Program description

A community health worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of the community, understanding its needs. This enables the worker to serve as a liaison among health care organizations, social service organizations and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. 

Community health workers collaborate with residents to help them access essential community resources and resolve challenges they encounter in the places where they live, learn, work and play. They work in various settings such as community health centers, nonprofit organizations, health clinics, public housing organizations, hospitals, and client homes. 

They have many titles, depending on where they work, who they work for and what they do, including community care coordinators, community health advisors, community resource specialists, navigation specialists, patient navigators, home visitors and outreach workers/specialists.

Other important information

  • The classroom training can be offered in-person and online during days, evenings and weekends.
  • To obtain certification, students must complete 100 hours of classroom training, 130 hours of clinical/field service work, an online Ohio Board of Nursing application ($35 fee not included) and pass an Ohio Board of Nursing background check (fee not included).
  • Clinicals/field service work is available days, evenings and weekends. The College's health care immunization requirements and background check clearance may be required by health care facility sites prior to clinicals (background check fee included in tuition).
  • Minimum educational requirements include a high school diploma or GED certificate. A copy must be provided following the start of classes.
  • Professionalism required.

Please contact the office for further details at 216-987-3171 or 216-987-2925.

Program cost

Visit the Corporate College website here for pricing.

All text materials included. Immunizations, Board of Nursing background check fee and application fee are not included in program cost.

No refund is given after the course begins.

Financial aid eligibility

This program is not Federal Financial Aid/Pell Eligible.

Scholarships, payment plans, and other financial aid options may be available.  For more information, call 216-987-6000, option 1.

Upon completion students receive

  • Ohio Board of Nursing certificate as Certified Community Health Worker
  • Tri-C certificate of completion
  • American Heart Association BLS CPR for Health Care Providers

Related programs/training

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