Community Health Worker Program

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Complete This Program Online!

Starting this fall semester, South Suburban College offers fully online programs with various benefits. Students in this program can take advantage of classes that fit their schedules and study from anywhere with internet access. Taking this program can lead to a new career, advancement within a current field or improved technical skills in a virtual world.


Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually clear understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables community health workers to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

Community health workers also build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. (American Public Health Association, 2008).

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Program is an online program and thus all courses are only offered online. It offers three (3) tracks; a Basic Certificate, an Advance Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science. Students interested in the Basic or Advance Certificates may enroll in the program at any term. It is, however, recommended that they begin with the Basic courses. There are no prerequisites for the CHW courses except CHW 101 – Introduction to Community Health Worker should be taken first or concurrent with any other Basic course.

Students applying for the Applied Science track may enroll in the Basic courses but must be aware of the requirements for the AAS Degree. These include:

  1. Prospective students should submit an SSC Application form and forward all Official high school or HSE transcripts, as well as official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions no later than May 1st for credit evaluation. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program.
  2. Students can submit the CHW Program Application form by mail, email or in person to the Allied Health Department, Room 4469L on the Main Campus. The deadline for application to be considered for the Fall class each year is June 1st.
  3. Current Community Health Workers may be eligible for ECEP credit for their knowledge or competency through life/work experiences. Browse for ECEP information.

Admission Process Placement

There are no admissions criteria to the Community Health Worker Program. The SSC CHW program does not wait list applicants from one year to the next; therefore, applicants who are not selected must reapply for successive years. All students must demonstrate a minimum math competency equivalent to Elementary Algebra (MTH 095) to fulfill the AAS degree requirement as well as complete all general education and CHW Program coursework with a “C” or better to progress to successive semesters. Current Community Health Workers may be eligible for ECEP credit for their knowledge or competency through life/work experiences. For ECEP information, please see The Educational/Competency Evaluation Program (ECEP).

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.

 

Community Health Worker Degree (CHW.AAS)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
General Education Requirements
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIT 102 Fundamentals of Medical Terminology 2
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
SPN 115 Spanish for Health Care Providers 3
PSY 211 Human Growth and Development 3
BIO 115 Human Body Structure 4
HSA 113 Issues of Diversity 4
MIS 101 Computer Literacy and Applications 3
Semester I – Fall and Spring Semester – 1st 8 weeks
CHW 101 Introduction to Community Health 3
CHW 105 Assessing Community Resources 3
CHW 110 Community Health Development 3
CHW 118 Survey of Diseases 3
Semester II – Fall and Spring Semester – 2nd 8 weeks
CHW 115 Nutrition and Disease 3
CHW 200 CHW Case Management 3
CHW 215 Introduction To Community Health Research 3
CHW 230 CHW Leadership 3
CHW 250 Contact Tracing 2

Electives

Choose TWO courses offered will vary each summer.

CHW 100 Health and the Public 3
CHW 109 Mental Health/Substance Abuse 3
CHW 120 Public Health Epidemics 3
CHW 125 Public Health and Global Societies 3
CHW 205 Parenting Skills 3
CHW 235 Introduction to Maternal/Child Health 3
Total Hours: 58

 

Community Health Worker Certificates

Community Health Workers Certificate Advance (CHW.CERT)

OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Semester I – Fall and Spring Semester – 1st 8 weeks
CHW 101 Introduction to Community Health 3
CHW 105 Assessing Community Resources 3
CHW 110 Community Health Development 3
CHW 118 Communicable, Environmental, and Occupational Disease 3
Semester II – Fall and Spring Semester – 2nd 8 weeks
CHW 115 Nutrition and Disease 3
CHW 200 CHW Case Management 3
CHW 215 Introduction To Community Health Research 3
CHW 230 CHW Leadership 3
CHW 250 Contact Tracing 2
Total Hours: 26

Community Health Worker Basic Certificate (CHW.BASIC)

Gainful Employment Information

OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Semester I – Fall and Spring Semester – 1st 8 weeks
CHW 101 Introduction to Community Health 3
CHW 105 Assessing Community Resources 3
CHW 110 Community Health Development 3
Semester II – Fall and Spring Semester – 2nd 8 weeks
CHW 115 Nutrition and Disease 3
CHW 200 CHW Case Management 3
CHW 250 Contact Tracing 2
Total Hours: 17