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Community Health Worker Certificate

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Community Health Workers (CHWs) work with individuals and groups to promote health knowledge and self-sufficiency through outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. The Certificate of Achievement prepares students for an entry-level position as Community Health Worker (level 1). Other position titles include: Promotore • Patient Navigator • Patient Advocate • Health Navigator • Health Ambassador • Lifestyle Coach • Community Advocate and others. 

There are two ways to become a Community Health Worker. Students who ONLY want to complete the CHW certificate follow option 1 below. Students who are already working on a certificate or degree in Medical Assisting only need to complete two additional courses for the CHW certificate (option 2). 

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER (Certificate of Achievement only)

1. COMMUNITY OUTREACH OPTION – SUGGESTED ORDER OF COURSES:

SPRING or FALL

SUMMER or SPRING

*MEDA 100 (1)

Introduction to Health Careers

AV: eligibility for ENGL 1A

COOP 91.20 (2)

CHW Internship, 120 hours (unpaid) or 150 hours (paid); placement based on availability

* MEDA 101 (3)

Law, Ethics and IT Security

AV: eligibility for ENGL 1A

 

*HLTH 4 (3)

Healthy Living

MEDA 251 (3)

Community Health Worker Level 1

 

 

SPCH 4 (3)

Intercultural Communications

 

 

HUMS 53 (3)

Introduction to Counseling

 

 

 

13 UNITS

5 UNITS

 

COMMENTS:

*Courses with an asterisk are available online

Check semester schedules for course offerings. Check the catalog for additional program information and requirements.

2. MEDICAL ASSISTING OPTION:

MA students must complete MEDA 100, MEDA 110, MEDA 112, MEDA 114, MEDA 120, MEDA 121 (see suggested order of courses for Medical Assisting), PLUS: HUMS 53, COOP 91.20