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Community Health Worker certificate

A community health worker(CHW) sitting with an older man, the CHW is writing in a notebook.The role of this certification is to help individuals acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the purpose of a community health worker. Community health workers serve a variety of functions including advocacy, basic clinical skills, and education, and they improve healthcare outcomes because they help patients access services that they might not otherwise access.

The certificate prepares graduates to:

Goal I: Demonstrate professional skills and abilities

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the community healthcare delivery system;
  • Apply skills required to effectively facilitate and manage healthcare;
  • Apply best practices methods for healthcare literacy, and promotion.

Goal II: Demonstrate professional communication skills

  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form within professional healthcare environments.

Goal III: Identify and apply cultural competencies

  • Identify cultural barriers that impede access to quality healthcare;
  • Apply appropriate strategies in working with culturally diverse populations.


Articulation Agreement with the Office of Workforce Development

Students who have received the Community Health Worker credential through the SUNY Schenectady Office of Workforce Development may receive some college credit toward the Community Health Worker certificate program. Learn more about the agreement.

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Degree Plan

See the degree requirements and suggested course sequence.

Degree Plan