|2004-2005 UAF Catalog|
College of Rural Alaska
Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 34 credits; for Degree: 60 credits
The community health aide/practitioner (CHA/P) training program prepares residents to provide primary health care services in villages, under the supervision of a referral physician. As a prerequisite, students entering the program must be employed by a regional health corporation.
The educational program consists of four basic training sessions, each four weeks long and followed by a field component in the CHA’s village clinic. The curriculum includes the knowledge and skills necessary to provide acute care for common medical problems, emergency care, follow-up care for patients with chronic illnesses, and preventive services including prenatal and well-child care. The training also includes state-approved emergency care courses, completion of a skills checklist, a supervised clinical preceptorship, and passing the CHP statewide examination.
Upon successful completion of all certification requirements, students are awarded a community health practitioner (CHP) certificate by the training center. Students completing the training program also meet the requirements for a university certificate recognizing the credits earned. These credits may be used to satisfy requirements for the A.A.S. degree.
The CHA/P academic review committee (ARC), composed of representatives from the regional health corporations, training centers and university, ensures that the curriculum and certification process is kept uniform throughout the state. The ARC reports to the Association of CHA/P Program Directors and serves in an advisory role to the dean of the College of Rural Alaska.
For more information about the CHA/P basic training program, contact one of the CHA/P training centers. For more information about the A.A.S. degree, contact the Kuskokwim Campus.
* This sequence replaces the CHP 120 series listed in the UAF 1992-93 catalog. The course designator changes represent the addition of CHP 134 and the integration of the field experience within each 8-credit session.
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.