Community Health Worker Career Overview
The SWIC Community Health program prepares students with the skills necessary to become a certified community health worker, prepared to work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospital, clinics, and health agencies. Community Health Workers develop programs to teach clients about conditions affecting human well-being. Community Health Workers promote wellness individually and as a community by educating clients to adopt healthy behaviors. For further information regarding the field of community health, please go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
- One-semester certificate
- Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
- Enrolled in April for Fall classes, October for Spring classes, and March for Summer classes
- To enroll, students must have a high school diploma or equivalency and be eligible for ENG 97 and MATH 95
The program is designed to include classroom education and clinical experience in a healthcare setting.
Upon successful completion of the Community Health curriculum, graduates are awarded a certificate as a Community Health Worker. To work in Illinois, graduates of the program must provide proof of graduation from a Community Health training program.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median wage for Community Health Workers was $48,860 with a 17% growth outlook from 2020-2030. Hourly and salary ranges can vary dependent on hiring facility and demographics.
Ninety-five percent of SWIC medical laboratory technology graduates are working in hospital medical laboratories.
Job opportunities continue to grow as the elderly population continues to increase.