Health and Wellness Coaching

Health and Wellness Coaching Program

Prepare for a career helping others achieve healthy lifestyles through the Health and Wellness Coaching programs at Mesa College. In each of the two programs, you’ll learn how to enact interventions related to the management of clients’ stress, nutrition, physical activity, and other health-related behaviors. You will develop a client-centered coaching approach that incorporates behavior change theories, motivational interviewing, and coaching psychology to improve client and patient health outcomes. While many people understand the benefits of nutritious eating, stress management, exercise, and tobacco cessation, you will help bridge the gap for those who struggle with implementation. Your education, skills, and training as a wellness coach will help you partner with clients to create healthy behavior change that lasts.

NBHWC Approved Health Coaching Program

San Diego Mesa College Certificate of Achievement in Health and Wellness Coaching and Certificate of Performance in Health and Wellness Coaching are Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Programs by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates of the programs are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).

Certificate Program Descriptions

We offer two Health and Wellness Certificate Program Pathways at San Diego Mesa College. Both pathways are approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching.

Certificate of Performance

The certificate of Performance is a 10-unit program that focuses on a core coaching and lifestyle medicine curriculum plus one related elective. This program is appropriate for those already working within health- or wellness-related fields or those who have a bachelors or masters degree in a similar field. 

* The Certificate of Performance is available starting August, 2024.

Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement is a 19-unit program that includes the core coaching and lifestyle medicine curriculum and additional required coursework on public health, nutrition, entrepreneurship, and communications. This program is most appropriate for those who do not have previous education or experience in a health- or wellness-related field.


Please find the specific courses and timeline for each program under the degree and certificate requirements. Regardless of your program of choice, we offer two program start dates a year, one in January and one in August.

Program Learning Outcomes

At San Diego Mesa College, this program is overviewed by an Advisory Committee.

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