Community Health Worker Program

Launch your career in healthcare!

Scottsdale Community College’s Community Health Worker Certificate program aims to help students succeed in a role in a community-based healthcare system in just over a year. Whether you are brand new to healthcare or are already working in the field, the program can help you build a strong foundation in public health and grow your capacity to serve as a community health worker.

Program Details

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Prepare for a role in:

  • Public health organizations
  • Ambulatory clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Non-profit organizations
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Did You Know?

Job opportunities for community health workers in Arizona are projected to increase by 23% over the next decade, according to O*NET!

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Program benefits include:

  • Practical experience: Gain valuable real-world experience through an internship practicum.
  • Networking: Join a cohort of like-minded students and network with industry professionals.
  • Flexibility: Be prepared to enter the workforce or transfer into a two- or four-year degree.

A new cohort will be starting with the IPH 101 class in October of 2024. Enroll today for fall of 2024!

Community Health Worker Program of Study: Core Credit Course Progression
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(October 2025)
IPH 101
Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
IPH 105
Introduction to Community Health Work (3 credits)
IPH 112
Community-Based Health Education in Health and Illness (3 credits)
IPH 205
Chronic Disease Management (2 credits)
IPH 275
Practicum (1 credit)
General Education Co-Requisite Courses
All co-requisite courses can be taken anytime during the program, but must be completed before taking IPH 275.
HCC 145AA: Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals I (1 credit)
HCC 146: Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals (2 credits) 
SPA 117: Health Care Spanish I (1-3 credits) 
HES 100: Healthful Living (3 credits) 
HES 210: Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness (3 credits)
Total Community Health Worker Core Credits = 12
General Education Co-Requisite Credits = 4-6
Total Credits for Certificate of Completion = 16-18
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Get started today!

Step 1Apply for admission to Scottsdale Community College

Step 2: Read the CHW Program Details

Step 3 (Optional): For more information, fill out this online form or contact Angelica Backalukas, Program Director:

Step 4: Register for classes through your Student Center.