Community Health Worker (CHW)

Student Information

In just two semesters you can get the certificate that will open the door for an exciting career.

Classes are held at both the Aptos and Watsonville Campuses.

The cost for the required 16 units for the Certificate of Achievement completed in one or two semesters is less than $900.

With financial aid, the Cabrillo Promise, the BOG waiver, and other resources the cost could be much less.  Student Resource Support Network also lists assistance programs.

Check out the California CHW Community of Practice.

Improve your English Skills

The model used by the CHW program means that you will work with two teachers in the classroom: one teacher provides job skills training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, math, or English language. Courses are taught in English but will have an ESL instructor help with improved English skills. The CHW program encourages English as a Second Language Learners and Adult Learners to consider getting a CHW certificate because of this assistance in the classroom.

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Community Health Worker Certificate of Achievement

After completing the program, you will be able to identify basic health needs and evaluate health and human service resources within the community, as well as demonstrate CHW professional skills and job readiness.

CHW Core Course Requirements (16 Units)

See Health Science (HS) course descriptions

  • HS10, Personal Health, 3 units

  • HS130, Intro to Community Health Work, 4 units

  • HS131, Community Health Worker Skills, 4 units

  • CWEE99G, General Work Experience Education, OR HSERV55A, Practicum, 2 units

Possible Electives (Any of the following for a total of 3 Units), Any Health Science or Human Service Course or NUTR20 or NUTR22.

  • HS12, Stress Management, 3 units

  • HS15, Human Sexuality, 3 units

  • HSERV 50, Intro to Human Services,3 units

  • HSERV 52, Intro to Case Management, 3 units

  • HSERV161, Alcohol & Other Drugs Treatment Recovery, 3 units

  • HSERV162, Alcohol & Other Drugs Physiology Pharmacology, 3 units

  • HSERV163, Prevention of Alcohol & Other Drugs, 1 unit

  • NUTR20, Nutrition, 3 units

  • NUTR22, Nutritional Health, 2 units

Non-credit Certificate of Completion

Cabrillo College Health Sciences is excited to announce the opportunity for community members to achieve the CHW Certificate of Completion as tuition-free courses to advance career and life skills.

The courses required are:

  • HS430, Introduction to Community Health Work

  • HS431, Community Health Worker Skills

Associate Degrees

Thinking about completing an Associate degree? Consider working toward your AA in Health Science or your AS in Human Services.

Internships, Fellowships, and Apprenticeships

Opportunities in the field specifically for CHW students are continually being developed. Students take CWEE 99G. This course will enable students to earn college credit for learning or improving skills or knowledge while working. Faculty and employers help students create meaningful educational experiences by developing specific learning objectives. There are no pre-requisites or concurrent enrollment requirements. Units are awarded based on the achievement of learning objectives and completion of course requirements.

“I appreciated that many of the students had community experience, that they brought to the program.”
Yadhira Orozco
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