Community Health Worker, Certificate of Achievement

Community Health Workers (CHWs) work with individuals and groups to promote health knowledge and self-sufficiency through outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. This Certificate of Achievement prepares students for an entry-level posisiton as Community Health Worker (level 1). Other position titles include: Promotore, Patient Navigator, Patient Advocate, Health Navigator, Health Ambassador, Lifestyle Coach, Community Advocate, and others. Note: Students who have completed MEDA 100, MEDA 101, MEDA 110, MEDA 112, MEDA 114, MEDA 120, and MEDA 121 only need HUMS 53 and MEDA 251 to complete the CHW Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify basic health needs and assist in accessing resources for at-risk individuals and groups in the local community.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
HUMS 53Introduction to Counseling (Required Core})3
MEDA 100Introduction to Health Careers1
MEDA 101Ethics, Law and IT Security in the Medical Office3
COOP 91.20Health Work Experience2
Select one of the following options:9-13
Community Outreach Option
Healthy Living
Community Health Worker Level 1
Intercultural Communication
Medical Assisting Option
Medical Office Management
Medical Office Computer Applications
Medical Insurance Management
Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques I
Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques II
Total Units18-22

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.