cost per credit
- The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, is currently offering 90 scholarships for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate program. Scholarships cover tuition and some related costs for up to one year of the program, allowing you to pursue your aspirations without financial barriers. Once you’ve been accepted to Saint Mary’s, your admissions counselor will help you navigate this scholarship opportunity.
- Complete the certificate in 2 semesters, or 1 school year.
- Blend of coursework and field-based learning with 80 hours of community service work.
- Use this certificate as a stepping stone toward a bachelor’s degree program and other healthcare careers.
What You'll Learn
- Understand the role, responsibilities, and limitations of a community health worker.
- Explain the legal/ethical guidelines around confidentiality, documenting and reporting, and agency policies.
- Navigate complex medical and social service systems.
- Analyze resources to help individuals access needed support.
- Advocate for individual, community and capacity building needs.
- Develop skills to communicate with individuals, communities, and providers.
Join us for an information session to learn more about programs, how to apply, transferring your credits, and more. We offer live information sessions where you can meet other prospective learners and faculty, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.
Apply for Admission
Ready to apply? Take the next steps here.
The Community Health Worker certificate is open to all current and prospective students. Students currently enrolled in a Saint Mary’s University are eligible to enroll in the certificate through the change/add program process. Students interested should contact their Program Director.
Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing.
Saint Mary’s accepts:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
- International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
- Duolingo with a minimum score of 100. Please see our academic catalog for a list of all approved waiver countries.
Please see our academic catalog for a list of all approved waiver countries.
First, apply to Saint Mary’s University if you are new student.
Your application must include the following items:
- An official high school or GED transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. (waived if you have earned 14 transferable college-level credits or more.)
- Official transcripts from all post-high school coursework including technical and community colleges. An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution.
Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards. Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.
Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Or electronically: email@example.com
Second, once the admission office reviews your application, you will receive a letter about the next steps.
Please reach out with any questions about the application process.
Phone: (612) 728-5100
Toll-free: (866) 437-2788
Applications accepted throughout the year for Fall start.
August 28, 2023
You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.
Tuition and Fees
We help you find ways to finance your education. Talk to your Enrollment Counselor about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make education affordable.
You’ll take courses such as:
- The Community Health Worker Role: Role, Advocacy, Outreach, and Resources
- Health Communication, Teaching, and Capacity Building
- Documentation, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Community Health Work
The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.
Careers & Salary
Help at-risk and underserved communities in community health clinics, advocacy organizations, nutrition and wellness programs, and public health offices.
Community Health Worker$47,780 per year*
Mental Health Advocate$46,098 per year*
Healthcare Liaison$40,086 per year*
Go even farther at Saint Mary’s. Apply all 16 completed credits to our bachelor’s completion programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom:
Student Central: Your one stop for student services
Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.
Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students.
Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education.
The only thing virtual about your online experience is the classroom. Our flexible online programs offer the rigor and reputation you expect from Saint Mary’s.
If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid.
Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.
News and Information from the School of Health and Human Services
Sources and Disclaimer
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Projections at https://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.nr0.htm (visited April 13, 2023).
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, Community Health Workers at https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211094.htm#nat (visited April 13, 2023).
- ZipRecruiter, Mental Health Advocate at https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Mental-Health-Advocate-Salary-in-Minneapolis,MN#:~:text=As%20of%20Apr%206%2C%202023,Minneapolis%20is%20%2446%2C098%20a%20year. (visited April 20, 2023).
- ZipRecruiter, Healthcare Lisason Salary at https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Healthcare-Liaison-Salary (visited April 20, 2023).