You are goal-oriented and always have a detailed, organized plan of attack to reach your goals. You care about maintaining your own health, striving to eat right and exercise and encouraging others to do so as well. As an important member of the patient’s healthcare team, a health coach fulfills a vital mission: educating patients, staff and the community on living healthier lives.
A career as a health coach (also called a health educator, community health worker or wellness coach) might be right for you, if:
You enjoy developing a plan of action
You enjoy gathering and analyzing data
You like to create programs that meet specific needs
You enjoy learning about topics such as health, fitness, nutrition, lifestyle modification and community health
You enjoy working with others one-on-one or as a member of a team
You are a good listener
You encourage others through mentoring or motivation
You educate others—acting as a teacher or guide
You are passionate about living a life of wellness
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The Journey to Becoming a Health Coach
There are many different educational paths to becoming a health coach (educator), including:
Obtaining a license as a nurse, dental hygienist, physician assistant or other healthcare professional, followed by studying and passing the National Society of Health Coaches exam.
Obtaining a four-year degree in Health Education, followed by studying for and becoming a certified health education specialist (CHES).
Obtaining a four-year degree in Dietetics that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), completing a six to twelve month CADE internship and passing a licensing exam. Followed by completing the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching exam and certification.
Becoming a certified personal trainer, obtaining 2,000 hours of experience in personal training, then registering and completing the wellcoaches® School of Coaching course and exam.
Regardless of your educational path, coursework will include: