Community Health Worker

Interested in earning your Texas Department of State Health Services Community Health Worker certification?

Navigate through each tab to read more about our program guide, academic course description, and course schedule.


CHW and AAS Breakdown

We offer Texas state certification as a Community Health Worker and an Associate of Applied Science in Community Health. All the classes are presented in a face to face or online format. The class schedule for Fall 2022 is attached. All classes for the 2022 will be taught in a variety of formats; online, hybrid, and face to face with the required precautions to protect the health of all students.

Alamo Colleges offers an enrollment rate of about $99 per credit hour. The total cost for the certification would be $1700. There is no minimum number of hours for enrollment, but your financial aid will be reduced for fewer hours. All our classes are taught either online, or at the Westside Education and Training Center (563 SW 40th Street, intersection of Old Highway 90 and 40th Street), which is close to Lackland AFB or at the Eastside Education and Training Center, 4551 Dietrich Road, and at Northwest Vista College on 3535 N. Ellison Drive near Sea World.

The job outlook as published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards predicts a 21% growth in employment from 2020 to 2030. The average wage for a CHW in 2021 located in the San Antonio-New Braunfels region is $21.04 per hour or $42,300 annually. This is the link to the data.


Health education specialists develop programs to teach people about conditions affecting well-being. Community health workers promote wellness by helping people adopt healthy behaviors.

There are no prerequisites, and you can join the course work at any time without regard to a set sequence of classes. Individuals who already have a college degree are encouraged to enroll as a continuing education student if they are not interested in gaining more academic credits. Students that do not have a HS diploma or GED can use the CE option to gain the identical Texas State Certification as a CHW, this option is also ideal for students who already have a degree and are not seeking additional credit hours. The CE option is easier to enroll and usually less expensive. Visit the CE Admission and Registration site at:  CE Admissions and Registration | Alamo Colleges     You can also call Amparo R. Polendo, CE Department,  Tele: 210-486-4421 or  Email: at Northwest Vista College

If you are entering college for the first time, or you are a veteran/active-duty member of the armed forces, or returning to college after a break, follow this link to begin the process.

This will outline all the steps for enrollment, class registration and financial aid or scholarships. We also have enrollment coaches for students who can assist in process of registration and enrollment. Please contact our enrollment coach.

  • Delilah Salazar
    Certified Enrollment Coach
    Northwest Vista College
    Vista Central: Office of Admissions
    3535 N Ellison Dr | San Antonio, TX 78251 | 210-486-4602 |


All our certification courses are available online. A contact-less internship is available or a face/face experience with the appropriate health and safety precautions. The student has the option to choose which style of internship is best for them. The internship which is a 160-contact hour course to gain job experience.


Most internships are eligible for federal student work study stipends, if you are an academic student taking at least six credit hours in the semester you register for the internship and are eligible for student financial aid you may be eligible for the program.

For online students residing outside of San Antonio, we will have to plan with a local health or human service agency. Students living outside of Bexar County will pay a different tuition cost for online classes.

You can also visit our NVC Community Health website for additional detail about the course and instructors.

Use the attached schedule of CHW classes to determine your class schedule. I encourage you to apply for financial aid as soon as possible, since it takes 4-6 weeks to get the final approval from the U.S. Department of Education.

Students that are Texas residents (typically have been in the state for one year) but are not documented and not eligible for federal financial assistance can apply for Texas financial assistance through the College for all Texans at

Also attached is a listing of all the skills and competencies by individual course and the course listing for our 60-hour AAS degree in Community Health.

We use a social work model to present a series of classes that lead up to the Texas State Certification for Community Health Workers/Promotoras de Salud. All aspects of life and how they can impact an individual's or family's life are explored (lack of financial resources, undereducated, chronic illnesses, violence, drugs, dangerous neighborhoods, chronic stress, etc.)

All online classes are on a Flex semester schedule of 8 weeks.


Did you know?

Over 95% of our graduates find employment as Community Health Workers in such job titles as peer counselors, outreach workers, preventive health coordinators, health educators, lactation coaches, peer counselors, etc. and the salary ranges are $18 to $20 per hour with no experience except the state certification.

Degree Certificate Program Guide
Academic Course Description
CHW Digital Brochure

Contact Us

Emily Coppin
Admin. Specialist

MLH 201


Adrienne Partida
Administrative Associate


Teresa Dimas
Academic Chair

MLH 201B


Guadalupe Cornejo
Assistant Professor

Community Health Worker Program

MLH 201


Dr. Fernando Martinez, Ph.D

Community Health Worker Program Coordinator

MLH 201