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Integrative Health Coach, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_IHC

Control Number: 38587

Financial Aid Eligible


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 additional skills.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will have the knowledge, skills, and social-emotional intelligence 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 developing prevention behaviors and lifestyle changes for improved treatment adherence and health outcomes.
  3. Students will have the skills necessary to motivate patients in setting realistic goals for behavior change that promotes health and wellness.
  4. Apply appropriate educational techniques with clients, patients, groups, or communities that encourage improved wellness and health behaviors.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
ALH A115Patient Care2.5
or INHL A115 Clinical Skills for the Integrative Health Coach
ALH A120Human Diseases2
FN A140Introduction to Nutrition Concepts2-3
or FN A170 Nutrition
INHL A100Integrative Health Coach Principles & Practice I3
INHL A200Principles & Practice II3
INHL/PUBH A210Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs3-5
or MA A205 Administrative Medical Assisting 2
INHL/PUBH A220Techniques and Topics in Health Education3
INHL A225Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine3
INHL A250Integrative Health Coach Supervised Practice2
Restricted Electives - Select one course: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 Units29.5-32.5
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 29.5-32.5
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 60

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ALH A111 Medical Terminology 3
OCC AS GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA C1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA D - CHOOSE ONE 1 3
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 3
 Units15
Semester 2
OCC AS GE AREA A2- CHOOSE ONE 2 3-4
OCC AS GE AREA B - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
OCC AS GE AREA C2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): 3-4
Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
 
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 3
 Units15-18
Year 2
Semester 1
ALH A115
Patient Care
or Clinical Skills for the Integrative Health Coach
2.5
ALH A120 Human Diseases 2
INHL A100 Integrative Health Coach Principles & Practice I 3
FN A140
Introduction to Nutrition Concepts
or Nutrition
2-3
INHL/PUBH A210
Navigating the U.S. Health Care System, Health Insurance, Public Assistance, and Benefits Programs
or Administrative Medical Assisting 2
3-5
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 4 3.5
 Units16-19
Semester 2
AS RESTRICTED ELECTIVE – CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) or ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 5 3
INHL A200 Principles & Practice II 3
INHL/PUBH A220 Techniques and Topics in Health Education 3
INHL A225 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3
INHL A250 Integrative Health Coach Supervised Practice 2
 Units14
 Total Units60-66