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.

Students must maintain a grade of C or better in all core classes and program electives to satisfy degree requirements.

Meet the Following Requirements

Completion of 60 degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0.
  1. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better.
  2. 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
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 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:

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
Emphasis on Cognitive Disability-Mental Illness

Complete the following 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
Emphasis on Cognitive Disability - Developmental Disability

Complete 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 units 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.