Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program

Whether you’re seeking a training program for physical or mental health coaching, the Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program (VHCP) is specifically designed by field experts to set you up for Health Coaching success wherever your certified health coach journey takes you. Our health coach certification program has two phases and runs two Cohorts each year, Winter and Summer.

Our program is designed for licensed healthcare professionals who desire to find a health coaching job as a Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) or a Nurse Coach-Board Certified (NC-BC), to practice as an independent NBC-HWC, or to enhance a current healthcare role by obtaining the skills to facilitate patients to better self-manage health and optimize wellness. 

Interested? Watch our recent program Q & A or email for additional information.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our program's modified distance format is designed for working individuals, like you. This means you can participate while maintaining your current professional role.  The majority of learning can be completed online, at whatever time is most convenient for you.  Even the bi-monthly practice calls, which include two other trainees, can be set at a mutually agreed-upon time. In addition, the group skills calls and group mentorship calls are offered in the early evening. The two mandatory 3-day intensive dates occur Friday-Sunday so you can take minimal time away from work and home.

    • The total cost of the Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program is a $6400 investment. While this is competitively-priced amongst similar programs, it is high-value for the one-stop, comprehensive training you receive. Additionally, we offer group discounts and early registration discounts for those paying the full amount upfront. We also offer payment plans for individuals looking to spread the total cost over several months.
    • You will have access to Vanderbilt's wide-reaching network of past VHCP Alumnae. Learn more about past students here.
    • Did we mention that the Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program has one of the most comprehensive curriculums available? Our Curriculum covers everything from Foundational and Advanced Health Coaching Skills and Tools, Mindfulness Training, and Motivational Interviewing Skills to Behavior Change Theory, Cultural Competence, and Regulation/Scope of Practice.
    • We provide the opportunity to coach real medical patients while continuing to receive mentorship.


  • The Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

    The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), along with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), offers the only national certification examination for health and wellness coaches.  As an approved program, successful completion of the Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program ensures you will meet the eligibility requirements necessary to sit for the national certification exam.

    See what past students have said about our program.