Take the First Step Toward Certification as a Community Health Worker

By entering Mercy College of Ohio's Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate program, you are embarking on one of the most essential positions of the healthcare team, directly functioning within the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model. This will provide you with a course that integrates lecture-based learning with Ohio-based required laboratory and clinical experiences that further ensure you are armed with the best professionalism as a certified Community Health Worker. Your work is truly at the core of community healthcare: you are a liaison and work directly with the community, having a joint commitment to quality service provisions and access, plus health care outcomes.

Completion of the entire program gives you eligibility to apply for your Community Health Worker certification from the Ohio Board of Nursing. Obtaining this certification is a privilege in showing your potential at providing the best aid in health service delivery to the people of Ohio. They will prepare you for practice in all types of health care settings, applying the skills toward the positive effect of community health and well-being.

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  • Scholarships available up to $4000 of tuition covered

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  • 8 months

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  • Empower communities and build a fulfilling career

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Up to $4k Available through Choose Ohio First Grant Program

Choose Ohio First (COF) is an Ohio Department of Higher Education scholarship that will provide a total award of $458,713.50, with the intention of giving tuition assistance for up to $4,000 per student over five years for its Community Health Worker program at Mercy College of Ohio. In order for students to qualify for the scholarship, students should be residents of Ohio. They must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply or have been admitted to one of the eligible programs.

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Why choose Community Health Worker Certificate?

Pursuing a Community Health Worker Certificate at Mercy College provides you with the education to demonstrate healthcare knowledge and the ability to work with clients within the community health industry. Our graduates prioritize the use of interpersonal skills and community resources to effectively advocate for individuals and communities served.

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Community Health Workforce: Navigating Growth

Community health workers are rising in the United States and are ready to excel and uplift the field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of Community Health Workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. Mercy College of Ohio’s Community Healthcare Worker Certification program equips students with the education and skillset to strengthen the workforce by emphasizing clear training and career paths to foster positive change.

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Comprehensive Community Health Worker Training

Coursework in Community Health Worker certificate programs typically include the following content areas: Medical terminology, culture diversity, basic life support, and first aid, course work in area community health settings, and community health specific topics including advocacy, referral process, documentation, and skills to complete home visits.

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