2016, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and because holistic health coaches can produce dramatic reductions in healthcare costs, approximately 19,200 new jobs are expected to be created in this field between 2016 and 2026. Now is the perfect time to enter this rapidly growing and highly rewarding field with your own health coaching certification.
Accreditation & Authorization
In such a rapidly growing field, it is more important than ever to confirm the legitimacy of your health education. As evidence of the higher standards you will find at the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences, we are proud to be fully authorized to grant college certificates and degrees by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This commission oversees college education and ensures that diplomas and certificates issued by the FSIHS are recognized as legitimate college credentials nationwide.
This authorization is renewed annually and is based on standards concerning the quality of higher education offered by FSIHS, ethical business practices, student success rates, instructor qualifications, and fiscal responsibility. Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences has been approved as a higher education institution since its foundation in 2013 and annual reviews have found that the school continues to meet those high standards each year.
Health Coach Certification Curriculum
Effective Health Coaching requires mastery of the skills required for needs assessment, psychology of health behavior, health interventions, and effectiveness evaluation. This comprehensive focus empowers health coaches to effectively improve the health of their followers or community. The required classes for the Health Coach Certificate can be taken in 2 full time academic quarters, 4 part time academic quarters, or a customized course schedule that reflects your unique budget and availability.
There are 4 required classes which are 45 contact hours each. For planning purposes, a contact hour reflects 50-60 minutes of instruction delivery and requires an additional 1-3 hours of study time. Instruction delivery may be online lectures, hands-on assignments, textbook reading, or reading research studies. Additional study time is determined by each student’s unique learning style and previous experience with the subject.
Explore the Classes in the Health Coach Certificate:
Academic work at the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences is rigorous and comprehensive. Returning to college to earn a diploma is a challenge that requires commitment. However, our faculty members are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that you have fully mastered the content in the classes. Upon graduation, you will have achieved expertise in the field of health promotion that empowers you to create effective change among your followers or within a given community.
The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences provides some of the most affordable college programs in the nation. Billing is flexible and easy to budget. You are billed at the start of each academic quarter for the classes you will take during that quarter. Quarterly tuition is controlled by the number of credits you take each quarter, but total program tuition does not change.
To ensure that you remain unaffected by any tuition increases that may occur while you are a student at the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences, upon admission, you enter into a program agreement with the School. This program agreement confirms your graduation requirements and tuition totals. This agreement protects you from any tuition increases or program requirement changes that may take place while you are a student at FSIHS, ensuring that your budget and timeline are unaffected while you earn your diploma. The program agreement is valid as long as you remain a student in good standing at FSIHS. This is determined by adherence to attendance policies and our code of conduct.
Upon acceptance, there is a $135 registration fee, and upon program completion, there is a $65 graduation fee. Tuition is paid per class and is $840 per 45 contact hour class. TOTAL TUITION for the Health Coach Certificate, including the registration fee and graduation fee, is $3,560. Tuition is paid in increments with each quarter’s registration.
Example Tuition Schedules:
Tuition does not include textbook costs. The cost for textbooks and fees can vary dramatically depending on your preferred textbook store.
Learn More About the Program
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a minimum of a degree from an accredited college or university or a diploma in an integrative health field from a fully authorized postsecondary institution. A postsecondary class in anatomy and physiology is also required. Students for whom English is not their first language will also be required to submit an English proficiency test to ensure ability to benefit. All applicants must submit official transcripts (issued directly from your previous college), 2 letters of recommendation, and an admissions essay.
This program is open to professionals and aspiring professionals alike. Whether you are looking for a career change, to enhance your existing career, or to launch a new career, this program provides the academic foundation you need to thrive as a health promotion professional.
The Application Process
The Application process includes submission of the required materials, an admissions interview with Dr. Jessie Hawkins, and an orientation workshop, which can be completed online. A complete application includes several parts: the application itself, an admissions essay, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts.
The best way to get started is to begin compiling your admissions materials. Think about who may provide your letters of recommendation and begin requesting that your transcripts are sent to us from your previous schools. Then join us for an Open House, Admissions Webinar, or other event outlined above. Keep in mind that admissions typically takes 2-3 weeks, so if your desired program start date is approaching, you will want to reach out to admissions right away to discuss expedited admissions options.
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