Community Health Worker
A.A.S. - Occupational Degree
This program is designed to provide students with the essential skills to become a community health worker, also known as a Promotora/o. The curriculum focuses on integration of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual while providing the philosophical foundation and technical skills required. Students will learn to build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self sufficiency through outreach, education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. Students are prepared for frontline community health work serving as liaisons between health/social services and the community.
Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of professional skills required for community health advocacy (promotores) and (2) appropriate application of skills (3) competency in communication, critical thinking, ethical decision making, and a comprehensive skill base with a foundation of the sciences (4) fundamental concepts for working effectively in the health care environment.
Describe and demonstrate effective group level or team work.
- Analyze and discuss and the root causes and consequences of health disparities on local, national and global communities.
- Research (including online research) and evaluate the quality and accuracy of health information and culturally relevant resources and services.
- Discuss and integrate healthy professional skills including ethics, scope of practice, professional boundaries, cultural humility, conflict resolution skills and self care practices.
- Conduct an initial interview or assessment with a client, applying a strength-based approach to assess needs, resources, priorities and proposed actions.
- Interpret and provide non-clinical health advising on various health topics, from a client-centered perspective.
- Demonstrate client-centered counseling drawing upon active listening skills and motivational interviewing concepts and skills.
- Prepare, implement and document a client-centered service coordination/case management/action plan including the provision of culturally appropriate referrals.
- Create and facilitate a group health education training or presentation using popular education theory and methods.
- Construct a professional resume and portfolio showcasing employability competencies and professionalism and apply job interviewing skills as part of job readiness.
Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements
The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program. For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes.
First Semester: Fall
|CHW 106||Healthy Living||3||Major Requirement|
|CHW 110||Community Health Worker Fundamentals 1||4||Major Requirement|
|CHW 120||Preparation for Field Experience||3||Major Requirement|
|ENG 101||Freshman Composition/GE||3||GE-Composition|
Second Semester: Spring
|CHW 210||Community Health Worker Fundamentals 2||3||Major Requirement|
|CHW 220||Field Experience||3||Major Requirement|
|CHW 230||Health Services||4||Major Requirement|
|ENG 102||Freshman Composition/GE||4||GE- Composition|
Third Semester: Fall
|MAT 142||College Mathematics with Applications||3||GE- Mathematics|
|ENG 281||Film Studies/GE||3||GE- Arts|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology/GE||3||GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences|
|PLS 100||Plant Science/GE||4||GE- Physical/Biological Sciences|
|CIS 120||Computer Information Systems/GE||3||GE- Additional Courses|
Fourth Semester: Spring
|PHI 220||Medical Ethics/GE||3||GE- Humanities|
|PSY 238||Human Development/GE||3||GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences|
|ENV 101||Environmental Science/GE||4||GE- Physical/Biological Sciences|
|SPC 271||Group Communication/GE||3||GE- Additional Courses|
Check the Community Health Worker program page for additional information about this degree.