Continuing Education

Community Health Worker Certification Program

Cleveland State University's Community Health Worker program, offered since 2016, is certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The 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 their community.

This program is a rigorous combination of 15 classroom sessions, the 4-day Chronic Disease Self Management Certification training, and 130 service hours in the community

Saturday classes, August 24 - December 14, 2024, 9am to 3pm on CSU Main Campus 

CPR and Vital Signs training (Saturdays)

 Chronic Disease Self Management (CDSM) Certificate Training (4 Fridays and Saturdays, 8am - 4pm)

130 service hours outside of class sessions

We are also seeking participants for our Fall 2024 HIV Peer Navigator (HPN) CHW cohort which will run concurrently with our traditional program. Participants in the HPN cohort would either be living with HIV,  caring for someone living with HIV, or working with those living with HIV. This program is identical (dates/times/trainings) to our traditional CHW program but includes additional content to enrich your knowledge and ability to serve those living with HIV in your community.

Please indicate if you are interested in the HPN cohort on your application and essay.

Cohort 7 Last Class

Requirements for admission and consideration for Scholarship Funding

Completed application and essay (300 word minimum)

At least 18 years of age with a High School diploma or GED certificate

Substance Test and Background Check 

Copy of State ID and Proof of Medical/Health Insurance

ALL Health Data documentation and other required documents must be submitted before the program begins

Applications without a complete essay or any required documents missing will not be considered for scholarship funding

Submit your application and essay by August 9, 2024!

Cohort 7 Fall 2022

 What is a Community Health Worker?

To complete the program, participants must attend all classroom sessions (including assignments, texbook readings, and engagement in class discussion and activities), complete CPR and Vital Signs Trainings (included in the program), complete the four-day CDSM Certificate Training, and complete 130 service hours in the community.

After the participant has completed all the requirements of the CSU Community Health Worker Program, they will then submit their application (Form A)  to the Ohio Board of Nursing with the $39 fee to become certified as a Community Health Worker in the State of Ohio.

Clean background check required within one year of application for certification with the Ohio Board of Nursing

Submit your application and essay by August 9, 2024!


Parking is not included and is $10 per day on the CSU campus

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Partially funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Community Health Worker Training Program grant. 

Additional funds are available to assist with program completion.


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