Nurse Coaching Certificate Program offered by the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy | International Nurse Coach Association

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INCA’s accredited pioneering Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate that launched the global movement is now offered online – 4x per year!

Get nationally Board Certified as a Nurse Coach AND Holistic Nurse.

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A detailed look at the Integrative Nurse Coach® Certificate Program, Tips for Choosing a Nurse Coaching Program, Board Certification Options, Career Paths and so much more!


Created by Nurses, for Nurses

The Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) was developed by the founders of Nurse Coaching and has been at the forefront of the Nurse Coaching movement  for over a decade.

Our curriculum is based on a whole person model of care that addresses the physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural, and environmental aspects of health and wellbeing.

The INCCP consists of two parts: Foundations (36 hours) and Practicum (60 hours). Both parts can be taken sequentially, or you can opt to take just one!

  • Looking to implement Nurse Coaching Skills into your practice right away? Take Part 1: Integrative Nurse Coach Foundations and learn the core concepts and skills to begin practicing in just 12 weeks.

  • Do you want to sit for Board Certification in Nurse Coaching and/or Holistic Nursing? Take Part 1 and Part 2: Integrative Nurse Coach Practicum, and meet all of the requirements to sit for both exams!

Learn online with a group of like-minded nurses via interactive video calls, discussion forums, video lectures, reflective activities, written assignments, peer & client coaching, awareness practices and more!

Upon completion of the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program, you will have met all continuing education and coaching hour requirements for BOTH the Nurse Coach Board Certification (NC-BC) AND the Holistic Nurse Board Certification (HN-BC).  

During Practicum (part 2), INCCP students receive lifetime access to our board certification review platform, which includes study guides and dozens of practice questions.

INCCP graduates have a 100% pass rate on both exams!

Learn more about board certification eligibility here.


The Integrative Nurse Coach® Academy is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Our programs place a strong emphasis on cross-cultural competence. As a result, an Integrative Nurse Coach® is inherently an International Nurse Coach™.

This allows our nurse coaches to effectively and confidently work with patients from various cultural backgrounds and provide them with the necessary care that meets their unique needs and requirements.

Our courses are designed to equip nurses with the essential skills and knowledge to provide holistic care and support to patients and their families, regardless of their cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

International Nurse Coaches™ are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of providing patient-centered care in a multicultural environment.

Nurse Coach Certificate Program Dates


Integrative Nurse Coach™

Part 1 of the Integrative Nurse Coach® Certificate Program

Integrative Nurse Coach Foundations: Part One of INCCP


  • 12 weeks
  • 36 contact hours


The curriculum for the Integrative Nurse Coach Foundations is meticulously crafted and grounded in the following areas:

  • Clinical Knowledge: Incorporates comprehensive understanding of clinical practices and methodologies.
  • Practice: Employs hands-on techniques and applications within a professional healthcare setting.
  • Research: Encourages a methodical approach to investigating various medical and healthcare phenomena.
  • Evidence-Based Protocols: Utilizes research-backed methods and procedures to guide care delivery.

Key Concepts:

  • Holistic Understanding: Recognizes the totality of human existence, emphasizing the interconnectedness of various aspects of life, including Life Balance/Satisfaction, Relationships, Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, Physical/Nutrition, Weight, Environment, and Health Responsibility.
  • Cultural and Gender Perspective: Enhances the nurse’s understanding of cultural and gender dimensions, thereby encouraging a relationship-based care approach across diverse communities.
  • Global Community Focus: Extends the perspective to a broader human and global context.


  • Personal and Professional Transformation: Participating nurses undergo a life-lasting transformation in both their professional and personal lives, gaining a more profound understanding of human connection and the art of healing.
  • Framework for Integrative Therapy Delivery: Many participants find that nurse coaching equips them with the framework required to incorporate integrative therapies into their practice.
  • Community Support: There’s an active network of support available within the Nurse Coach community, fostering collaboration, encouragement, and shared learning experiences.


The Integrative Nurse Coach Foundations is an essential part of the INCCP, focusing on delivering an all-encompassing, holistic, and culturally sensitive approach to nursing. By fostering personal growth and honing professional skills, this program prepares nurses to facilitate healing, not only for their patients but for themselves. It sets a strong foundation for integrative therapy and nurtures a supportive community that extends beyond the confines of the program.

Foundations can be taken independently (without part 2, Practicum) but you will not be eligible for Holistic or Nurse Coach Board Certification, nor the bundle discount.

  • Week 1 – The Nurse Coach Role
  • Week 2 – Integrative Health & Wellness Assessment
  • Week 3 – Integrative Lifestyle Health & Wellbeing Model
  • Week 4 – Holistic Nursing Principles, Values and Ethics
  • Week 5 – Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching
  • Week 6 – Integrative Nurse Coach Skills Development
  • Week 7 – Behavioral Considerations for Goal Achievement
  • Week 8 – Implementing Coaching into Practice Settings
  • Week 9 – Integrative Nurse Coach Leadership Model
  • Week 10 – Nurse Coach Basics, Process & Practice Competencies
  • Week 11 – The Business of Nurse Coaching
  • Week 12 – Preparing for Certification

Integrative Nurse Coach™

Part 2 of the Integrative Nurse Coach® Certificate Program

Integrative Nurse Coach® Practicum

Part 2 of the Integrative Nurse Coach® Certificate Program (INCCP)
60 Hours – 16 Weeks

  • The Integrative Nurse Coach® Practicum program provides a guided experience and immersion into individual and group coaching experiences with peers and clients.
  • Coaching competencies and skills are refined through continued study, and the support from a community of learners and master nurse coaches.
  • One-to-one conversation, transcript feedback and observation by experienced nurse coach supervisors, mentors students into the possibilities of the profession of nurse coaching. The experience fosters the confidence to plan and implement group and individual coaching sessions.
  • This program provides the contact hours necessary for national board certification (HN-BC or HWNC-BC) through the American Holistic Nurse Credentialing Corporation. Achieving certification requires a committed effort of developing the skills and competencies required for national board certification.
  • With faculty guidance, each student will arrange for individual and group client coaching experiences for additional practice, transcript writ-up and feedback.
  • Students are required to review the nurse coach certification requirements to decide if they will meet standards set.

Our Faculty | Board-Certified Nurse Coach Experts

Janet Booth
  • Lecture Faculty
  • /Specialty Program Faculty
Lisa Ostler
  • Clinical Faculty
  • /Specialty Program Faculty
  • /Webinar Hosts
Barbara Dossey
  • Co-Founder
  • /Lecture Faculty

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Frequently Asked Questions

The term Nurse Coach is a newer Nursing role to describe a Registered Nurse who has devoted additional time, energy and investment into obtaining extra training, education, and practice in developing the skills and presence to provide holistic and scientific-based health and wellness coaching, beyond their original Nursing school training.

Nurse Coaches are a distinct breed of Nurses completely focused on enhancing the health and well-being of their clients, patients and communities.

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a nurse coach.

Nurse Coaches are devoted to the art of caring and the science of Nursing and healthcare.

Nurse Coaches are uniquely positioned to provide a distinct set of health and wellness coaching skills because they are committed to incorporating Nursing and healthcare-based knowledge and wisdom into all coaching interactions.

Nurse Coaches believe that even in illness, one can find a new meaning of health and thrive in it, through all stages of life.

Uniquely, Integrative Nurse Coaches use the Theory of Integrative Nurse Coaching to guide their practice.

Nurse Coaches deeply listen to uncover the stories unique to a client, and then use these stories, along with the client’s life experiences to co-create a wellness plan to fully support and honor the client’s health.

Learn more about what a nurse coach does

All registered nurses and advanced practice nurses are eligible to take the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program.

Upon completion, you will be eligible to sit for nurse coaching certification.  

Learn more about holistic nursing and nurse coaching board certification.

Absolutely! Many of our graduates have opened their own independent nurse coaching businesses.

If you need help setting up the business, we have an additional course that will help you with just that!

Check out The Business of Nurse Coaching,

To become a nurse coach, you typically need to have a current nursing license and complete a nurse coach certification program.

A nurse coach program can help you advance your nursing career by providing you with specialized skills and knowledge in coaching and patient-centered care.

Nurse coaches are in high demand in many healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and private practices.

Certification as a nurse coach can also increase your earning potential and expand your career opportunities.

Nurse Coaching Program Cost / Tuition

Take each part separately or bundle Parts 1 & 2 to SAVE $!

Flexible Payment Plans available – click “Register” and scroll to the Payment Plans section to learn more.