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Integrative Health Coach, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_IHC
Control Number: 38598

The Integrative Health Coach will have a holistic approach to patient services and will have knowledge of integrative modalities that support health and wellness. Integrative Health Coaches assist patients in understanding the recommendations of their clinicians for improved health outcomes. Tools used by Integrative Health Coach include goal setting for behavior change, motivational interviewing, and health education. Their understanding of the U.S. healthcare system and health insurance will allow them to help patients navigate the healthcare system, assuring that patients are connected to services including under coverage and/or connecting the patient to additional community resources. The Integrative Health Coach program will prepare students to serve on health care teams, providing patient navigational support in understanding and accessing medical care.

The Integrative Health Coach empowers patients to make lasting health behavior changes that are the cornerstones of lifelong well-being. It bridges the gap between medical recommendations and patients' ability to successfully implement their clinician's recommendations into their behavior choices.

Students who complete the Integrative Health Coach Certificate of Achievement may elect to complete additional graduation requirements and earn an Associate of Science, Integrative Health Coach. The program is structured to allow students who have completed the Medical Assisting program can complete the requirements in one semester. It will also benefit individuals who are currently working within health care or who have completed an undergraduate degree and desire addition skills.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful members of an integrated healthcare team.
  2. Students will understand basic disease etiology and treatment and be able to assist patients in understanding diagnostic test in relationship to behaviors and treatment adherence.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
ALH A115Patient Care2.5
or INHL A115 Clinical Skills for the Integrative Health Coach
ALH A120Human Diseases2
INHL A100Integrative Health Coach Principles & Practice3
FN A140Introduction to Nutrition Concepts2-3
or FN A170 Nutrition
Subtotal12.5-13.5
Semester 2
INHL A210Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs3-5
or MA A205 Administrative Medical Assisting 2
or PUBH A210 Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs
INHL A220Techniques and Topics in Health Education3
or PUBH A220 Techniques and Topics in Health Education
INHL A225Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine3
INHL A250Integrative Health Coach Internship2
Subtotal11-13
Restricted Electives Students must complete a minimum of one course from the list below.3
Enhancing Guest Service
Assessing and Analyzing Health Information
Theory of Yoga
Medical Assisting Core
Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
Introduction to Public Health
Health and Social Justice
Total Units26.5-29.5