Wellness Coaching Certificate

This certification offers students the opportunity to employ health and wellness programs to individuals, including but not limited to weight loss, lifestyle coaching, behavior change, disease risk prevention, and athletic performance training. Students will examine principles and theories of exercise science, and learn how to formulate specific health interventions.

The Wellness Coach Certification will offer students the opportunity to be successful Health Professionals by becoming certified Health/Wellness Coaches. The program aims to prepare students to be ready to employ Health and Wellness programs to individuals, including but not limited to: weight loss, lifestyle coaching and behavior change, disease risk prevention, and athletic performance training. Within this program students will engage in a creative way of thinking that is guided by: 1) curiosity and the ability to appropriately seek answers, 2) develop confidence in taking initiative to implement health programs to successfully change peoples lives, and 3) be able to reflect and manipulate, as needed, the interventions implemented based on constant evaluation of programs efficiency. Students will examine and be able to identify initial health and wellness needs and wants of individuals regardless of age, gender, and race. Upon completing this program students will be able to relate principles and theories of exercise science in order to formulate specific health interventions (physical and mental) to produce desired outcomes of an individual. In order to facilitate success as Health/Wellness Coaches students will be exposed to multidisciplinary teaching, including: business, marketing, nutrition, and interpersonal communication theories and concepts. Furthermore, student will have an opportunity to examine, in depth, Exercise Science theories and guiding principles of: exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, exercise psychology, training periodization, and fitness testing and prescription.



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1750
    Course Title:Yoga      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:The focus of yoga will be on the physical dimension. We will stress exercise, movements, and poses which will enhance overall mobility, flexibility, balance, and muscle training. Yoga will train used, underused, and opposing muscles which may improve one's physical quality of life. Yoga instruction will introduce the mental aspect as well. We will begin to develop, practice, and train the relationship between mind and body in order to improve the body's mental and physical communication. This course can be repeated for credit.
    YogaView-EXSC 1750n/a1
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2010
    Course Title:Essentials of Exercise Science      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an in-depth look into topics such as the acute and chronic physiological and psychological responses to exercise, exercise anatomy, exercise metabolism, and how the nervous, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems respond during exercise. (3 hours lecture)Prerequisite: Placement into Engl 1201It is strongly recommended that students in the Personal Training Certificate program take EXSC 2010 and EXSC 2100 at the same time in order to sit for the NASM-CPT exam.
    Essentials of Exercise ScienceView-EXSC 2010n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2100
    Course Title:Concepts of Training      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will allow students to research, explore, discuss, and compare different training strategies based on empirical research that are designed to improve health, wellness, and performance, and to modify lifestyle behaviors. Students will comprehend how and when to apply each training method upon distinguishing individual needs and wants of different persons while adhering to current training guidelines, principles of training, and current accepted Exercise Science training theories.In order to sit for the NASM-CPT exam, it is strongly recommended that students register for both 2010 and 2100 at the same time.
    Concepts of TrainingView-EXSC 2100n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2110
    Course Title:Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is designed to expand the theoretical knowledge of fitness assessment and exercise prescription into practical application of personal training and exercise science. This course will assist students in bridging the gap of research and practical application. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) Prerequisite: EXSC 2100 and EXSC 2010 with a grade of C or better
    Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise PrescriptionView-EXSC 2110n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2200
    Course Title:Applications of Training      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course will allow students to devise, apply, analyze, and practice different training strategies based on empirical research that are designed to improve health, wellness, and performance, and to modify lifestyle behaviors. Students will apply specific training methods to individuals based on the results of initial fitness testing and interview while adhering to current training guidelines, principles of training, and current accepted Exercise Science training theories. (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)Prerequisite: EXSC 2100 with a grade of C or better
    Applications of TrainingView-EXSC 2200n/a2
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2270
    Course Title:Essentials of Sport & Exercise Nutrition      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course presents the scientific basis for sports nutrition building upon basic nutritional concepts. Students will review, describe, and interpret the macronutrient needs and recommendations for athletic performance (this would include pre-, during, and post-exercise fueling), energy expenditure during resistance and cardiovascular exercise, the diet during training, the timing and composition of the pre- , during, and post- competition fueling, the use of nutritional supplements, and the special needs of various athletic groups. The course provides practical and scientifically based information for those entering the exercise science field as well as the competitive athlete and people of all ages wishing to incorporate nutrition into an active lifestyle.Prerequisite: HLTH 1070 with a recommended grade of C or better
    Essentials of Sport & Exercise NutritionView-EXSC 2270n/a3
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2750
    Course Title:Wellness Coaching & Health Promotion      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course examines theoretical frameworks of evidence-based health interventions and current practices relevant to health/wellness coaching. Students will explore coaching competencies, professional ethics, and diversity all in preparation for a national certification exam in health/wellness coaching. Students will also examine the role of the wellness coach within the corporate wellness field and their ability to facilitate change among employees and corporations. Prerequisites: EXSC 2010 and EXSC 2100 with a grade of C or betterIt is strongly recommended that students have already sat for and passed their CPT exam prior to sitting for the ACE Health Coach exam.
    Wellness Coaching & Health PromotionView-EXSC 2750n/a3
    Course Subject: HLTH         Course Number:1040
    Course Title:Current Health Issues and Human Behavior      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Current Health Issues and Human Behavior is a course which will examine how biological, psychological, and social factors work together to explain health and illness. This course will focus on current health models, such as the biopsychosocial model, that help explain why some people become ill and others do not. This class has an integrative health approach in treating the whole person who may have disease and illness caused by genetic factors and/or environmental factors. Another very important aspect of this course will be to interpret and discuss the various theories of change in human behavior and how they relate to health. After participating and completing coursework, students should understand the (positive and negative) contributing roles that psychological and social factors have on biological processes in the body.
    Current Health Issues and Human BehaviorView-HLTH 1040n/a3
    Course Subject: HLTH         Course Number:1070
    Course Title:Nutrition      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental truths of nutrition principles, health promotion and disease prevention throughout life.   Topics include, in part, the study of carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals and their function and role in healthy living.  It will provide introductory nutritional information for career paths in nursing and other similar fields of study.
    NutritionView-HLTH 1070n/a3
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1220
    Course Title:Health Care Ethics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course looks at the underlying assumptions that affect beliefs, practices, and policies in contemporary health care.Emphasis will be placed on understanding of the ethical principles and theories related to health care. A wide variety of health care issues and the challenges they present will be studied. Critical thinking skills will be emphasized in determining the best course of action for making ethical decisions in the health care field.
    Health Care EthicsView-PHIL 1220n/a3
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:General Psychology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program. You must meet perquisites or obtain instructor permission to take this course.
    General PsychologyView-PSYC 1150n/a3
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    10 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required30

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  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

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    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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