Nursing Continuing Education

Community Health Worker Certification Program

Cleveland State University School of Nursing is pleased to present our Ohio Board of Nursing certified program, combining the Community Health Worker certification with the 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 their community.

The program includes;

16 weeks of Saturday classes, 9am to 3pm on CSU Main Campus (in person) in Julka Hall Room 235

CPR, Vital Signs, and Chronic Disease Self-Management trainings

130 additional service hours 


Requirements for Admission

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

Substance Test and Background Check

Health Data documentation

Attend one Information Session

The 2022 Cohort began Saturday, January 29, 2022

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To complete the program, participants must attend all classroom sessions (including assignments, texbook readings, online discussion, and in-class participation), complete CPR and Vital Signs Training (included in the program), complete CDSM training and implement a CDSM program on their own with the assistance of a team member, 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 to become certified as a Community Health Worker in the State of Ohio. 


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 What is a Community Health Worker?

​​​​​​Professor Joan Thoman discusses her research in workforce needs for an ever-shifting healthcare landscape.

CHW Completion Requirements


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