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Nurse Coach

Board Certification

& Program Information

The national Nurse Coach Board Certification is new and exciting… and can be a little difficult to wrap your head around at first. So let’s clear it up!

 

Our Transformative Nurse Coach Certificate Program has been approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association to provide 120 CNE contact hours related to Nurse Coaching.

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) accepts our 120 CNE contact hours for the board requirements for the National Nurse Coach Board Certification.

This means our Nurse Coach Board Certified program provides you with the most accessible, affordable, and highest-quality training to help you reach your professional goals.

The Two Types of AHNCC Certification

Our program allows you to obtain both of the certifications below, although you can only hold one at a time. The only difference between the two certifications is that HWNC-BC means that you are BOTH a NC-BC and a HN-BC (Holistic Nurse – Board Certified).

So, NC-BC + HN-BC = HWNC-BC.

 

Elegibility Requirements (per AHNCC website):

Main Element CSS Closed
  • Unrestricted, current U.S. RN license*
  • Active practice as an RN for a minimum of 2 years full-time or 4,000 hours part-time within the past 5 years
  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate (BS, BA, BSN) degree in Nursing from an accredited academic institution (International candidates must have their Baccalaureate Nursing degree evaluated to determine that their program is equivalent to a US Baccalaureate Nursing degree program.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 CNEs, accrued over the past 3 years, that include content consistent with the Nurse Coach Core Values and Nurse Coach Competencies.**
  • 60 hours coaching experience that has been mentored and/or supervised by a Certified Nurse Coach Supervisor AND Validation letter from a Certified Nurse Coach.
  • Must agree to the terms contained in the Candidate’s Agreement with AHNCC and complete and sign the Application attesting to agreement.
NC-BC (Nurse Coach - Board Certified)
  • Unrestricted, current U.S. RN license*
  • Active practice as an RN for a minimum of 2 years full-time or 4,000 hours part-time within the past 5 years
  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate (BS, BA, BSN) degree in Nursing from an accredited academic institution (International candidates must have their Baccalaureate Nursing degree evaluated to determine that their program is equivalent to a US Baccalaureate Nursing degree program.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 CNEs, accrued over the past 3 years, that include content consistent with the Nurse Coach Core Values and Nurse Coach Competencies.**
  • 60 hours coaching experience that has been mentored and/or supervised by a Certified Nurse Coach Supervisor AND Validation letter from a Certified Nurse Coach.
  • Must agree to the terms contained in the Candidate’s Agreement with AHNCC and complete and sign the Application attesting to agreement.
HWNC-BC (Health and Wellness Nurse Coach - Board Certified)
  • Unrestricted, current U.S. RN license*
  • Active practice as an RN for a minimum of 2 years full-time or 4,000 hours part-time within the past 5 years
  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate (BS, BA, BSN) degree in Nursing from an accredited academic institution (International candidates must have their Baccalaureate Nursing degree evaluated to determine that their program is equivalent to a US Baccalaureate Nursing degree program.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 CNEs, accrued over the past 3 years, that include content consistent with the Nurse Coach Core Values and Nurse Coach Competencies.**
  • 60 hours coaching experience that has been mentored and/or supervised by a Certified Nurse Coach Supervisor AND Validation letter from a Certified Nurse Coach.
  • Must agree to the terms contained in the Candidate’s Agreement with AHNCC and complete and sign the Application attesting to agreement.
  • Hold Holistic Nursing certification.

We know the national Nurse Coach Board Certification sounds complicated – and it can be! Which is why our program exists.

 

The truth is, obtaining the appropriate CNE contact hours and supervised coaching hours required to sit for the National Nurse Coach Board Certification exam can be a daunting process.

With so many piecemeal continuing education activities out there, you can get stuck in paralysis by analysis.

Unsure if a program is applicable towards the board certification… or not.

Now, as if that wasn’t bad enough, finding a board certified Nurse Coach who is willing to supervise your 60 hours of practice coaching can be difficult and expensive.

It can be overwhelming to learn how to become a powerful Nurse Coach – and enroll clients – all from a heart-centered place.

Figuring out all of this on your own can leave you stuck in a dizzying array of options and uncertainty.

Luckily, there’s an answer:

The Transformative Nurse Coach Certificate Program. It provides you with everything that you need in order to fulfill the educational and coaching practice hours required to be eligible to sit for the Nurse Coach Board Certification exam.

 

How You’ll Become a national, certified Nurse Health Coach With Us

60 Hours of Continuing Education Related to Nurse Coaching

+

60 Hours of Supervised Coaching Practicum

=

Eligible to sit for the National Nurse Coach Board Certification Exam.

The Official Stuff

 

We know that choosing the right program takes time and effort to research, and we want to make sure that you are making the most informed decision possible. Here are our official approval statements from the organizations we are certified through to put your mind at ease.

AHNA:

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 

AHNCC:

AHNCC accepts these contact hours towards the requirement for either the Nurse Coach or Holistic Nurse Examination application requirement.

 

California Board of Nursing:

The Nurse Coach Collective is a licensed CA Continuing Education Provider: CEP16964

Still have questions?

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We’d love to hear from you.

We get it. There’s quite a few moving pieces here. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us and hop on a call.

Want to know why we do what we do?

Take a few minutes to learn about who we are, and the purpose behind our work by reading our mission. 

And if you’d like, take some time to read our article that lists some of our favorite reasons for having obtained a national Nurse Coach Board Certification. 

 

A happy, professional nurse health coach.

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By taking this course, do I still need ‘experience’ requirements?

You may notice that the Nurse Coach Board Certification requires “60 hours coaching experience that has been mentored and/or supervised by a Certified Nurse Coach Supervisor AND Validation letter from a Certified Nurse Coach.”

All of this (and more) is included in our training program, which means that you do not need to seek out additional coaching experience or outside mentorship. Our Nurse Coaching Program provides you with all of the practice and experience necessary for you to become a world-class nurse coach.

There are some additional requirements in regards to recent hours in active RN practice. Check out the requirements above.

How do I know if I meet the experience requirements?

Check out the AHNCC eligibility requirements for each Board Certification to determine if you meet the required number of practice hours.

Which nursing specialty allows me to meet these requirements?

Working in any setting as an RN will allow you to meet the nursing hour requirements. Any are of bedside nursing, leadership, education, clinical or non-clinical setting is fair game. If you are working as a nurse, these hours count as professional RN practice.