Board Certification

Our Integrative Nurse Coach Program structure meets all requirements for the National Nurse Coach Certification. After completion, all nurses who meet licensing, practice and educational requirements will qualify to take the Nurse Coach Certification Exam.

At the completion of the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) all graduates are eligible to sit for the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) Nurse Coach Certification Examination as long as they have met all of the application requirements.

They are also eligible to sit for the AHNCC Holistic Nurse Certification Examination if application is made within 2 years of graduation as the INCCP is taught within the context of holism. The INCCP 96 hours are accepted for the CE requirements.

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) offers three certification options:

According to the AHNCC Nurse Coach Handbook, to be eligible to take the Board Certification Exam in Nurse Coaching, nurses MUST:

  • Have an unrestricted and current United States RN license.
  • Have a minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree (Bachelor’s Degree) in Nursing from an accredited academic institution (Please note: You may attend our program without possessing a BSN.)
  • Have a minimum of 2 years fulltime or a minimum of 4,000 hours in the past 5 years active RN practice.
  • Obtain 60 CNEs, accrued over the past 3 years, that include content consistent with the Nurse Coach Core Values (Professional Nurse Coach:  Scope and Competencies; Hess, Dossey, Southard, et al, 2012; and the Core Competencies as defined in the AHNCC Nurse Coach Core Essentials,
  • 60 hours experience that has been mentored, and/or supervised by a Certified Nurse Coach Supervisor.
  • Validation letter from a Certified Nurse Coach.
  • **A minimum of 10 hours of receiving personal coaching is recommended as a way obtaining learning experiences related to Core Value 5: Nurse Coach Self-Development.

About Board Certification in Nurse Coaching

For over three years the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) followed the development of the health and wellness movement and the increased interest in the nurse coach role as reported in the literature and conceptualized by a cohort of holistic nurse leaders who were practicing in various healthcare arenas, including Barbara Dossey and Susan Luck.learn-more-button

After lengthy discussions, extensive reading, and consideration of the implications for nursing, the topic was added to the AHNCC Board Meeting Agenda in February 2010. The AHNCC Board of Directors concluded that the role of Nurse Coaching, conceptualized within the precepts of holistic nursing, was important to the Profession of Nursing and AHNCC. That is, the AHNCC Board of Directors determined that Nursing should hold its space to ensure inclusion in the national consortium of healthcare providers who support delivery of care based on a coaching model, and that AHNCC was an appropriate organization to do the necessary follow-up to determine interest on the part of nurses.

AHNCC struck a collaborative relationship with the cohort of pioneering nurse coach leaders (Darlene Hess, Barbara Dossey, Mary Elaine Southard, Susan Luck, Bonney Gulino-Schaub and Linda Bark). The cohort of nurses drafted the first edition of the Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: Scope and Competencies (ANA, 2013) and AHNCC performed a needs assessment, and developed a program for certification.

To begin the extensive examination development process AHNCC drew the competencies from the literature, including the The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching and other relevant literature. Once the competencies were compiled, they were reviewed and revised multiple times. Upon completion there was agreement with the experts that the competencies identified were appropriate for the current practice of nurse coaches. AHNCC then completed a Role Delineation Study. Participants were asked to identify which competencies they practiced and evaluate how important the competency is to the practice of nurse coaching. Finally, data analyses were performed to determine which competencies were used and which were important for nurse coaching. These competencies were then used to provide a foundation for the examination which was first offered in January 2013.

Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program Overview

Part 1: INC Foundations | Part 2: INC Practicum

After completion of these 96 CE hours, all nurses with an active Nursing License, who have met the nursing practice hours requirement, and have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Nursing will qualify to take the Nurse Coach Certification Exam.  See above for additional eligibility requirements.  Please visit the AHNCC website for more information.

Coaching courses taken within 5 years of the renewal of their Holistic Nursing certification can also be submitted for the CE renewal requirement.   Please visit the AHNCC website for more information.

36 hours

  • An in-depth understanding of the Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching and the Nurse Coach Leadership Model.
  • Nurse coach competencies and their application in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Awareness and mindfulness-based coaching skills for both client empowerment and your self-care.
  • Opportunities in the rapidly expanding role of Nurse Coach in healthcare.
  • A diverse community of support and collaboration with other nurse coaches internationally.
  • Qualification to apply for Nurse Coach Board Certification through the AHNCC.
  • Supervision of client coaching including individual feedback and group supervision.
  • Peer coaching practice with other students in the course.
  • Rejuvenation and self-care in a healing and nourishing environment.

60 Hours

  • Work with an INCA Faculty Board Certified Nurse Coach as well as a peer coach and awareness practice coach to deepen your coaching skills at your own pace.