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Online Course Provides Health and Wellness Coach Training Beginning in January 2022

The School of Nursing at Southern Adventist University will offer a 16-week course, beginning Jan. 11, 2022, that equips participants to pursue health and wellness coaching certification. No prior healthcare experience is required.

“The program is ideal for anyone working in healthcare who wishes to use a coaching approach when working with patients,” said Lilly Tryon, DNP, professor in the School of Nursing. “But anyone with at least a bachelor’s degree who desires to work in the healthcare and wellness space is also welcome, even without a clinical degree.”

The course follows principles outlined by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching and completes all coaching education requirements to obtain a board-certified coaching credential. It is designed to help participants develop an understanding of health behavior change science, including motivational interviewing and coaching skills to help clients adopt individually designed lifestyle changes that support optimal health and wellness. 

Content is delivered in a blend of self-paced learning activities and live training sessions that will be held via Zoom each Tuesday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. ET. Classes are small, giving participants individualized support and mentorship. The course also is approved for up to 52.8 nursing contact hours. 

An early-bird registration rate is available until Dec. 31, 2021. For more information or to register, visit