2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Community Health

College of Rural Alaska
Bristol Bay Campus (907) 842-5109
Chukchi Campus (907) 442-3400
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-5439
Kuskokwim Campus (907) 543-4500
Northwest Campus (907) 443-2201
CHA/P Training Centers:
Anchorage CHA Training Program, ANMC (907) 729-2427
Norton Sound Health Corp., Nome (907) 443-3404
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corp., Sitka (907) 966-8758
Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc., Fairbanks (907) 452-8251, ext. 3410
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp., Bethel (907) 543-6150

Certificate; A.A.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 34 credits; for Degree: 60 credits

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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.

Certificate Program

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the certificate requirements.
  3. Complete the following:*

    CHP 131—Community Health Aide, Session I 8 credits

    CHP 132—Community Health Aide, Session II 8 credits

    CHP 133—Community Health Aide, Session III 8 credits

    CHP 134—Community Health Aide, Session IV 8 credits

    CHP 135—Community Health Aide, Preceptorship 2 credits
  4. Minimum credits required 34

* 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.
Note: The student may take CHP 082 prior to CHP 131 as an option when regionally available.

Major—A.A.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    a. Complete the following:

    CHP 131—Community Health Aide, Session I 8 credits

    CHP 132—Community Health Aide, Session II 8 credits

    CHP 133—Community Health Aide, Session III 8 credits

    CHP 134—Community Health Aide, Session IV 8 credits

    CHP 135—Community Health Aide, Preceptorship 2 credits

    b. Complete 5 or more credits from the following:

    CHP 203—Clinical Update for Community Health Practitioners 1-3 credits

    CHP 206—Mental Health and Substance Abuse 1-3 credits

    CHP 207—Maternal and Infant Health 1-3 credits

    CHP 208—Communicable Diseases 1-3 credits

    CHP 211—Health Education 1-3 credits

    CHP 212—Diabetes: Primary Prevention and Village Medical Care 1-3 credits

    CHP 214—Cancer: Risks, Diagnosis and Treatment 3 credits

    CHP 215—Death and Dying 3 credits

    CHP 220—Women’s Health: Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening 2 credits

    CHP 250—Current Issues in Rural Health Care** 1-3 credits

    CHP 293—Special topic courses

    EMS—any 200-level courses

    HLTH—any 200-level courses
  4. Complete electives 6 credits
  5. Minimum credits required 60

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** May repeat up to 3 credits toward A.A.S. degree.

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