OJC Press Release ID: 2743

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Register for OJC’s Health Navigator Program
 

The start of Spring semester at OJC is less than a week away. Now is the time to get registered for classes in pursuit of a career as a Health Navigator. A Health Navigator is an individual who works as part of a health care team or with a health care system to reduce barriers to accessing care. They guide individuals and families through the complex health care system, ensuring they fully utilize the services most appropriate for and available to them.

The program can be completed in two years of full-time study. The first year students will earn a certificate as a Community Health Worker; the second year they will earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Navigation.

“Community Health Workers and Health Navigators assist clients, in a variety of settings serving as facilitators, advocates, and referral professionals linking them to health care and related social services. Employment opportunities are expected to grow nationally as a result of changes in health care,” explained Kaysie Schmidt, Health Navigator faculty.

OJC also offers a distance learning option to become a Health Navigator. This means students can learn from home with full access to OJC faculty for support. Scholarships and financial aid is available for students who choose the distance learning option, for those who qualify.

Interested students are required to: Be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent. Complete a background check and drug screen. Practicum facilities require students to complete a drug screen prior to participating in field experience. This will be arranged through the college. Students are required to take and pass the background check available at this web site address: cccs.certifiedbackground.com. The cost of the background check and drug screen is the responsibility of the students and is in addition to the cost of tuition and fees.

For additional information or to register for classes contact OJC Student Services at 719-384-6831.

 

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Start your career towards becoming a Health Navigator this semester. A Health Navigator is an individual who works as part of a health care team or with a health care system to reduce barriers to accessing care. Spring semester starts on Jan. 15. Register for classes this week.