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About The HCI Pathway Program

Course Description

In response to the growing interest in national certification, we’ve developed a new training course: The HCI Pathway Program. 

The HCI Pathway Program is a rigorous, 12-week course designed with the intention of preparing each student to be eligible to take the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) board exam.

The course is built in accordance with the competencies laid out by the NBHWC, will be delivered through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous formats, and will be highly interactive and experiential. 

Students will be expected to attend all live sessions and complete all assignments in a timely manner, in addition to engaging in weekly buddy coaching practice. The small class size and high-level student interaction will create an optimal learning atmosphere in which students will be able to explore content and deepen their understanding through rich discussions and mixed approaches to learning. 

All NBHWC-approved programs must have a synchronous aspect to the course that meets live in real time either in-person or in a virtual environment. The synchronous component of The HCI Pathway Program will take place via Zoom (a very easy-to-use video conferencing platform). 

The HCI Pathway Program includes weekly, 2-hour synchronous classes, held every Thursday for 12 weeks, as well as a total of four 6.5-hour “Synchronous Saturday Workshops.” 

Live Class Sessions: 

  • Thursdays from 7pm – 9pm EST beginning January 30, 2020 and ending on April 16, 2020
  • Synchronous Saturday Workshops: Saturdays from 11am – 5:30pm EST on January 25, February 8, March 7, and April 4, 2020  

Saturday classes include a 20-minute break and two 5-minute breaks.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course begin? 

The official start date for the course is Monday, January 20, 2020, and we’ll begin with an orientation week. Note that the first live session is on Saturday, January 25, 2020. 

Do I have to attend the live sessions?

The NBHWC requires that all applicants attend a minimum of 40 hours of synchronous training. Attending the above live classes is, therefore, mandatory. That being said, we understand that sometimes things come up that would prevent synchronous attendance. We have, therefore, built an additional 8 hours into the synchronous class schedule, allowing for students to miss a maximum of 8 hours of synchronous class time. This equates to one Saturday workshop + one weekly 2-hour class meeting OR up to four 2-hour class meetings. 

What will I gain from taking this course?

The overall goal of the The HCI Pathway Program is to apply for and receive NBHWC program approval. This will allow a pathway for our graduates to sit for the Health and Wellness Coach Certification Examination (HWCCE). Successful passing of the HWCCE will result in being able to use the designation “Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach,” or simply, NBC-HWC. 

Currently, some employers, such as larger health and wellness practices and VA (and other types of hospitals) require that all new HWC hires have this credential. Furthermore, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recently approved tracking codes for HWC, that go into effect in January, 2020. Based on the data collected from these codes, it is possible that HWC would move into full category I status, ultimately allowing NBC-HWCs to accept insurance for health and well-being coaching services. 

What is significant about the beta course offering? 

It is important to know that this course is not and cannot be NBHWC approved until after the beta cohort completes the program. What this means is: NBHWC program approval is not guaranteed. That being said, we have been hard at work analyzing NBHWC program requirements, and designing and developing the The HCI Pathway Program accordingly. 

If, for any reason, we fall short of NBHWC approval, we would be required to add additional content to the program. If that were the case, all students who participated in the beta cohort would have access to addendum content at no additional charge, ensuring that all beta group participants will be fully eligible to take the HWCCE (based on training requirements; there are other requirements to take the exam). 

How much time should I expect to spend per week on the course?

Students should expect to spend a minimum of 10-15 hours per week on this course.

Who is teaching the course? 

NBHWC has stringent faculty requirements for all approved training programs. As a result, the HCI Pathway Program faculty team is required to meet or exceed those standards. For the beta course, the two primary instructors will be Health Coach Institute faculty members, Kaley Hixson and Brooke Jeffries. 

The HCI Pathway Program Faculty Bios

The beta course schedule does not work for me. Will there be another offering of this course in the future? 

Yes, definitely! Join the waitlist now to be the first to know when the next course starts.

Join the waitlist now to be the first to know when the next The HCI Pathway Program course starts.