Community Health Worker Program

Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Community Health Worker program is designed to prepare students for careers as liaisons between clients and health and social services.  Upon completion of the program, you will be able to help improve the access to services, improve the quality and cultural competence of care, create an effective system of chronic disease management, and increase the health knowledge and self-sufficiency of underserved populations.  The CHW certificate can also offer students a pathway to advance their academic careers in other health- and social services-related fields such as community health, nursing, medical assistant, social work and more.


You will develop critical thinking skills as a framework for solving problems and making decisions.

  • You will gain an understanding of how ethics influence client care.
  • You will learn how to gather and record appropriate client and community information.
  • You will acquire knowledge of basic concepts of the most common diseases found in client populations.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Community Health Worker program is a certificate program designed to be completed in one semester.

Program Start Date(s)

The Community Health Worker program is offered in a cohort model.  Contact Business and Workforce Education at for program dates. Students must attend full-time to complete the program in one semester.

Career Opportunities/Information

The demand for community health workers is likely to increase as the population grows and ages.  More trained workers will be needed in a variety of healthcare and community-based settings, providing first line support in bridging the gap between distinct communities and health and social care systems.  They work to increase access to health care and social service organizations, improve access to health care for diverse populations, improve quality of care for chronically ill, promote healthy communities and educate families about access to and use of health care coverage.  As demand increases, community health workers may be employed by entities such as healthcare facilities, dental offices, non-profits, county health and human service agencies, schools, community mental health centers, senior centers, faith-based programs as well as occupational health and safety departments in business and unions.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.  The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:

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Community Health Worker Cert 16 Overview content updated: 2017-04-17