The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc., provides a full online program of continuing education courses which when completed, qualifies for participants to apply for and receive Certification as a Certified Health Care Life Coach.
To meet the requirements for Certification, all of the defined five (5) continuing education courses (205 hours of education) provided below, must be successfully completed. All of the courses are continuing education courses and are provided in online classrooms. The courses are designed as independent study courses with faculty mentoring as needed. Each course has a comprehensive final examination. Upon successful completion of all of the courses in the curriculum, you may apply for and receive the Health Care Life Coach Certification. To preview all information on the Certification program, access here.
CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM/COURSES
Below are listed the required courses for this curriculum. At the end of each course description you will find the course cost listed. All textbooks and learning materials are separate and not included in the course cost.
The following CE Courses have provider approvals: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595.
The following CE Courses have provider approvals: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida State Board of Nursing Provider # 50-11975.
OTHER STATE BOARDS OF NURSING
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The following two courses in this curriculum: LC 500: Life Coaching for Nutrition I and LC 510: Life Coaching for Nutrition II, also have the following Nursing Board Approval: is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by District of Columbia Board of Nursing, CE Provider # 50-11975.
LC 420 – Coaching, Mentoring & Consulting
This course is broken down into three parts. The first explores how coaching applies to the work setting. Properly used it can help reinvent an organization promoting superior performances from all employees. Strategies, techniques, approaches and perspectives are examined to help the student navigate the workplace whether they are either in a supervisor or a front-line role. The second part examines goals, roadblocks and creative thinking as part of the coaching process and relationship. Ways of gaining self-knowledge, taking action, giving feedback, gaining support, having influence and learning as part of the coach/client relationship are explored. The final part examines how counselor, therapist, coach or other helping professional can most effectively deal with colleagues, coworkers and other professionals as they bring their own experience, knowledge and background into a consulting relationship. Emphasis is on the ways and means of consulting in a way that gets heard and leads to action. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 45 contact hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: LC 420. Course Cost: $175.00
LC 425 – Health & Life Coaching I
The Life and Health Coaching I course first explores how Cognitive Behavioral plays in the coaching practice. Specifically dealing with troublesome emotions, becoming assertive, developing persistence, overcoming procrastination, developing resilience, and taking risks and making better decisions. Through the use of case examples, the evidence-based cognitive behavioral coaching approach helps the student learn how to help clients tackle problems and enhance personal development. Health and Life Coaching is one part art and one part science helping others to achieve sustained health and wellness goals. An integrative wellness approach includes mind-body tools, meditation, yoga, guided imagery, movement, sound healing and complementary and alternative healing modalities. The second book offers such step-by-step approach to health coaching methodology, along with integrative wellness principles, theoretical frameworks, evidence-based models, coaching session formats and practice tools. If offers both the coach and client a wellness approach to coaching a journey of self-discovery. Course Code: LC 425. Contact hours of education: 30 hours. Course Fee: $ 150.00
LC 430 – Health & Life Coaching II
The Life and Health Coaching II course begins with the principles of Motivational Interviewing including showing empathy, identifying discrepancies, the role of resistance, assisting self-efficacy, and validating and affirming “change talk”. Techniques embodied in the spirit of MI of asking open-ended questions, avoiding asking “why”, using scaling, avoiding being and expert are also covered. Coaching models are described including creating an effective coaching relationship, the power of listening and asking questions. Students will: learning how to gauge comprehend and apply the content by reflecting on personal experiences within the context coaching; using the sample dialogues to see real-world examples of coaching situations and strategies, and; learning how to apply the ICF 11 core competencies and prepare for certification in the profession of coaching. Course Code: LC 430. Contact hours of education: 30 hours. Course Fee: $ 150.00
LC 500 – Life Coaching For Nutrition I
This course presents a comprehensive study of contemporary learning in nutrition. It is designed for health professionals who educate clients in the course of their practices. Students acquire an in depth knowledge of nutrition including science and application to healthy living. Preventative health is emphasized related to all aspects of sound nutrition. The most common disease states related to poor nutrition are examined. Students will also study sound recommendations for nutrition support for clients coping with chronic disease. Physiology and related science are examined relative to bodily processes as applied to nutrients. Students will have a broad knowledge base of nutrition science and application in which to provide in depth coaching sessions with their clients. This course also provides students with downloadable resources that can be used by professional Health Care Life Coaches with clients in actual professional practice. Course Code: LC 500. Contact hours of education: 50 hours. Course Fee: $ 200.00
LC 510 – Life Coaching For Nutrition II
This course continues in the study of contemporary nutrition. Students will continue to study science and physiology related to sound nutrition for good health. Various disease states will be examined as related to nutrition. Topics to be examined include; bone health, energy metabolism and blood health, obesity & healthy body weight, physical activity, eating disorders, food safety, global nutrition and nutrition through the life cycle. Students will examine current issues related to childhood obesity and nutrition for older adults. Case study for application are also examined. This course prepares students to work with a solid foundation of knowledge and apply this knowledge to client teaching and health life coaching. This course also provides students with downloadable resources that can be used by professional Health Care Life Coaches with clients in actual professional practice. Course Code: LC 510. Contact hours of education: 50 hours. Course Fee: $200.00
- Prerequisite to enter this education program are that all applicants must meet at least one of the following:
- A registered nurse currently licensed to practice nursing
- A licensed social worker
- A health care licensed professional
- A health care provider with a minimum of an associate degree
- A licensed counselor or psychologist
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in psychology, human services, or other health related field
- A certified professional in holistic / integrative health care
- A health care educator
- A health care case manager
- A certified life coach
- All courses are continuing education courses and are provided in online classrooms via our website. Upon enrollment a unique identification and password is provided for classroom access. The online classrooms provide full syllabi and course information, including the course exams and evaluations. Students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on the course examination to pass the continuing education courses.
- Participants are given two (2) years from the date of enrollment into the first course, to complete the entire program of five (5) continuing education courses.
- Upon completion of each course, you will be awarded the corresponding continuing education contact hours and receive the CE certificate verifying course completion and the award of education credits. Registration may be completed online, by accessing the links below.
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What is Certification?
“A certification is a third-party attestation of an individual’s level of knowledge or proficiency in a certain industry or profession. They are granted by authorities in the field, such as professional societies and universities, or by private certificate-granting agencies. Most certifications are time-limited; some expire after a period of time (e.g., the lifetime of a product that required certification for use), while others can be renewed indefinitely as long as certain requirements are met. Renewal usually requires ongoing education to remain up-to-date on advancements in the field, evidenced by earning the specified number of continuing education credits (CECs), or continuing education units (CE’s), from approved professional development courses. “ 1
Certification is an official recognition from a “Professional Organization” that one has met all of the established standards as determined by that professional organization to be conferred the specific “certification” by that professional organization. Certifications are most frequently established and conferred by “professional organizations.” Certification is thus a validation that a professional has thus achieved a high standard of knowledge, learning and skills in a specific specialty area of practice. It attests to an achievement in professional practice that is beyond that achieved for licensure. It is also specialty practice specific, rather than generic in nature.
Certification is distinctly different from ‘licensing.” Licensure is conferred /granted by the Government. In most all cases, licensure is the responsibility of the State Government. Every state has its own government agencies that oversee and confer licensure to professionals, i.e. the state boards of nursing. Licensure is established by “laws” and then specific rules and regulations which conform to the tenets of the state’s laws. Licensure is granted and over-seen by state agencies. Certification, on the other hand, is NOT licensure and is not established by any “laws.” Licensing agencies generally do not “oversee” professional certifications, unless their specific laws mandate a certain professional certification, in order to practice. An example of this would be: for a registered nurse to receive and be conferred a license as a “Nurse Practitioner” most states require that the RN also have Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. So, in order to be licensed as a nurse practitioner, the nurse must hold certification from one of those two professional organizations. The State Board of Nursing does not oversee the certification, but rather requires it for nurse practitioner license.
Why Achieve a Certification?
“Professional certification shows consumers and potential employers that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained. It gives them confidence in your abilities and knowledge. Certification makes you more valuable to employers, so you can expect to earn more than someone without certification. Certification also offers advancement opportunities.” 2 Other compelling reasons to consider a specialty practice certification include: Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in a sub-specialty health care practice: 1) Achieve national recognition for attainment of knowledge and skills by meeting established standards of professional advanced practice, 2). Enhance and expand your health care practice, 3). Increase your marketability, 4). Be viewed as a credentialed expert in your practice specialty, and 5). Become part of a professional group and network of recognized and certified health care specialists.
Report findings published on Nurse.com revealed the following regarding Nurses that held certifications: 1). Certified nurses make more money, 2). Certified nurses have respect and recognition, 3). Certified nurses have validated competence in their specialty area, 4). Certified nurses are more marketable and hireable, 5). Certified nurses perceive they have more power in their organizations, 6). Certified nurses have more professional opportunities, 7). Certified nurses have standing among their professional peers, and 8). Certified nurses are more confident. 3
While these study finds were specific to the nursing profession, we believe such benefits are applicable to all health care professionals who hold practice specialty certifications, especially related to recognition, opportunities in employment and validated competency in their practices.
A major hallmark of quality Certification programs is the mandate that Certified Members commit to continued learning in order to maintain their certifications. This is most generally achieved by requiring a recertification process in which certified member’s document continued learning in their practice specialty by way of continuing education. Certifying bodies will establish quality standards for the requirements for its certified members to achieve contact hours of continuing education credits in order to maintain their certification status by the organization or association. 1, 2
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals upholds this high quality standard for recertification of its members by an established program of recertification via mandatory continuing education as well as clinical practice hours over a four-year time frame. Certified members may recertify their status upon meeting the standards established for recertification of their practice specialties.
The AIHCP CE Model for Certification
The Model for Certification at the American Institute of Health Care Professionals is one based on a core curriculum of focused Continuing Education (CE) Courses. We feel strongly that the conferral of a professional certification requires the attainment of current knowledge and skills in a specialty practice and those who achieve certification should all have the same educational achievements and knowledge/skill base. We insure this by modeling our Certification programs on student’s achievements in a strong curriculum of continuing education in order to achieve our professional Certifications.
Why is continuing education important as a foundation of our model? There are several reasons why continuing education is important for health care professionals. First, it helps them keep up with the latest advances in their field. Second, it helps them maintain their skills and knowledge. Third, it helps them stay current with changes in the healthcare industry. Fourth, it helps them meet their licensure requirements. Finally, it helps them improve their patient care skills. With the rapid pace of change in the medical world, it is essential for health care professionals to keep abreast of new developments in order to provide the best possible care for their patients.
Another reason that we proposed continuing education courses as the foundation of our Certification model is that the benefits of continuing education courses are numerous. For one, they can keep you abreast of the latest developments in your field, which can be beneficial both professionally and personally. Additionally, they can help you network with other professionals in your field, which can lead to new opportunities. Finally, continuing education courses can simply be enjoyable and enriching, providing student candidates with a chance to learn new things and explore different topics.
Our model consists of several types of continuing education courses. Many of our CE courses are self-directed and self-paced with faculty-mentoring as required by the student candidates. Students utilize text books for the course and very often supplemental learning materials such as course handouts, articles and videos. Other types of courses we have include online video on demand lectures courses that provide for printable copies of the slides used in the videos.
All of our CE courses have examinations that must be successfully completed in order for students to receive credit for the courses and also receive a CE Course Certificate. Most all of the examinations on taken right online with a computerized system and are objective-type questions such as multiple choice and true/false questions. Students take the examination online and once completed receive immediate feedback of their examination score and the questions they may have missed including what the correct responses are to missed questions. Students must complete a comprehensive online course evaluation in order to receive their CE Course Certificate. Students may communicate with their course instructors regarding any questions they have about the examination both pre and post-test taking.
All of our CE Courses are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. We are an accredited provider of continuing education for the California Board of Registered Nursing. For many of our CE Courses we also have Board of Nursing Approval by the Florida Board of Nursing and the DC Board of Nursing. As well we are a Rule Approved Provider for CE by the following Boards of Nursing: Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and New Mexico. The AIHCP is also an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board. Our core Grief Counseling Courses are also co-sponsored by AMEDCO which is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team and thus has American Psychological Association (APA) approval for these courses.
Upon successful completion of our CE Courses, our student candidates receive a full-sized Course CE Certificate with the full name of the course, date of completion, number of earned contact hours as well as all Board and Organizational approvals for the course. As our student candidates are generally health care professionals they have the added benefit of being able to use their earned CE Course contact hours for their State re-licensing CE requirements and many can use them for their CE requirements for recertifications in other professionals organizations.
Our foundational model of CE for Certification is also based on the importance to stay current in the health care field as changes in technology and treatments occur rapidly. As a health care professional, you need to be able to provide the best possible care for your patients. Staying current also allows you to keep up with the latest guidelines and standards of care. Additionally, new research is constantly emerging that can impact patient care.
In conclusion, our foundational model of continuing education courses for certification for health care professionals is important in order to keep up with the latest advancements in health care. They also help to refresh and update the skills of those who have been working in the field for many years. All of our courses can be taken online and are self-paced for the student candidate’s easy of self-paced learning and many employers offer financial assistance to employees who enter our programs.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_certification October 2018. Page 1.
- https://www.collegetransfer.net/AskCT/WhatisProfessionalCertification/ October 2018
- https://www.nurse.com/blog/2018/03/14/enjoy-the-perks-of-nurse-certification/ October 2018