Community, Health, and Wellness Advocate

Certificate of Proficiency (COP)

Community, Health, and Wellness Advocate

About The Program

The Community, Health, and Wellness Advocate (CHWA) is a multi-skilled care manager who helps the patient navigate the complex maze of health and social service providers to find appropriate care. The CHWA educates patients and family members about healthy behaviors, monitors compliance with care management plans, and can accompany a patient on  healthcare appointments. The advocate fosters mutual trust with a patient to develop an ongoing professional relationship. Health and Wellness Advocates are required to have a wide-ranging skill set and knowledge base. Through a solid foundation in medical ethics and cultural awareness, the CHWA addresses the physical health, mental health, drug use, and social factors affecting a patient's health and wellness. The advocate must be familiar with the appropriate local, state, regional, and national agencies available to assist the patient, including familiarity with health information systems and healthcare funding.

Core Program Requirements

AH 166 Mental Health First Aid for Adults 1
BUS 100 Foundations of Business Success 3
BTEC 104
CS 110
BTEC 146
Intro to Business Technology
Intro to Microcomputer Applications
Powerpoint Fundamentals
BTEC 111 Word Processing I 5
BTEC 131 Introduction to Spreadsheets 5
BTEC 160 Medical Scribe 5
BTEC 164 Medical Office Law & Ethics 2
BTEC 165 Culture Awareness for Care Professionals:DIV
BTEC 170 Community Health Advocacy 5
BTEC 176 Social Determinants of Health 5
BTEC 177 Trauma Informed Care 5

BTEC 181

MEDA 101

Medical Terminology I OR

Medical Vocabulary I


BTEC 182

MEDA 102

Medical Terminology II OR

Medical Vocabulary II

BUS 294 Career Success 2
HLTH 105 First Aid, CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens 1

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To earn a Community, Health, and Wellness Certificate of Proficiency, you must complete a minimum of 65 credits and pass each course listed in program requirements with a C or better.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Utilize a clinical decision support tool and electronic health records to view cross-system health and social service utilization to identify care opportunities
  • Provide in-person client health assessments
  • Accompany the client to critical appointments
  • Engage the client in developing a health action plan
  • Coordinate and mobilize treating/authorizing entities as necessary to reinforce and support the client's health action goals
  • Deliver culturally appropriate interventions, educational and informational materials
November 2022 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student's responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor. 
Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.



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