Plan of Study

The CIINDE Comprehensive Holistic Nurse, Nurse Coach & Consultant Certificate Program

The Comprehensive Holistic Nurse, Nurse Coach & Consultant Certificate Program will be offered virtually, and is a semi-structured program, which allows flexibility for the learner. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive 135 continuing education credits and a TheCIINDE© Certified Holistic Nurse, Nurse Coach & Consultant (CCHNC-C) certificate. Graduates of the program are also eligible to apply to write the Board Certification Exams in both Holistic Nursing and Nurse Coaching through The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.

The classroom portal opens a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the course start date. The program is designed to be completed in 6–10 months. It consists of 11 classes plus 2 coaching collaborative days. All classes are recorded for those that cannot attend a class. Virtual classes are held during the first 6 months of the program. During this time there is a strong focus on transformative activities that promote trauma-sensitive care and awareness, self-awareness, self-development, self-care responsibility, and resiliency. Students will also practice nurse coaching skills with their peers and in a group setting.

Following the completion of virtual classes, students have up to an additional 4 months to complete the required coaching hours, which will include pro bono clients of the student’s choice. Nurses applying through Nova Scotia Health will be offered additional support during this time to explore nurse coaching skills in a managerial and/or leadership role, including group coaching. Note: this will include additional coaching collaboratives days to allow for dialogue and practice (during the final 6 months of the program).

Weekly Commitment

  • 3 hours in class during the first 6 months
  • Approximately 6 hours for reading and activities

Although there are typically no classes during the final 4 months, there will be coaching collaborative sessions.

Class Dates and Times

Classes are held on Mondays from 1300 to 1600 AST, with the exception of the two separate Coaching Collaborative days which are held from 1230 to 1730 AST.

The class schedule is as follows:

  • Class 1: October 16, 2023
  • Class 2: October 23, 2023
  • Class 3: October 30, 2023
  • Coaching Collaborative 1: November 6, 2023 (0930-1430 MST / 1230-1730 AST)
  • Class 4: November 13, 2023
  • Class 5: November 20, 2023
  • Class 6: November 27, 2023
  • Coaching Collaborative 2: December 4, 2023 (0930-1430 MST / 1230-1730 AST)
  • Class 7: December 11, 2023
  • Class 8: January 8, 2024
  • Class 9: January 15, 2024
  • Class 10: January 22, 2024
  • Class 11: February 5, 2024

As indicated above, TheCIINDE© will be piloting two additional training days during the final 6 months of the program. Dates and times to be determined.

Students have access to the program for 1 year following the completion of the live class component of the program.

The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.