Accelerated Community Health Worker


What is the Accelerated Community Health Worker program?

In sixteen weeks, the Accelerated Community Health Worker program prepares you to work in public health, private healthcare delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and healthcare insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations. The program will train you to develop positive relationships with individuals who need assistance and support in developing healthy behaviors, utilizing health resources, and gaining educational support to prevent or alleviate the effects of chronic disease. Hospitals, churches, clinics, insurance companies, and nonprofit organizations all need the services of community healthcare workers. 



CHW 1001 - Certification Part I

(Both CHW 1001 and CHW 1002 must be completed to earn the CHW Certification)

Designed to provide a basic understanding of variables that affect health in the community. Learning Outcomes: List the determinants of health at the individual and community level; implement community assessment techniques to include demographics, mapping, and analysis of governmental agency services; describe tracking techniques of clients and services; specify the dynamics in relationship building among groups, organizations, and individuals in a community; and identify initiatives that will impact the health status of a poor under-served community. 

Study of local, regional, and national health care resources. Identification of health organizations, support groups, and health care delivery systems to be used for client referral. Activities include visits to various local agencies and attendance/participation in related activities. Learning Outcomes: Identify various local health-related resources and their eligibility requirements; develop/define methods used for client eligibility and referral; identify the levels and settings of health care and roles of various health occupations within the community; and assist clients in meeting eligibility requirements and accessing needed services and benefits. 


CHW 1002 - Certification Part II

(Both CHW 1001 and CHW 1002 must be completed to earn the CHW Certification)

Study of the cultural aspects and public policy of food and nutrition and the socioeconomic and psychological aspects of nutrition throughout the life cycle. Provides information on developing culturally appropriate community-level interventions to improve nutrition for vulnerable populations; explain the basic nutrition principles from prenatal care to care for the aging; increase knowledge of cultural influences on diet and food preference; assess clients’ diets utilizing interview techniques; calculate BME and caloric intake for normal and abnormal physiological conditions; and locate appropriate community resources and public-sector programs.

Preparation for field work with individuals, families, and groups emphasizing teaching and capacity-building skills. Topics include behavioral change theories, outreach methods, area canvassing, home visiting, group work, community events, and community organizing. Implement neighborhood/rural outreach campaigns; conduct informal counseling and educational sessions with individuals, families, and community groups; organize community events for purposes of developing community capacity for change.


Program Information

Time Commitment 

80 Contact Hours (16 Continuing Education Units)  
16 Week Training 
  • Hybrid: Face to Face (2.5 Hours/week) and Online (7.5 Hours/week)​ 
  • F2F Location: Westside Education and Training Center​ 


Texas Department of State Health Services Community Health Worker certification  
CHW Initial Certification CHW Initial Certification | Texas DSHS 
Community Health Workers (CHWs), or promotores de salud, are non-medical public health workers who connect communities to health care and social service providers. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) established the CWH program, in accordance with Health and Safety Code Chapter 48, to operate a program designed to train and educate persons who act as promotoras or CHWs. 
CHWs demonstrate skills in the eight core competencies and must meet the following certification requirements: 
  • Texas resident  
  • Training – Completion of an approved DSHS-certified 160-hour competency-based Community Health Worker training program. 

CE2Credit eligible


Program Requirements

Possess proficiency in English (reading, writing, and speaking skills)

You are at least eighteen (18) years of age

Must have access to computer/tablet and internet 


Enrollment Information

Pat Sanchez

Advisor - Student Success
Economic & Workforce Development- Center Operations
Westside Education Training Center (WETC)

Students enter as continuing education credit students CHW certification, but a HS diploma or GED is not required. All CE credit courses can be converted to academic courses in the future by completing six hours of academic credit at any Alamo College.