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 certificate 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. 


The program is rooted in behavior-change science and the principles of lifestyle medicine and addresses all the core competencies of health and wellness coaching within a single learning experience. Students will learn practical and effective strategies that can be implemented to facilitate lifestyle change and positively impact health and well-being.


This program is for exercise professionals and even those in the clinical setting who want to learn and practice active listening, motivational interviewing, and client-centered goal-setting as powerful tools to help others take charge of their health and wellness, regardless of age, gender, and race.




2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1050
    Course Title:Weight Training      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course will introduce students to strength training for the development of lifelong physical fitness. Students will develop the basic principles of designing and participating in a safe and effective resistance training program.
    Weight TrainingView-EXSC 1050n/a1
    Choose EXSC 1750 or EXSC 1850
    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.
    Yoga orView-EXSC 1750n/a1
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1850
    Course Title:Yoga Core      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:The yoga core class focuses on core stability and strength. Yoga postures that emphasize core strength will be focused on. The use of medicine balls, stability balls and bosu balls will be used to isolate the basic muscles of the core/torso/back.
    Yoga CoreView-EXSC 1850n/a1
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:1900
    Course Title:Worldwide Fitness and Wellness Trends      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is designed to explore the constantly evolving field of Exercise Science. In the rise and fall of fitness trends, students must be equipped with basic scientific understanding in exercise theories to discern between trends, fads, safe, and harmful methods for physical training. This course seeks to empower students with the knowledge in exercise science and wellness to improve their lives and of those around them.
    Worldwide Fitness and Wellness TrendsView-EXSC 1900n/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 expose students to practical application scenarios in which they will conduct risk factor screenings, fitness assessments, and exercise programming (including appropriate progressions, instructions and spotting techniques). The purpose of this course is to facilitate the application of theoretical concepts previously learned; therefore, offering a bridge between theory and practice.Students will also have the opportunity to design, implement, and modify exercise programs for real and/or theoretical clients under direct supervision.
    Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise PrescriptionView-EXSC 2110n/a3
    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:2490
    Course Title:Kinesiology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Course Content includes study of human movement and the muscular system. Skeletal and major muscular systems will be studied in detail in order to better understand how human movement is produced. Students will anatomically analyze movements and be introduced to the concepts of biomechanics. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisites: EXSC 2010 - Essentials of Exercise Science (Minimum grade: 1.67 GPA Equivalent)
    KinesiologyView-EXSC 2490n/a4
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2600
    Course Title:Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:The course will provide students with key tools for promoting behavior change and creating a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Concepts essential to understanding the psychological and behavioral aspects of wellbeing will be explored. Applications are made to future exercise science professionals in aiding oneself and others in the movement towards wellness. Students will learn strategies, such as motivational interviewing, decisional balance, operant conditioning, and appreciative inquiry, in order to aide oneself and clients through the stages of change and healthier habits.
    Wellness Coaching and Behavior ChangeView-EXSC 2600n/a2
    Course Subject: EXSC         Course Number:2700
    Course Title:Wellness Coaching Theory and Practice      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course examines health and wellness coaching techniques with an emphasis on the practical application of evidence-based interventions, current practices, and skills used to promote healthy lifestyle changes. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to assess a clients lifestyle behaviors and then support them through behavior change. This course is designed to prepare students for national certification in health and wellness coaching.
    Wellness Coaching Theory and PracticeView-EXSC 2700n/a3
    Course Subject: HLTH         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Introduction to Mindfullness      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:Students will develop an understanding of the current research on Mindfulness and Meditation practices. The focus of this class will be to train students to enter a calm and centered state of awareness through working with the body, breath and mind.
    Introduction to MindfullnessView-HLTH 1000n/a2
    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
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    10 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required29

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.


  • Transfer Information

    ‚ÄčIf you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • 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.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504