Community Healthcare Worker Program Begins Fall 2019 at Lake Area Tech

For Immediate Release

May 1, 2019

WATERTOWN, SD – Students are now being accepted for the new Community Healthcare Worker program at Lake Area Technical Institute. The program, slated to begin Fall 2019, will offer three options for students: an Associate of Applied Science degree after 18 months with an option to earn a basic diploma after nine months; a certificate after five months for individuals with at least one year of medical experience; and a third year, nine-month option for LATI Medical Assisting and Human Services Technician graduates.

The program offers a unique healthcare degree option for individuals who are interested in seeking a non-traditional medical path. 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.

“Community healthcare workers are often responsible for the health of community members who may not be cared for by traditional medical institutions including culturally diverse populations and underserved community members,” said Heidi Wirtjes, Community Healthcare Worker program supervisor.  “Community healthcare workers often provide some basic direct services as well, such as first aid and some health screenings.”

The program is overseen by an advisory board comprised of local and regional healthcare providers who offer direction and insight regarding program curriculum and training. For more information on the new Community Healthcare Worker program, contact Lake Area Tech at 605-882-5284 or visit www.lakeareatech.edu.