Community Health Worker Program

community health worker

Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close 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 begins in the Fall Semester. Students applying to the Community Health Worker Program must complete all CHW Program prerequisites prior to the application deadline of June 1st. Students will be notified of status by mail after July 15th.

All general education courses must be completed prior to starting the program.

  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.
  2. Students that have completed the necessary prerequisite courses can submit the CHW Program Application form by mail or in person to the Health Professions Office in room 4457. The deadline for prerequisite course completion and application to be considered for the Fall class each year is June 1st. Late applications will not be accepted.
  3. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.

Admission Process Placement

The CHW program has a selective admissions process. Specific eligibility criteria are used to evaluate each applicant to admit those students with highest likelihood of success. Admissions to the Community Health Worker Program will be determined by the following criteria:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on program prerequisites.
  • Consideration will be given for individuals with college degrees in other areas as well as military and /or related work experience.
  • Completion of general education courses with a “C” or better.

Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program. Students will be notified of status by mail after July 15th. 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, including fieldwork.

Note: Criminal background checks and drug screening are required for all admitted students for fieldwork. Students are responsible for payment for these tests.

All students must hold a current CPR card during the entire program. Current Community Health Workers may be eligible for ECEP credit for their knowledge or competency through life/work experiences. Browse for ECEP information.