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Wellness Coach Training (Minnesota)

Program description


The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training is an 11-session course that prepares students to work as Wellness Coaches within diverse settings by:

  • Combining online and on-site learning that maximizes potential for individual growth
  • Providing opportunities for group interaction and practice
  • Respecting individual needs via a flexible training schedule

All sessions are offered online, with the exception of Session 3, which is taught on-site at a 2.5-day workshop at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Weekly classes are provided using the Blackboard Learning Management System, an online learning platform, and coursework is completed on a flexible schedule.

The on-site training provides an opportunity to observe, practice and demonstrate practical coaching skills.

The last session (Session 11) is delivered via a prescheduled group teleconference with all class students and an instructor.

Successful completion of the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training is the first step for eligibility as a certified Wellness Coach.

Program goal

Students learn how to establish relationships and practice core coaching skills that assist individuals in identifying their values and desires, transforming them into action, and maintaining lasting change over time. They learn to partner in dynamic collaboration with individuals, respecting the client as the expert in his/her own life, using a strength-based focus and strong grounding in best practice.


College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Session 3 takes place at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester. This campus comprises an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus; and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Wellness Coach Training, students will receive an academic transcript that includes three graduate credits from Mayo School of Health Sciences. Students are then eligible to apply for Wellness Coach Certification offered through the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 120 students to its Wellness Coach Training Course.

  • Dec 11, 2013
  • ART248220