Health Coaching and Human Performance

For Spring Term 2021, we are offering in-person, hybrid, remote and online  courses.  
In-person courses will have class meetings on campus in accordance with established College safety protocols. Hybrid courses will have a combination of in-person and remote/online content. Remote courses show a day and time and will have class meetings via live video. Online courses will contain fully online content without set meeting times.
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You’re passionate about health and fitness and want to take your passion and make it your career. As a health coach, you will educate clients and coach them to their peak performance. With a curriculum designed to increase health knowledge and empower students, you will learn to encourage others to adopt a healthy lifestyle and improve their quality of life.

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Getting Started: Spring Term 2021

Oct. 1:  Financial Aid

Jan. 4:  Application

Jan. 11:  Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: Seminole State has a proven track record of preparing healthcare graduates for success. 
  • Industry-driven curriculum: Courses were developed with input from the regional business community and economic development agencies.
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are industry-focused with real-world and classroom expertise.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than Florida's universities.

Additional Information

Health Coaching and Human Performance Certificate of Professional Preparation
Major Code : HCHP-BC
CIP: 5553401030

Program Description

The Health Coaching and Human Performance Certificate Program prepares bachelor-degree holding students for careers in the growing field of wellness professionals. Companies are seeing wellness as an investment toward decreasing health care costs. Prevention-based health coaching models are being implemented to help patients manage chronic diseases and prevent disease occurrence. Health coaches promote wellness through the development and implementation of strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Health coaches work in hospitals, non-profit organizations, government, physical's offices, private businesses, fitness organizations and colleges.

Program Admission

Prerequisite:  Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
This course is designed for healthcare, public health and wellness professionals who desire to educate and support clients to achieve positive health goals through lifestyle changes and behavior modification. Topics will include the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices in nutrition, mindfulness and physical health. Coaching skills with a focus on the practical application of brief intervention and motivational interviewing skills is emphasized. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to develop, manage and sustain health and wellness programs while maintaining a supportive environment for behavior change.
This course provides an overview of medical and psychosocial aspects of chronic diseases, including issues of disability management.
This course focuses on the issues in exercise and fitness that each major age group encounters in society today. Students learn the unique challenges that senior adults, middle-aged and younger adults and children and adolescents are confronted with, as well as the sociological, psychological and economic factors that can impact favorable outcomes. Motivational strategies, techniques and plans for designing age-appropriate exercise and fitness programs will be discussed and practiced and current research in models of exercise and fitness programs in community and corporate-based settings will be studied and evaluated for effectiveness. This course will provide an anatomical foundation for the understanding and analysis of human movement.
This course will develop advanced strategies for independent fitness goals designed for lifetime health. Topics will include athletic performance development through a combination of skill, strength and balance training and understanding strategies for analyzing and improving athletic performance. This course will have an emphasis on sport-specific conditioning.
This course explores current dietary trends and examines the role geopolitical and economic forces have on our day-to-day food choices. The spectrum of popular diets and their advocates and critics will be discussed along with the current scientific research available for each. Students will reflect on the diversity of food choices, prohibitions and taboos that exist within our multicultural and multiethnic communities, with an eye toward increasing awareness and sensitivity. An emphasis will be placed on the health promotion theory and guidelines to optimize nutrition-related behaviors.
This unique elective course provides students an opportunity to study a specific area of nutrition that is not available in the current curriculum. Students will review the current literature and research in nutrition related to the selected topic. Topics may include a certain area of human nutrition that is not currently offered in the curriculum or emerging nutrition issues that affect the local community.

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Client Education in Healthcare
This course focuses on the delivery of client-specific health education. An emphasis will be placed on assessing and delivering educational programs that include health, wellness, disease, disease prevention and quality of life. Students will learn to evaluate training methods, curriculum, objectives and educational experiences that will best serve diverse patient populations.
This course is designed for students who desire to become health coaches. Health coaches help individuals adopt achievable strategies that lead to behavior change, lifelong healthy eating and improved exercise habits. Topics include coaching for smoking cessation, stress management, weight loss and preventative care practices.

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This course provides instruction in the scientific principles of nutrition, including the role of specific nutrients, digestion of each, absorption, metabolism and sources of the nutrients and requirements of the various age groups. Emphasis is on the factors influencing the ability of individuals to maintain good nutritional status.
This course focuses on the scientific principles of normal nutrition, including specific nutrients, digestion, absorption, metabolism and nutritional requirements of different age groups. This course has a special focus on the application of nutrition principles to physical health. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary team approach to disease prevention and health restoration.
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Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fees*

Seminole State
Tuition and Fees$1,799
Room and Board-0-
Books and Supplies$500

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2019-20 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on 15 total credit hours for this program in the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 terms for in-state students. Book expenses are estimates and may vary by course. Lab fees and other fees that may assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Career Opportunities


Health coaches promote wellness through the development and implementation of strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Health coaches work in hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government, physician’s offices, private businesses and colleges. As more employers, health insurance companies and communities focus on disease prevention to reduce healthcare costs, there will be an increased need for trained health coaches to meet the need.

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare the certificate holder for health coaching and wellness positions at wellness centers, employee health clinics, hospitals, home care organizations and physician offices.

  • Health Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Community Health Worker
  • Nutrition Specialist

Job Outlook

Employment of health coaches and educators is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services. National Employer Data indicates the average health coach salary range is between $38,879 and $60,565.