Associate in Science in Community Health Worker
The Community Health Worker (CHW) Associate Degree provides the opportunity for the student to develop skills as frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or close understanding of the community they serve. This relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison between health services and the community. Course requirements for the major can be completed in two or three semesters of study. Classroom theory is applied in a CHW Internship course with placement of the student to practice skills learned in a variety of healthcare settings. Students must maintain a grade of C or better in all core classes and program electives to satisfy degree requirements.
Students must maintain a grade of C or better in all core classes and program electives to satisfy degree requirements.
To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of 60 degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0.
- Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better.
- Completion of the AS Graduation Requirements, CSU GE-B or IGETC.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to identify the personal qualities, core competencies relating to work-setting skills, knowledge base, health promotion/education, and service coordination, researching and health coaching.
- Students will know the current community health care issues and community agencies and resources available for consumers today.
- Students will be able to effectively advocate for environmental safety issues while working with clients of diverse ages, cultural back grounds, intellectual and emotional abilities.
Required Core Courses:
|HOC 001||Medical Terminology (3.0 Lecture)||3.0|
|CAP 033A||Word Processing - Course 1 (3.0 Lecture)||3.0|
|CAP 062B||An Introduction to Microsoft Excel (1.0 Lecture)||1.0|
|PSY 012||Human Growth and Development (3.0 Lecture)||3.0|
|HOC 005||Introduction to Community Health Worker (3.0 Lecture)||3.0|
|HOC 006||Personal Health and Life Style (3.0 Lecture)||3.0|
|HOC 008||Community Health Problems (3.0 Lecture)||3.0|
|HOC 010||Health Communication: Health Literacy, Health Coaching, and Motivational Interviewing (3.0 Lecture)||3.0|
|HOC 012||Community Health Worker Internship (1.0 Lecture / 2.0 Arranged Lab)||3.0|
CHOOSE ONE AREA OF EMPHASIS
Emphasis on Geriatric Care
Complete the following courses:
|HOC 028||Care of the Geriatric Patient (1.0 Lecture)||1.0|
|HOC 004||First Aid and CPR (0.5 Lecture)||0.5|
|HOC 019A||Nursing Assistant Fundamentals (3.5 Lecture/0.5 Lab)||4.0|
|HOC 019B||Nursing Assistant Clinical Experience (2.0 Lab)||2.0|
|HOC 019F||Home Health Aide Fundamentals (1.5 Lecture)||1.5|
|HOC 019G||Home Health Aide Clinical (0.5 Arranged Lab)||0.5|
|HOC 003||Emergency Disaster Preparedness for Allied Health Professionals (0.5 Lecture)||0.5|
Emphasis on Cognitive Disability-Mental Illness
Complete the following courses:
Emphasis on Cognitive Disability - Developmental Disability
Complete the following course:
|HOC 023C||Beg. Cognitive Disabilities - - Developmental Disability Theory (1.0 Lecture)||1.0|
Required Units for the Major
|Required unts for the major||26.0-35.0|
|plus completion of general education requirements
and electives as needed to reach 60 units.
|Total required units||60.0|
A community health worker builds health understanding and selfsufficiency in individuals within the community through a range of activities such as: outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.