Become a frontline health worker.

Community Health Certificate


A community health worker is a healthcare professional who serves as a liaison or intermediary between the community and health/social services offered within a community.

Students who complete the community health certificate will be prepared to: 

  • Advocate for clients or patients in a community setting to help resolve crises.
  • Facilitate connections between patients, clients or families and community resources, including but not limited to medical services, social services, legal aid, housing, job placement, education or food sources.
  • Assist community members to understand their health conditions and facilitate ways to improve health.
  • Provide basic health services such as monitoring blood pressure.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the community health certificate program?

Students can complete the certificate in just two semesters. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students pursuing a healthcare certificate should expect to take classes face-to-face to experience hands-on learning. Some general education classes may be offered online. 

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the certificate?

Students who complete a healthcare certificate are encouraged to continue their education because they are well on their way to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Health Services Technology.  

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email