Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College: Community Health Worker Certificate 

Contact: Janet Fisk, Community Health Worker Program Coordinator 
Phone: (707) 527-4836


Community Health Workers (CHWs) are individuals who work primarily in clinic and community settings and who serve as vital links between communities and health services to promote the health of individuals, families, and groups who lack access to adequate health care.

The Community Health Worker Program at SRJC

SRJC’s Community Health Worker Certificate Program provides training and field experience for individuals who want to become community health outreach workers or to broaden their skills as CHWs. We encourage participation by individuals who understand their community’s culture, language, and health beliefs and are interested in assisting their community in assessing health needs and accessing quality health services. This program may be completed in one year (two semesters) with a maximum of three classes each semester.

  • Introduction to Community Health Work (CHW 150) can be taken in the summer in 6 weeks.
  • Students can begin the program in any semester without formal application to the program.
  • Students will be placed in externships in the community (7 1/2 hours per week) in both fall and spring semesters to practice skills learned in other CHW courses.
  • Students need to receive a “C” or better in all courses to receive a program certificate.

Career ladders are available for students who want to advance in community health outreach or in related health occupations such as medical assisting, nursing, nutrition specialities, or health education. Advising is also available with the Program Director for opportunities to complete associate degree requirements at SRJC, bachelor’s degree requirements in health sciences or health education, and master’s degree requirements in public health.

Community Health Worker Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 22
Term Effective: Summer 2007The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.Description:The Community Health Worker Certificate of Achievement program combines interactive course work and practical community experience to develop health outreach professionals as members of health care teams. These teams provide appropriate, practical services to medically under-served and high-risk populations, working with individuals, families, and communities through Health and Human Services programs, community health clinics and other health agencies and organizations.Students will experience a variety of community health outreach strategies and techniques, including examining common disease and health problems, motivating health behavior change, preventing disease and injury, identifying and using community health resources, working with a health team, respecting cultural diversity, translating and interpreting (medical, cultural, linguistic), building trust and networks within communities, and improving client access to medical care.Research in the Bay Area and in other areas of the United States is pointing toward a great potential for community health workers to play an expanded role in the U.S. health care system. In Sonoma County there are numerous community health workers with varying job titles and job descriptions who have had differing agency training. There is a demonstrated need for standardization of training. Students in the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Health Worker program will include both currently working Community Health Workers and individuals wishing to become Community Health Workers.This program of study is also available as an Associate Degree major option. Click here for more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Department.Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:


  1. Demonstrate a variety of community health outreach strategies and techniques, that include examining common disease and health problems, motivating health behavior changes, preventing disease and injury, identifying and using community health resources, respecting cultural diversity, translating and interpreting (cultural, linguistic, and/or medical), establishing networks within communities, and improving client access to medical care; and
  2. work effectively as a member of a health care team, implement effective case management, communication, interpersonal and professional skills.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view therecommended course sequence.


It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, andASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:The requirements for the Community Health Worker program are:

  • Complete 22 units from
    • Community Health Worker Requirements


Community Health Worker Requirements – complete 22.0 units
Course Description Units
CHW 150 Introduction to Community Health Work 1.0
CHW 151 Outreach Techniques & Strategies 3.0
CHW 151L Outreach Experience 3.0
CHW 152 Health Issues and Resources 3.0
CHW 152L Team Outreach Experience 3.0
CHW 153 Community Health Education 3.0
HLE 5 Personal Health and Wellness 3.0
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following:
ANAT 58 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3.0
ANAT 40 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
ANAT 140 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Phsyiology 2.0
CHLD 10 Child Growth and Development 3.0
COMM 7 Intercultural Communication 3.0
HLC 140 Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology 1.0
HLC 160 Medical Terminology 3.0
PSYCH 1A General Psychology 3.0
PSYCH 5 Abnormal Psychology 3.0


Course Prerequisites and Advisories:Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.
Gainful Employment Information

Phone Email
(707) 527-4836