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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Year 1||Fall||ENG101, HES102, PSY101, CHW100|
|Spring||CHW101, CHW102, CHW110, CHW190|