Nursing Continuing Education

Community Health Worker Certification Program

The Community Health Worker Program will be offered again in Spring 2018. To receive updates on this program and the Spring 2018 schedule when it is available, click here.

Cleveland State University School of Nursing, in partnership with Friendly Inn Settlement House, Fairhill Partners and the Sisters of Charity Foundation, is pleased to present this Ohio Board of Nursing certified program that combines Community Health Worker certification with Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Group Leader Certification. This program is appropriate for anyone interested in an entry-level position in health care who would like to make a difference in the health of the community.


The program contains 3 essential courses:

Community Health Worker 1: Introduction to the Role

Introduces the many roles of the Community Health Worker. The student is introduced to basic content in five major areas: health care, communication skills, advocacy, health education, and social services. Basic anatomy and physiology of the human body is covered. Students will be introduced into to the concepts of data collection for health assessment including: obtaining vital signs, recording vital signs, and recognizing changes in health status. The course includes Clinical experience of 2 hours in obtaining and documenting vital signs.

Community Health Worker 2: Care across the Lifespan

Presents concepts of growth and development across the lifespan. Examines stressors and general resistance resources of individuals at various life stages in relation to health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration. Examines spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental impacts on health.  The course includes a supervised clinical component of 30 hours.

Community Health Worker 3: Practicum

Students will complete a supervised practicum in the community setting of at least 100 hours, integrating knowledge from the previous course work and applying it in the clinical setting.  The student will also complete training in chronic disease self-management.

For more information on what it means to become a Community Health Worker, click here.


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The Community Health Worker Program will be offered again in Spring 2018. To receive updates on this program and the Spring 2018 schedule when it is available, click here.


Tuition:  $2,000 (Textbooks included)

Financial assistance available for those who qualify.


Please register before completing the Financial Assistance form.



FileSONCHW FA Application.docx

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For More Information, Click Here or call 216/687-3867


The MEDTAPP IHOPE CHW program is partially funded by the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) through Ohio Department of Medicaid’s Healthcare Access Initiative.

Registration and Payment

All registration and payment for CSU Continuing Education programs must be processed through CSU’s secure online system. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Corporate Checks are the only forms of payment accepted, and they must be processed through the online payment system. No payments are accepted by phone or through USPS mail, as these are not secure methods to transfer payment information. Money Orders, Purchase Orders, American Express, Personal Checks, and Cash are NOT accepted forms of payment for any CSU Continuing Education program.

Refund Policy

Intent to withdraw or transfer must be made two full business days before the start of the program for a refund or transfer to be processed. Call (216) 687-3867 or email to withdraw or transfer. No refunds will be issued or transfers processed for requests received less than two full business days before the program.