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Community Health Worker - AS

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.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will perform transaction analysis, process accounting information, prepare and analyze reports.
  • Students will prepare and interpret the four basic financial statements.
  • Students will apply various methods, including cost-volume-profit analysis and flexible budgets, for decision-making in both manufacturing and service environments.
  • Students will use various methods, including net present value and the time value of money to make capital budgeting decisions.

Please note not all classes are offered each semester. For sections with honors courses, select either the honors version or the non-honors version

Core Curriculum Courses (Required): 
Code Class Units
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 Chronic Disease Management and Community Wellness (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
Area of Emphasis

CHW program with an emphasis on Geriatric Care, complete the following courses:

Code Class Units
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

or... CHW program with emphasis on cognitive disability - mental illness, take the following three courses:

Code Class Units
PSY 001 General Psychology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
PSY 030 Psychology of Addiction and Substance Abuse (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HOC 023B Beg. Cognitive Disabilities - Mental Health Theory (1.0 Lecture) 1.0

or...CHW program with an Emphasis on Cognitive Disability-Developmental Disability. Take the following course:

Code Class Units
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
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Career/Transfer Opportunities

A community health worker builds health understanding and self-sufficiency in individuals within the community through a range of activities such as: outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

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