How NSHC Differs

How NSHC Differs


Certification for clinicians in health coaching represents the highest attainable credential for the licensed health practitioner within the health and wellness credentialing arena. The NSHC's Certified Health Coach (CHC) is a separate credential above and beyond entry-level health and wellness certifications for allied health providers.

As Health Coaching Certification is voluntary, its achievement represents the highest level of commitment to clients/patients and to the advancement of Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)® in healthcare. NSHC CHC's must meet the high standard of education and licensure, as well as pass a rigorous 2-part timed exam that tests knowledge, critical thinking, communication and engagement as well as the application of skills, strategies and health coaching concepts.

NSHC is the only certifying body designed specifically for the licensed healthcare practitioner credentialed to coach those with moderate to high health risks, chronic conditions and disease. For that reason, NSHC's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are high and based on those of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).   Additionally, the NSHC  works closely with its Professional Advisory Board, professional practice associations, MINT Trainers, and others in professional and private practice to establish its standards for core competencies, training, and testing.

The National Society of Health Coaches is dedicated to advancing the use of Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)®  in clinical practice. The Society's program uses the foundation of motivational interviewing and other strategic interventions within a health coaching context to actively and safely engage patients/clients in health behavior change. This approach guides patients/clients to better self-manage wellness and chronic health conditions resulting in optimal health outcomes, reduced health risk and lowered overall healthcare costs.



  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.


General health and wellness can be guided by wellness coaches where a clinical background is not necessary, whereas NSHC's certified health coaches guide clients/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.