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Community Healthworker


The certificate prepares individuals to coordinate resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide basic services such as first aid and blood pressure screening.

Subject to change without notification. Contact the Health Navigator program office for the most current information.


The student must apply for general college admission to Otero Junior College. Applying to OJC is free and can be completed online at: or a print copy can be downloaded from that site.

In addition the student is required to

1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent.

2. Complete a background check and drug screen:

a. Practicum facilities require students to complete a drug screen prior to participating in field experience. This will be arranged through the college. Please plan to follow the procedures promptly when notified.

b. Students are required to take and pass the background check available at this web site address:

Note: 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.


Community Health Worker Certificate


Program Requirements



  • PBH 100
  • PBH 101
  • HWE 111
  • ENG 121
  • CIS 118
  • HWE 103*
  • Intro to Health Navigation
  • Health Navigation Principles & Practices I
  • Health and Fitness
  • English Composition I GT-CO1
  • Intro to PC Applications
  • Community First Aid and CPR
  • 2
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 1

*(Can be waived with current certification in Adult, Infant, and Child CPR,General First Aid, and AED.)


  • PBH 102 
  • PBH 103
  • PSY 101
  • COM 125
  • HWE 100
  • CSL 250

  • PBH 180




  • Health Navigation Principles & Practices II
  • Health Navigation Principles & Practices III
  • General Psychology I: GT-SS3
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Human Nutrition
  • Motivational Interviewing
    (Hybrid course with 1 week online and 2 days on-campus)
  • Internship I
    (2 credits = 90 hours field work) *Requires a clear background check and urine drug screen before any field experience begins. Students responsible for cost(~$80.20).


  • 3
  • 2
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 1.5
  • --
  • 2






Students who continue into the second year will take an additional 29 credit hours to earn a Health Navigator Associate of Applied Science degree.

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