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Community Health Worker Certificate

Pursue many career paths, such as health advocate, community health representative, health promoter/educator, and community health advisor.

Program Overview

Community Health Workers strive to improve the health of individuals and communities. They provide health education, assist with accessing health care services, and develop assessments to plan patient health improvement and basic health care coordination. If you would like to combine working with clients and performing administrative functions in diverse settings, this program is for you.

At iHealth@NECC, the Community Health Worker Certificate includes classroom theory and field work to prepare you for health education activities, including providing health care referrals, collecting statistics, and coordinating care as needed for clients.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program you may be eligible to pursue many career paths, such as community health worker, health promoter/educator, community health advisor, and health insurance navigator. Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills, professional characteristics, and core competencies reflective of the Community Health Worker. Job prospects are good and are expected to grow faster than average.

Program Requirements

Students who attend the Community Health Worker evening program through iHealth@NECC will complete most of their coursework online and come to the Lawrence Campus one or two evenings per week for in-class meetings.

The program outlines course work in general education and community health courses. Graduates from this program will demonstrate core competencies of communication, health education, care coordination, community assessment, and professional skills and conduct.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all required courses in order to graduate. A minimum of 27-credit hours are required for the certificate.


Students are required to be CPR certified at the Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of CHW190 Community Health Worker Practicum.

Drug Screening

Students enrolled in this academic program may be required to pass a drug screening analysis.

Student Professional Liability Insurance

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid
at the time of course registration.


Students interested in participating in this program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check, and/or a Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit visit the CORI/SORI/CHRI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

Required Courses

Community Health Worker Certificate Required Courses
Course # Course Name Credits Comments
CHW100 Personal Health and Wellness 3 Co-requisite: ENG101 English Composition I
CHW101 Introduction to Public Health 3 Prerequisite: ENG101 English Composition I Minimum Grade of: C
CHW102 Health Communications 3 Co-requisite: CHW101 Introduction to Public Health
CHW110 Foundations of Community Health Outreach 6  
CHW190 Community Health Worker Practicum 3 Co-requisite: CHW110 Foundations in Community Health
ENG101 English Composition I 3 Prerequisite: Basic Reading and Basic Writing proficiency
HES102 Learning Strategies 3 Prerequisite: Basic Math, Basic Reading, and Basic Writing Proficiency
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3 Prerequisite: College Reading and Basic Writing Proficiency

Program Notes

Recommended Course Sequence Community Health Worker Certificate
  Semester Courses
Year 1 Fall ENG101, HES102, PSY101, CHW100
Spring CHW101, CHW102, CHW110, CHW190

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