Picking The Right Health Coach School

What Exactly Does a Health Coach School Teach?

As we mentioned above, every school is unique and Health Coach schools can be vastly different in terms of curriculum, philosophy, teaching style, methodology, etc. But in the most general terms, a Health Coach school should provide future Health Coaches with a solid education in behavior modification coaching (or what we refer to as Habit Change Coaching), nutrition, personal development, and business and marketing training. A robust curriculum will allow you to help clients create lasting change in their lives and to prepare you for career success.

At Health Coach Institute, for example, our six-month Become a Health Coach (BHC) program teaches health and wellness students the art, science, and business of Health Coaching so they can transform lives and create abundant careers doing what they love. Our curriculum is divided into four pillars that teach the four “key” ingredients of a successful Health Coaching career:

Nutrition, Health, and Wellness

Habit Change Coaching Skills

Personal Growth

Proven Marketing and Simple Business Systems

We call them key ingredients because all four are critical to training a truly masterful Health Coach who can help others transform their lives while earning a good living.

Our curriculum’s main focus is on personal growth through mentoring. We offer skills labs that enable our students to practice their coaching skills in real time, in real life, with real people—because in this business, knowledge without practice is futile. Our curriculum is based on cutting-edge psychology, intuitive listening, habit change, and healthy lifestyle design. In addition to training our graduates to be skilled coaches, we also give them business and marketing tools so they know how to thrive in a highly competitive and rapidly growing marketplace…because without business acumen, even the most skilled Health Coach can fall short of his or her potential.

Last, but certainly not least, the difference between HCI’s philosophy and other Health Coach schools out there is that we are not a nutrition school. We are a Health Coaching school that defines Health Coaches as Masters of Habit Change™.

Most Health Coaching schools overload their students with excessive nutritional advice and dietary theory and very little, if any, coaching and business skills. The problem is this creates Health Coaches who lack the complete spectrum of skills necessary to build a successful coaching career. In contrast, our training program distills nutrition, health, and wellness information down to the essentials needed to successfully coach clients, leaving plenty of time to learn all the other important skills that Health Coaches desperately need (more on this later).

So now that you have a better idea of what you’ll learn in a Health Coach school and what our school’s philosophy is, let’s talk about the impact YOU, future Health Coach, can make in the world.

The Impact of Joining a Health Coach School

As you likely already know, we have a major global crisis on our hands. As a society, we are more stressed, overworked, overweight, exhausted, burnt out, and SICK than ever before. And we’re developing lifestyle diseases like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes at an alarming rate.

Here are some scary facts:

60%

6 in 10 American adults currently have a chronic disease and 4 in 10 have two or more (Centers for Disease Control).

57%

By 2020, chronic diseases caused by lifestyle choices are projected to increase by 57% (World Health Organization).

67%

Within about a decade, it’s projected that 67% of the US population will have some form of diabetes (Centers for Disease Control).

86%

86% of healthcare dollars are spent treating chronic diseases—a whopping $2.9 trillion and growing (Centers for Disease Control).

Now here’s a wonderfully promising fact we’re excited to share: approximately 75% of ALL disease could be prevented with better nutrition and habits.

Seventy-five percent.

Can you imagine that? And this is where you, future Health Coach, can make a huge impact. You can be part of a massive paradigm shift in the way we approach healthcare—one that focuses on disease prevention through healthy lifestyle design and habit change. You can help people who are sick and struggling go from surviving to thriving and fully alive, and you can teach them how to master healthy habits that serve them for LIFE.

At HCI, we believe Health Coaches are the FUTURE of healthcare…and for good reason. Here are just a few incredible stats on the impact Health Coaches can have:

86%

In a recent study by Healthcare Intelligence Network, 86% of survey respondents reported that patients’ self-management improved with the help of a Health Coach.

60%

According to Marketdata Enterprises, Inc., 60% of Americans (or approximately 197 million people) have expressed that they are interested in working with a Health Coach.

33%

Insurance companies are hiring Health Coaches to deliver disease prevention programs (focused on diabetes, smoking cessation, stress management, and weight management) to patients and at-risk communities (Marketdata Enterprises, Inc.).

As our co-founders Stacey Morgenstern and Carey Peters like to say, Health Coaches

“…intervene in that space between the gravitational pull of habit and the desire for lasting change. We help people cross the divide.”

In simple terms, what that means is that Health Coaches help others go from just knowing the actions they should take to create desired change in their lives to actually following through with those actions and creating healthy, sustainable habits.

Now, let’s move on to the main reason you’re here…how to pick the right Health Coach school for you.

Choosing The Right School For You

We won’t sugarcoat it. Choosing a Health Coach School can feel overwhelming! There are many schools out there—each different in their own way—and a lot of factors to consider when deciding where to enroll. To help remove some of that overwhelm and get you crystal clear on the best school for you, here are 12 things to look for in a Health Coach school. Flip to see more!

Comprehensive Curriculum

Comprehensive Curriculum

We mention this a lot (and for good reason!). Your Health Coach curriculum provides the foundation upon which your entire career will be
built. Therefore, it’s so important that you take the time to fully understand what each school’s curriculum will offer you and make sure
it’s robust. We mentioned earlier that your Health Coach training should include four essential ingredients: nutrition, coaching, personal
growth, and business and marketing training. If the school you’re considering provides training in these four key areas, you can feel
confident the curriculum is comprehensive.

Qualified Instructors

Qualified Instructors

What you’ll learn is important, but so is who you’ll be learning from. If you want to launch a lucrative Health Coaching career, it makes sense to learn from people who have experienced a solid track record of career success, right? So, make sure whoever is teaching the training is a seasoned coach with proven career success they can point to.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Choosing a program that has been accredited by a third-party organization, like the International Coach Federation, is a great way to ensure you’ll receive a high-caliber training experience that will prepare you to rock it as a Health Coach once you graduate.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

This is another factor we can’t emphasize enough. To become an effective Health Coach, you need knowledge and practice. So, look for a school whose program includes the opportunity to finetune your coaching skills and build confidence working with real people. To be 100% honest, if the school you’re looking at doesn’t offer this critical component, we say look elsewhere.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

This is another factor we can’t emphasize enough. To become an effective Health Coach, you need knowledge and practice. So, look for a school whose program includes the opportunity to finetune your coaching skills and build confidence working with real people. To be 100% honest, if the school you’re looking at doesn’t offer this critical component, we say look elsewhere.

Community

Community

Don’t underestimate the power of surrounding yourself with a community of positive, encouraging people who can help stretch you further than you ever thought possible. Leaning into a community can not only up-level your learning (and increase the fun factor), but also push you to step out of your comfort zone so you can experience new levels of success. Pay close attention to each school’s vibe and what their community is saying. If the community feels supportive, connected, and uplifting, you can move on to…

Support

Support

Having adequate support to ask questions, get clarification, and determine next steps is so important as you train to become a Health Coach—even more so if you select an online Health Coach School where you’ll be studying remotely. So make sure you’re clear on what kind of support you can expect from each school you’re considering. Here are some examples of support Health Coach Institute offers its students: personal mentorship, biweekly office hours with instructors, group coaching calls, private Facebook group access to peers, in-person and virtual workshops, career services support, and more.

Resources

Resources

Having lots of helpful resources (think: checklists, templates, coaching demos, marketing materials, and done-for-you Health Coaching Programs) can be a huge help when you’re learning the ropes of Health Coaching. They can help cement knowledge and boost confidence, while providing practical tips on things like how to get clients and build your business. We recommend choosing a program that offers access to a wealth of resources designed to set you on course for your most successful future.

The Right “Fit”

The Right “Fit”

As we’ve already mentioned, Health Coach schools each have their own focus, philosophy, and tone…and it’s important to make sure those resonate with you and your dreams, values, and desires. So we encourage you to explore and get really clear on your internal motivation for becoming a Health Coach—then find a school that matches that motivation.

Happy Grads

Happy Grads

The school you’ve been eyeing looks great on paper…but what about social proof? We strongly encourage you to find out what grads have to say about their educational experience. Are there video testimonials with grads you can watch or reviews you can read? Can you connect with a grad directly to get their thoughts on the school and its training program? That candid feedback will help paint a clear picture of whether or not a school’s curriculum, philosophy, and culture will meet your expectations.

Proof of Results

Proof of Results

On a similar note, make sure to look for surefire signs a school’s curriculum is effective. When you talk to grads, can they share powerful client success stories demonstrating how their coaching resulted in real change? Do they share stories of their own personal transformation as a result of their Health Coach training? If so, this is a good predictor that the school will teach you what you need to help others facilitate positive change in their lives.

Proof of Results

Proof of Results

On a similar note, make sure to look for surefire signs a school’s curriculum is effective. When you talk to grads, can they share powerful client success stories demonstrating how their coaching resulted in real change? Do they share stories of their own personal transformation as a result of their Health Coach training? If so, this is a good predictor that the school will teach you what you need to help others facilitate positive change in their lives.

Business and Marketing Training

Business and Marketing Training

There’s no question, Health Coaching is equal parts art, science, and business. The only problem is, most schools don’t spend enough time on the latter…so their grads complete a training only to stumble when it comes time to launch their career. It’s incredibly important that you select a school that offers comprehensive business and marketing training as part of your coach training. After all, you could be the best-trained coach there ever was—but you won’t find success if you have no clue how to sell yourself, get clients, or run a business.

Flexibility

Flexibility

Last but not least, be on the lookout for Health Coaching schools with a lot of built-in flexibility when it comes to learning. Here are some examples we recommend looking into: Does the school offer self-paced study so you can learn on your schedule? Is the curriculum available in multiple formats so you can pick what works best for you? If mentorship is included, are there lots of options to choose dates and times that fit your schedule? Seeking out a school that offers lots of flexibility will enable you to customize your training experience so you can get the most out of it and progress in a way that works best for you.

For more information, check out our blog post 7 Considerations For Evaluating Health Coach Schools.

How To Get Started With a Health Coach School

Now that you know what Health Coach schools teach and what criteria to consider when selecting a school, it’s time to prepare yourself to head back to class. Check out our blog post 3 Simple Steps To Take In Preparation For Health Coach School for some tips to help set you up for your most positive and productive learning experience.

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