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How NSHC Differs


General health and wellness can be guided by wellness coaches where a clinical background isn't necessary, whereas NSHC's certified health coaches guide clilents/patients across the broadest health spectrum; from those with chronic conditions and health risks to those seeking to maintain wellness or improve general health.

Those who receive NSHC's Certificate of Completion may fill any role including coaching, deemed appropriate by their employer and under the employer's supervision and liability- the same that exists currently in an employer-employee relationship.

*Why the NSHC Chooses to Remain Independent of the International Consortium (ICHWC)

While the ICHWC's attempt to standardize coaching certification standards internationally is a worthwhile effort, one certification does not meet the needs of all healthcare providers, nor all patients with varying acuity levels. In recognizing this distinct difference, the NSHC requires higher eligibility criteria for its Health Coach Certification; that which requires a current license, registration or certification to assess, plan, treat, implement and/or evaluate patient/client interventions in clinical settings.

Clinicians and practitioners should coach those with chronic conditions, co-morbidities, and high to moderate health risk(s) for the same. NSHC's program of study is based on this premise. For this reason, the NSHC differentiates its Health Coach Certification and will remain independent of this consortium.


  1. Developed by clinicians; 96% would recommend 
  2. Affordable; Self-paced independent study
  3. Program recognizes user's existing clinical skill/knowledge
  4. Complimentary 42 CEs upon successful testing; Online testing 24/7 
  5. Chosen by Fortune 500 companies


More than half of all respondents represented companies with 1000 or more employees.
Improved clinical outcomes include:

  1. Weight loss and maintenance
  2. Diabetes management
  3. Heart health
  4. Stress management
  5. Smoking cessation
  6. Medication management

 53% of respondents experienced Increased employee participation and patient/client satisfaction rates.