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Student Obligations

The courses contain video lectures, textbook readings, discussion forum groups, quizzes, reflective activities, written assignments, peer practice, peer coaching, client coaching and/ or awareness practice requirements. It is expected you will have made payment in full for the program and participated in and completed all course requirements to receive a certificate, contact hour award and/or letter of completion. 

You may not allow anyone else to access the e-training courses via your log-in details, or view or participate in the online learning along with you. The Integrative Nurse Coach Academy reserves the right to remove any student from a course whose behavior is deemed inappropriate. In these circumstances, the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy will not refund any fees nor reimburse any other costs.

Attendance Policy

Successful students will plan to access course on a regular basis to ensure appropriate participation in course activities and to meet assignments timelines.

Student Cancellation

Once you have registered for an online course, the fee is non-refundable. You have 14 days after the start of the program to transfer your enrollment one time only to the same course on an alternative date scheduled. You must make any request to transfer a course in writing, which may be sent by email to: However, you are strongly encouraged to speak with your faculty member about your situation prior to dropping the program. We are happy to assist you in your decision making and explain all options for program completion. 

Cancellation by the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy 

The Integrative Nurse Coach Academy reserves the right to cancel any course or change program start dates due to insufficient enrollment by providing notice to you at least 2 calendar days prior to the scheduled commencement date. In the event of cancellation by the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy, you may elect to receive a full refund of registration fees paid or credit toward alternative class(es). The Integrative Nurse Coach Academy does not warrant that the provision of any content online will always be available or be uninterrupted, timely or error free. However, the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy will quickly respond to program situations to address the concerns.

Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights 

All Program Materials are considered intellectual property and are owned by the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy, LLC and International Nurse Coach Association, LLC. This includes all Program Material available, including the design, graphics and text of all printed materials and the audio of all webinars and podcasts. Permission is granted for use of program materials by the Integrative Nurse Coach graduates for patient care coaching and must be used without alteration and contain the copyright information. Permission is required for any other use.  Any such use without permission is strictly prohibited and will constitute an infringement of Integrative Nurse Coach Academy, LLC and International Nurse Coach Association, LLC’s intellectual property rights. 

Our Guarantee to You 

Your satisfaction is our priority and we will provide a continuous check on the consistency and quality of program delivery. All students will receive an occasional survey and at the end of each class asked to submit feedback in the form of a program evaluation. This feedback will be reviewed in detail and will be used to make continuous improvements to class content and delivery.


What will I learn? The program’s curriculum is grounded in clinical knowledge, practice, research, and evidence-based protocols. The foundation of our program includes the Theory of Integrative Nursing (TINC), the Integrative Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing Model (ILHWBM) that includes nutritional and environmental coaching, and Awareness and Choice practices for motivating behavioral change. The faculty has also designed and validated the Integrative Health and Wellness Assessment Tool™ for use in clinical practice and research. INCCP was created to address the needs of professional nurses who are seeking to deepen their scope of practice into health and wellness topics and expand their nursing role into new career opportunities. Nurses, as licensed professionals, have unique skills and experience that  enhance their knowledge and abilities in health and wellness coaching. Guidelines, standards, and competencies related to professional Nurse Coaching are addressed.
INCA’s founders are the pioneers of Nurse Coaching and conceptualized and actualized the model (not to mention wrote the award-winning textbook!). We provide Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners with a powerful, holistic, innovative, and in-depth Integrative Nurse Coaching education that fully embraces the richness of what they bring to this role. Our faculty members are Integrative Nurse Coach experts, leaders and pioneers in the growing integrative health and wellness field of nurse coaching. They have been instrumental in moving Nurse Coach Board Certification forward, and lecture worldwide on environmental health, nutrition, and global nursing. At the completion of Part 1: Foundations AND Part 2: Practicum, you will join our graduate Integrative Nurse Coaches with the option to sit for two board certification exams (Holistic Nursing and Nurse Coaching) through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Note: if you do not wish to take the full program, you can take either part as a standalone!
Yes! The entire Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program is 96 continuing education hours and is broken down as follows:
  • Part 1- Integrative Nurse Coach Foundations: 36 Contact Hours
  • Part 2- Integrative Nurse Coach Practicum: 60 Contact Hours
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The online Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program format provides a variety of learning strategies to meet the needs of adult learners. Video lectures and Role Play Demonstrations by Nurse Coach Experts and the leaders in the field of Nurse Coaching provides superior quality of knowledge and example sharing. Online Discussion Groups and Web Conferencing sessions establishes a community of learning, support, and interaction that deepens your long term connection to each other and your mentors. Current Resources are shared such as research articles and textbook readings. Written Transcripts and Quizzes will validate your growth. Peer to Peer Coaching Practice and real Client Coaching leads to mastery of skills. Supervisory Group web conferencing with Faculty and written transcript feedback assures the personal connection to content and faculty. Our faculty work individually with students and in small groups throughout the program offering a “hands on” personalized approach.
The Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program – Online is perfect for the adult learner!
  • Autonomy– Modules are assigned on a weekly basis providing flexibility and sense of control and self-direction.
  • Goal-Oriented– Dedicated Nurse Coach Experts supervise and support nurses to reach the goals they have envisioned.
  • Practical– Knowledge and experiences are focused on the growth of the nurse in new directions that can be applied to your current nursing practice or expanded into new career opportunities.
  • Competence and Mastery– We believe practice makes perfect. Opportunities to work with course colleagues on skill development and Nurse Coach Expert Faculty to oversee your mastery accomplishments to ensure a transformational experience.
Yes! We have multiple payment plan options!
  1. On all of our programs, pay a 25% down payment and split the balance over the next 3-6 months! This offer has a 3% surcharge on tuition.
  2. Apply for PayPal Credit and get six months interest free financing and NO fee. Subject to credit approval by PayPal.
Contact for more information on either option!
Absolutely! The INCA community has expanded across the globe to include 48 states in the U.S. and 15 countries. Our intention is to support a continuing connection between nurse coaches and with the INCA organization. You also will have ongoing access to our Alumni portal if you take the full INCCP! In addition, Advanced and Master Nurse Coach Courses are planned as an onsite experience. Self-Care of the Nurse is our priority!
The only additional program costs are textbooks! If you are taking Part II: The Integrative Nurse Coach Practicum and plan to sit for certification, you will need this book also. You will also need (and likely already have):
  • Headset (ear buds with microphone) to reduce noise feedback in live online sessions.
  • Journal for reflective writing or access to a computer document program (Word, Google Docs.)
  • Internet capable of video streaming.
There are 2 textbooks that you will need to order.
  • Dossey, B.M., Luck, S., & Schaub, B. G. (2015). Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing. International Nurse Coach Association: North Miami, Fla. Order online through Amazon.
  • If you are taking Part II: The Integrative Nurse Coach Practicum and plan to sit for certification, you will need this book also. Hess, D. R. & Dossey, B., & Southard, M.E. & Luck, S., Schaub, B. G., & Bark, L. (2013). The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: The Provider’s Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies. Silver Springs: MD.
We hear you! The program is completed at your own pace at times that work best for you. When the program begins, we will split participants into small groups of 8-10 people (largely based off of time zone), with a dedicated and experienced board-certified Nurse Coach faculty supervisor.  Every other week, your small group will meet online via web conference/live sessions at a time that works best for as many people in the group as possible (i.e., you all vote on a time that works best!). While attendance at these live sessions is required, they will also be recorded. If there is an extreme circumstance and you can’t make it, just let your supervisor know and they will give you and alternate assignment.
After completion of our Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (96 contact hours) (Part 1: Integrative Nurse Coach Foundations (36 contact hours) and Part 2: Integrative Nurse Coach Practicum (60 contact hours)) all nurses who meet licensing, practice and educational requirements will qualify to take the Nurse Coach Certification Exam AND the Holistic Nurse Certification Exam. More info on board certification
Both Holistic Nursing and Nurse Coaching’s philosophy of practice is to care for the person as a integrated, holistic human being, inseparable and integral with the environment. Holistic Nursing provides the holistic philosophy of practice whereas, Integrative Nurse Coaching provides an operational framework model. Nurse coaching provides a skilled, purposeful, results-oriented, and structured relationship-based communication method. Nurse Coaching is the functional role for Holistic Nursing. Both Holistic Nursing and Integrative Nurse Coaching is universal in nature and may be practiced with any population in any clinical setting, community, private practice, hospital, educational institution, or research foundation.
The priority of all coaches is to facilitate behavioral change that corresponds to a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. A main difference between Integrative Nurse Coaches and Wellness Coaches is that nurses bring a different level of education, training, and experience to the relationship. Nurse Coaches are not only capable of working with clients to establish an optimal level of living but facilitate clients to overcome barriers that lead to establishing improved long-term health outcomes. Integrative Nurse Coaches use complementary and reflective modalities in their sessions with clients and establish individualized health plans. Some examples of the dimensions that Integrative Nurse Coaches work in:
  • Life Balance and Satisfaction- lifestyle changes for wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Spiritual
  • Mental and Emotional – stress management
  • Physical – exercise and weight management
  • Healthy nutrition choices
  • Environmental awareness
  • Health Responsibility – managing chronic conditions
  • Lifestyle change for habitual habits
This program will give you a working understanding of the endocannabinoid system — the master regulating system of all the other systems in the body.1 It is built upon the scope and standards of practice for all nurses, set out by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing2 in 2018. Cannabis nurses are needed in all specialities since patients of all types are currently using cannabis (medicinally or otherwise). It has been estimated that 52% of American adults have tried cannabis at least once in their lives and 8,300 new people try cannabis daily. Those number is growing as more states move toward decriminalization/ legalization.  The main goal of this course is to prepare you for clinical practice (in any setting) with medical cannabis patients. You will gain a working understanding of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), evidence-based practice with medical cannabis (including terpenes, cannabinoids including CBD/ THC and more, the evidence for specific conditions, current cannabis research, adverse reactions and contraindications, etc.), social issues relating to cannabis, and holistic and lifestyle medicine interventions to balance the ECS with or without cannabis. Upon successful completion, you may choose to call yourself a cannabis nurse and work in the practice setting of your choice. For some, this will be as a nurse coach/ consultant/ entrepreneur, for others this may be part of their bedside nursing or other clinical practice. Others may go forward in the fields of advocacy, education, or legislation. Cannabis nursing is not an either/or with regards to other specialty areas; all nurses should have a working knowledge of the ECS and cannabis. For nurses with a coaching, consulting, or other entrepreneurial practice, upon successful completion of the program, you may choose to become a CannyNurse™️ registered practitioner for an annual licensing fee.
  1. VanDolah, H. J., Bauer, B. A., & Mauck, K. F. (2019). Clinicians’ Guide to Cannabidiol and Hemp Oils. Mayo Clinic proceedings, 94(9), 1840–1851.
  2. The NCSBN National Nursing Guidelines for Medical Marijuana. (2018). Journal of Nursing Regulation, 9(2), S1–S60.
  • Medical Cannabis is not an FDA-approved drug, so it does not get prescribed. If you are an Advance Practice Nurse with current prescriptive authority, you may be able to recommend medical cannabis (or certify patients to use medical cannabis) depending on your practice jurisdiction. Please verify this with your state board of nursing or other certifying body before registering for this course.
  • You can also view state cannabis laws here.
  • This program is 50 CEUs divided over the course of 12 weeks. This course was designed with working nurses in mind, so you should expect to spend around 4 hours per week on your coursework. Due dates for assignments will be clearly explained in each module, but you will not be required to attend any class at a specific time.
  • Beyond assignment due dates, your timed open book final exam will be open over a specific period of time (i.e. 72 hours), during which you may retake the test if you do not pass it the first time.
  • Classes will be conducted via pre-recorded training modules, reading assignments, reflective journaling, case studies, quizzes, and a final exam (timed, open book). This allows you the greatest flexibility in learning the materials on your own schedule. Your instructor (Ariana Ayu, RN, MSc) will be available via email and office hours (video conferencing) to answer questions and otherwise assist you in mastering the evidence-based materials presented.
  • Yes. There is one required textbook which can be purchased as an ebook or paperback for $50-60.
  • Additionally, if, at the end of the program, you choose to become a registered CannyNurse™️, there will be an annual fee to license the CannyNurse™️ brand and use the done-for-you educational, marketing, and client materials. This is optional; more information on this will be shared during the course. If you choose not be become a registered practitioner, you will receive the same education, but you will not be able to call yourself a CannyNurse™️, use the CannyNurse™️ brand, be listed in the CannyNurse™️ practitioner directory, or use our proprietary forms and materials.
We use CanvasLMS as our learning platform, which is used by major universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. Navigating any new platform can be a bit intimidating at first, regardless of level of technological savvy, but after the first week or two, it all becomes second nature. We also offer tech support appointments where we can do a screen share and help you with anything you need. If you are signing up for the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program, you’ll also receive a Google Workspace for Education email address to use indefinitely!
The course is a mix of pre-recorded weekly lectures, discussion forum posts, peer coaching sessions (in foundations) to start practicing what you learned (you are paired with a nurse in the program and you schedule your peer coaching sessions online using the platform), and supervision meetings (in Foundations, these are every other week for 1.5 hours. In practicum, these are every 3 weeks for 2 hours).
The supervision groups are formed around 3-4 weeks before the program begins.  We send out a sign up form to all registrants with the times available.
For example, in a recent cohort, we had 5 small groups of 10.
Group A meets Mondays at 7PM EST
Group B meets Tuesdays at 8PM EST
Group C meets Tuesdays at 3PM EST
Group D meets Thursday at 9PM EST
Group E meets Wednesdays at 7PM EST
(While these won’t be the exact groups for your cohort, you can expect something similar!)
Groups meet 6 times every OTHER week in FOUNDATIONS for 1.5 hours
Groups meet 6 times every THREE weeks in PRACTICUM for 2 hours
Supervision groups are formed around 3-4 weeks before Foundations begins and consist of approximately 10 nurses, led by an expert board certified Nurse Coach faculty member.
We send out a sign up form to all registrants with the times available.
For example, in a recent cohort, we had 5 small groups of 10.
Group A meets Mondays at 7PM EST
Group B meets Tuesdays at 8PM EST
Group C meets Tuesdays at 3PM EST
Group D meets Thursday at 9PM EST
Group E meets Wednesdays at 7PM EST
(While these won’t be the exact groups for your cohort, you can expect something similar!)
Groups meet 6 times every OTHER week in FOUNDATIONS for 1.5 hours
Groups meet 6 times every THREE weeks in PRACTICUM for 2 hours
The number of nurses in each cohort truly varies! But what doesn’t vary is the following – you are assigned to a small supervision group (approximately 10 students per group) led by a Clinical Faculty board certified nurse coach supervisor So, a cohort could have 5 small groups, which would be roughly 50 nurses, or 3 small groups, which would be roughly 30 nurses.  Either way, your primary interaction is with your small group of approximately 10 + supervisor.
After completion of our Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (96 contact hours) (Part 1: Integrative Nurse Coach Foundations (36 contact hours) and Part 2: Integrative Nurse Coach Practicum (60 contact hours)) all nurses who meet licensing, practice and educational requirements will qualify to take the Nurse Coach Certification Exam AND the Holistic Nurse Certification Exam.
This course is open to nurses with a valid license (LPN/ LVN, RN, APRN) from your state/ country of practice. It is important knowledge for all nurses since the endocannabinoid system is the master regulator of all other body systems. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) established the scope and standards of practice in 2018, which states, “Nurses need practical information to care for the increasing number of patients who utilize cannabis via an MMP as well as the larger population who self-administer cannabis as a treatment for various symptomatology or for recreational purposes.” In their 2018 National Nursing Guidelines for Medical Marijuana, the NCSBN listed the following Six Principles of Essential Knowledge for All Nurses:
    1. The nurse shall have a working knowledge of the current state of legalization of medical and recreational cannabis use. 
    2. The nurse shall have a working knowledge of the jurisdiction’s MMP. 
    3. The nurse shall have an understanding of the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid receptors, cannabinoids, and the interactions between them. 
    4. The nurse shall have an understanding of cannabis pharmacology and the research associated with the medical use of cannabis. 
    5. The nurse shall be able to identify the safety considerations for patient use of cannabis. 
    6. The nurse shall approach the patient without judgment regarding the patient’s choice of treatment or preferences in managing pain and other distressing symptoms.
The HeartMath Resilience Advantage for Nurses workshop is 90 minutes weekly for 8 weeks is taught by HeartMath Master Trainers for your personal development and does not license you to teach others. You will receive the HeartMath tools to help you transform your stress into more resilience and apply that to your personal and professional life. You will receive HeartMath’s Inner Balance Sensor technology tool. This workshop provides 14 CE credits for nursing and provides the prerequisites needed to attend the certification course. The HeartMath Resilience Advantage Trainer Certification is a 4 day intensive with preparatory work including videos and a teachers guide. This course certifies the participant to teach the HeartMath tools of the Resilience Advantage Workshop in organizations. Certified HeartMath trainers receive an independent license to be able to teach the intellectual property of HeartMath and also make a profit from the workshops. The certification also provides 32 CE credits for nursing.
You can use all of the HeartMath tools to benefit your personal stress and resilience in all contexts of life.
  • If you only take the HeartMath Resilience Advantage for Nurses workshop, you will be able to use the tools in all areas of your own life, which will also positively affect others around you. You will also be given permission to share 1 of the core techniques, Quick Coherence (which is open source) to everyone you meet (nurse huddles, as a coach, safety huddles, team meetings, family dinners, etc). However, you won’t be able to teach by permission or with confidence the other 7 tools and accompanying science and evidence base without going through the full certification.
  • With the HeartMath Resilience Advantage Trainer Certification you can formally teach 8 of the HeartMath core tools within all contexts (education, coaching, family members, etc) and also have the permission to charge for those services if needed. You can also include on your credentials HMCT (HeartMath Certified Trainer).
Yes! Select case studies will be discussed from the over 250 peer reviewed research papers published by HeartMath, as well as the new emerging science yet to be published. Students will also be directed to our full research library for self study. HeartMath has been doing research for over 25 years, and we will carefully select the relevant research that will most apply to the needs of INCA’s membership and the interests of the group that gathers.
For both the Resilience Advantage for Nurses and the Heartmath Certification, you will need:
  • Access to a computer with reliable internet and Zoom.
  • To utilize the gift of technology, you will need a smart phone (either iOS or android). If you do not have a smart phone, that is ok… the techniques still are what make the shift for you. The technology is just a great mirror.
  • The willingness to set aside at least 3-5 minutes / day to practice.
For HeartMath Resilience Advantage for Personal Care Workshop students will receive: HeartMath’s Inner Balance Sensor – BTLE (BlueTooth Low Energy) . This is a wireless sensor that pairs with either your iphone or android. It uses an infrared light to gather Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data and display it in a meaningful way on your smartphone. We will be using 2 apps as part of the learning environment: Inner Balance and Global Coherence, both downloadable for free. You will use this sensor in the Certification program too. Imagine the power of visually seeing yourself shift into a state of coherence!
When we cultivate coherence (physiologically, mentall and emotionally) in our lives, it sets us up to be in a highly energy efficient and effective state. This means we have the capacity to build energy, reduce stress and cultivate more resilience. When a system has more energy, it can be a neutral facilitator to any outcome that is meaningful to you. If you are needing health related facilitation, there are many studies that show the benefits to blood pressure, diabetes, weight imbalance, nervous and hormonal system function, metabolic syndrome, PTSD, TBI, etc. If you are needing more mental clarity for cognitive executive function and decision making, research shows how heart rhythm coherence facilitates brain function and our capacity to activate more of our intelligence to any situation needing more clarity. If you are needing more harmony in your relationships, both personal, team or patient related, for deeper understanding of the relational dynamics and how to be more of a coherent presence in chaos to optimize the conditions for healing, the heart’s electromagnetic field can support you when coherent. Essentially whatever you focus on, with more coherence, can benefit.
With INCA:
  • You will learn the HeartMath tools specifically within the context of nursing, the healing professions, and applied with sensitivity to the unique stress and trauma of nursing and the patients we serve.
  • HeartMath corresponds to the framework of the INCA Integrative Nurse Coach model.
  • You receive a significant discount through the INCA partnership.
  • The HeartMath Resilience Advantage Trainer Certification program is more streamlined, 4 days instead of 5, based on having a specific focus of care vs. holding multiple interests.
  • The course is provided within your own community of like minded and hearted individuals who are uniquely here to care for ourselves, each other and the patients we serve together.

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