Health and Wellness Coaching

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Health and Wellness Coaching is designed to prepare students for employment as a health and wellness coach. Health and wellness coaches facilitate client-driven goal-setting, self-discovery, active learning, and accountability using behavior change theories. The program is designed to equip students to apply communication and motivational strategies to improve overall health and well-being.

This certificate is designed to prepare students who have completed or are in pursuit of an associate degree for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certification Exam.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Health and Wellness Coaching (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Admissions criteria

Enrollment in an associate degree or permission of Program Director.


This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Must have an associate degree to take the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certification Exam.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Develop a client-centered communication style purposed on promoting health, wellness, and overall well-being.
  2. Demonstrate effective, evidence-based coaching strategies to positively impact behavior change and resolve ambivalence.
  3. Develop a working familiarity of current evidence-based recommendations in the areas of health promotion and wellness to support the client in implementing lasting personal lifestyle choices and behaviors.
  4. Apply the legal and ethical standards of health and wellness coaching.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HES100 Healthful Living OR Equivalent coursework and/or experience approved by Program Director SB 0–3
HWC101 Health and Wellness Coaching 3
HWC290 Health and Wellness Coaching Internship 1
Course Area Key

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.