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Health Coaching Scholarships: Programs That Offer Them + How To Apply

Emma Loewe
March 3, 2023
Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director
By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director
Emma Loewe is the Senior Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us."
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March 3, 2023

The first step to becoming a successful health coach is enrolling in a health coaching certification program. Unfortunately, financial constraints prevent many people from getting started since tuition to these programs can cost upward of $10,000. The world needs health coaches now more than ever, so in an effort to make the field more accessible, some health coaching programs (including mindbodygreen's) now offer scholarships.

How to get a health coaching scholarship.

Part health expert, part motivational coach, health coaches help clients set clear and tangible health goals and take the necessary steps to achieve them.

The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) is the main certifying body for health coaching. To receive your NBC-HWC certification, you need to graduate from an NBHWC-approved program first.

Tuition to these programs can vary based on their length, format, curriculum, etc., and can cost as much as $10,000. However, some programs offer scholarships that range from $500 to $3,000+. To apply for this funding, you'll often need to send in supplemental information with your program application.

The application process will vary by the program since some scholarships are distributed based on financial need, while others are merit-based. Certain programs also only provide scholarships to students who live within a certain state or are unemployed at the time of enrollment. Refer to this guide for more information on the financial aid criteria for various NBHWC-approved programs.

mindbodygreen's Health Coach Certification Scholarship Program.

mindbodygreen's Health Coach Certification (HCC) program is a rigorous 20-week course taught by functional health experts such as Mark Hyman, M.D., Kelly LeVeque, and Maya Feller, M.S., R.D., CDN.

The unique program prepares graduates for health coaching through a combination of 75 hours of flexible instruction, office hours, interactive feedback sessions, and practical assessments featuring personal feedback from instructors. Most of the virtual program can be taken at your own pace, so many students are able to continue working while enrolled in the course. mbg's private alumni community makes this a standout program for anyone looking to start a successful and fulfilling career as a health coach. All students who enroll in HCC will also receive free lifetime access to mbg's Functional Nutrition Training program.

"I loved this course so much. It aligned with who I am as a person and where I want to go as a health coach. I felt supported as well as challenged. This was no easy feat but well worthwhile! The time and money invested was so well spent. I left this course feeling empowered to make a difference in the lives of many," Wendy, a recent HCC graduate, says of the program. (Read a more detailed student review here.)

The cost of enrollment for mindbodygreen's program is $4,999, and we award partial scholarships for each cohort. These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a special passion for health coaching and a commitment to bringing their coaching skills to underserved and underrepresented communities. Sign up for the HCC newsletter to receive updates on scholarship opportunities with future cohorts.

Your career after graduation.

Once you graduate from your coaching program and complete 50 practice coaching sessions, you'll be ready to sit for the NBC-HWC exam (a 4.5-hour multiple-choice test). Upon passing the test, you'll become a certified health coach and hold the NBC-HWC credential.

This designation will lend credibility and trust and open up doors to you as a health coach. Some certified health coaches opt to open their own businesses where they can set their own schedule, while others prefer to work in a hospital or private practice. You can also work in corporate wellness, be employed by a wellness resort or retreat, or join a health care/insurance company... There are quite a few job opportunities for a health coach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a high demand for health coaches?

Yes, there is a strong demand for health coaching, and the field is projected to hit nearly $26 billion by 2030 as more people become interested in optimizing their well-being and investing in their health.

Is there money in health coaching?

Based on experience and certifications, new health coaches can expect to make $62,000 to $102,000 a year, according to Glassdoor.

The takeaway.

Health coaching is a valuable and lucrative job, but like many career paths, it requires some upfront investment. Thankfully, a handful of health coaching programs now offer scholarships, including mindbodygreen's Health Coach Certification program.

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Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability + Health Director

Emma Loewe is the Sustainability and Health Director at mindbodygreen and the author of Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us. She is also the co-author of The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care, which she wrote alongside Lindsay Kellner.

Emma received her B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy with a specialty in environmental communications from Duke University. In addition to penning over 1,000 mbg articles on topics from the water crisis in California to the rise of urban beekeeping, her work has appeared on Grist, Bloomberg News, Bustle, and Forbes. She's spoken about the intersection of self-care and sustainability on podcasts and live events alongside environmental thought leaders like Marci Zaroff, Gay Browne, and Summer Rayne Oakes.