Health Coaching Curriculum Plan

The Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program requires a significant amount of time, course work, and skills practice. The program is divided into two phases.

  • Phase I: An intensive 8-month educational program with over 25 online learning modules, peer discussion, and facilitated practice. In addition, there are:
    • Two Weekend Intensives that help deepen your knowledge and allow for real-life practice under the direction of our expert faculty.
    • The online and Intensive learnings are reinforced with bi-weekly practice calls with peer small groups. Several of these triad calls are faculty-led with live, 1:1 feedback. 
    • Coaching a standardized patient in a simulation lab and receiving personalized feedback. 
    • Complete a personal change project. You will share how the Health Coaching Process transformed your own life during the course!
  • Phase II, or Practicum: Each participant must complete at least 70 documented practicum coaching sessions and pass a practical skills exam for full completion of the program.
    • Trainees are allowed one year from the end of Phase I to complete the practicum coaching and pass the practical exam. However, most students complete Practicum in less time.
    • During the first 6-8 months of Practicum, participants will participate in at least five mentorship sessions and provide at least two recordings of their coaching for faculty and peer feedback.
    • More information regarding practicum coaching will be available once the course starts.

Have more questions? Reach out to Kelli, our VHCP Program Manager.

The next Cohort begins online, Fall 2023. Click the Application link on the sidebar to apply now

Sample Curriculum Plan



Week 1

Module 1: Overview of Health Coaching

Week 2

Module 2: Patient-Centered Care- The Relationship

Week 3

Module 3: Foundational Health Coaching Skills: Active Listening, Reflecting, and Summarizing

Week 4

Module 4: Foundational Health Coaching Skills: Open-Ended Questions, Acknowledging and more

Week 5

Module 5: Motivation

Week 6

Module 6: Overview of the Health Coaching Process

Week 7

Module 7: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Introductory Session

Week 8

Virtual Intensive Preparation


Intensive Day 1: Friday


Intensive Day 2: Saturday


Intensive Day 3: Sunday

Week 9


Week 10

Module 8: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Session #2

Week 11

Module 9: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Follow-up Sessions #3 and beyond

Week 12

Module 10: Behavior Change Theory

Week 13

Module 11: Advanced Coaching Skills: Successful Coaching in the Clinical Setting: Precontemplation and Contemplation

Week 14


Week 15

Module 12: Positive Psychology: Gratitude

Week 16

Module 13: Behavior Change: Introduction to Neuroplasticity

Week 17

Module 14: Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing

Week 18

Module 15: Advanced Coaching Skills: Shifting Perspective, Metaphor, and Powerful Questions

Week 19


Week 20

Module 16: Positive Psychology: Strengths

Week 21

Module 17: Cultural and Structural Competence in Health Coaching

Week 22

Module 18: Advanced Coaching Skills: Brainstorming, Bottom-lining, Interrupt/redirect, and Naming

Week 23


Week 24

Module 19: Health Coaching and Literacy

Week 25

Module 20: Self-Care

Week 26

Module 21: Health Coaching for Nutrition

Week 27

Module 22: Health Coaching for Physical Activity

Week 28


Week 29

Intensive Weekend Preparation


Intensive Day 1: Friday


Intensive Day 2: Saturday


Intensive Day 3: Sunday

Week 30


Week 31

Module 23: Regulation, Scope of Practice, Referrals, & Ethics

Week 32

Module 24: Advanced Coaching Skills: Energetic Intentions and Associated Tools

Week 33

Module 25: Research

Week 34

Course Exam

Week 35

Course completion (Modules, assignments, exam, projects, etc.)

Please email: for more information.

In order to keep the course up to date and provide the best possible learning experience, topics and dates are subject to change. The above is merely a sample course schedule. Trainees will receive full agendas upon enrollment in the program.

This nursing continuing professional development activity has been provided with 104 ANCC contact hours by the VUMC ANCC Provider Unit. 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nursing Education and Professional Development, is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

The Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program is an NBHWC-approved certification program that qualifies graduates to sit for the national Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Exam. Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program Cohort 14 - CME 2023 being held beginning April 10th, 2023 and concluding June 7th 2023, is approved for a maximum of 21.00 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)TM,.


Triad #11: Mentorship Calls with faculty feedback


VHCP Faculty


Group Skills Call #6: Call in preparation for Intensive #2.


VHCP Faculty 


Intensive #2: Day 1


VHCP Faculty


Intensive #2: Day 2


VHCP Faculty 


Intensive #2: Day 3


VHCP Faculty 




Ruth Wolever

The target audience for this ANCC/CME activity are Individuals with a health care license (Physical Therapists, Individuals with health care license, Wellness Professionals)

After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to describe and discuss:

  • Describe and discuss the role of a health coach in helping patients achieve and maintain optimal health

  • Describe and discuss approaches for incorporating a health coaching approach in clinical practice

  • Describe and discuss health coaching structure and process of the follow up session

  • Describe and discuss fundamental concepts and theories underlying health coach practice

Sponsored by the Osher Center for Integrative Health at Vanderbilt, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Participants who successfully complete the entire activity will earn 21.0 contact hours.

No partial credit may be awarded.

All course directors, planners, and speakers indicated no financial relationships to disclose.

This educational activity received no commercial support.

Credit for physicians (CME) will be awarded for live sessions only.

CME credit

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE Credit

It is the policy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities.  If you feel you need services or auxiliary aids mentioned in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to fully participate in this continuing education activity, please speak with someone at the registration desk.

Activity Director/Speaker: Ruth Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC

Planners/Speakers: Colin Armstrong, PhD; Blaire Morriss, PMHNP-BC, ANP, NBC-HWC; Kelli Stewart, RN, NBC-HWC