Training and Education

A Program requirements and training standards for Community Health Workers (CHWs) vary widely among states. Some states require (CHWs) to have state-level certification, requiring completion of an approved training program and acquiring specific skills. A number of educational institutions offer courses, certificates, or degrees in the CHW field, with related trends being: Community college based training provides academic credit and career advancement opportunities through formal education; On-the-job training is offered to improve capacities of CHWs and enhance their standards of practice; Certification at the state level recognizes and legitimizes the work of CHWs, and opens up potential reimbursement opportunities for CHW services.

Currently in Nevada there is no statute holding a CHW to a standardized curriculum; however, the Community Health Worker Program at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), only supports and recognizes the Community Health Worker Training Course offered at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), the Nevada Community Health Worker Association (NvCHWA), and the Washington State training program.

CHW Training Courses in Nevada

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The Nevada Systems of Higher Education received a grant from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) in 2014 to develop a pilot Community Health Worker (CHW) curriculum. This was done in partnership with the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). In December of 2014, both entities graduated a total of 39 new CHWs into the workforce. Both entities still run the curriculum on an “as-needed” basis. Students who graduate the programs receive a certificate of completion. A hybrid (online, in-person) training is coming soon provided by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the Community Health Worker Program. In addition, the Nevada Commuity Health Worker Association offers an online hybrid CHW training based on the curriculum developed for TMCC and CSN. The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health will recognize this curriculum for a CHW Certificate of completion

College of Southern Nevada 

2018 CSN course offerings: (Registration will be posted at this link as they become available)
  1. January 9, 2018
  2. April 30, 2018
  3. July 31, 2018
  4. October 23, 2018

Truckee Meadows Community College (online course)

  • This course has a rolling enrollment, enroll and complete the course on your own schedule wherever and whenever works for you!

Nevada Community Health Worker Association Online-Hybrid course 

New! Register for any of our 2018 courses! – Click here to register!

2018 course offerings (Dates/locations subject to change)
  1. January 19th, 2018 – March 16th, 2018 
    • Two mandatory, in-person classes on 1/19 & 3/16
    • Location(s): Las Vegas and Reno
  2. April 13th, 2018 – June 8th, 2018 
    • Two mandatory, in-person classes on 4/13 & 6/8
    • Location(s): TBD (Based on individuals registered)
  3. July 6th, 2018  – August 31st, 2018 
    • Two mandatory, in-person classes on 7/6 & 8/31
    • Location(s): TBD (Based on individuals registered)
  4. September 21st, 2018 – November 16th, 2018 
    • Two mandatory, in-person classes on 9/21 and 11/16
    • Location(s): TBD (Based on individuals registered)

Washington State Training Program

map_washingtonFor those individuals who cannot attend the CHW training course being offered at TMCC, CSN, or the NvCHWA hybrid program, the CHW Program recommends the Washington State training program, which offers a comprehensive curriculum free of charge on a quarterly basis. The NDPBH will recognize this curriculum for a CHW Certificate of Completion.

Find out more about the Washington State Training Program