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Community Health Worker

Are you interested in a medical career that doesn’t follow a traditional route? Take note!

Lake Area Tech offers an opportunity for just that in our Community Health Worker program.  After completing the program, graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to be employed in medical positions such as a community health adviser, social and human services assistant/specialist, community health advocate, eldercare advocate, addictions counselor assistant, and casework specialist.

A Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker 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.

Students enrolled in the program will have these completion options:

  • Earn a Community Health Worker A.A.S. degree after 18 months with an exit option to earn a diploma after 9 months
  • Diploma with certificate after 9 months
  • Online certificate offered each semester (16 credits)

During the coursework, students can expect to receive instruction in health care, pharmacology, anatomy, patient care, psychology, sociology, medical coding, diversity studies, office procedures, community services, and more.

Criminal background checks are performed on all students before on-the-job training rotations begin at the student’s expense.

For the most up-to-date information, please email Heidi Wirtjes, CHW program instructor, at heidi.wirtjes@lakeareatech.edu.

Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance.