APU’s Community Health programs offer an Undergraduate Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree to prospective students. These enhanced educational options provide Community Health Aides the opportunity to utilize their training and education to better support the health, care, and wellness of their communities across Alaska.
Create a Pathway. The Community Health Programs offer the opportunity to enhance professional skills and qualifications by advancing education. At APU, Community Health students have a clear attainment pathway from an undergraduate certificate to associate of applied science.
Timely Response to Workforce Needs. The Community Health Aide program has provided essential primary health care services across Rural Alaska since 1968. CHAP has expanded to a network of 550 practitioners fulfilling healthcare needs across 170 Rural Alaskan villages.
Now, prospective students have the opportunity to pursue the Community Health pathway to earn an Undergraduate Certificate or Associate of Applied Science at APU.
Community Health Aides must complete the following courses:
- Community Health Aide I
- Community Health Aide II
- Community Health Aide III
- Community Health Aide IV
- Community Health Aide Preceptorship
Community Health students participate in training sessions at a regional Training Centers and provide onsite care in their local village clinic.
Students interested in pursuing the Associate of Applied Science in Community Health will enroll in coursework designed to attain competencies in five areas:
- Effective Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Cultural & Historical Perspective
- Scientific Inquiry
- Ethical Engagement
These five competencies result in wide-ranging knowledge and skills that meet the critical workforce demands across many professions and industries in the state of Alaska.
To pursue the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Health, applicants must be employed by a Tribal Health Organization as a Community Health Aide. If you have already completed a Community Health Aide program and are interested in pursuing APU’s Associate of Applied Science in Community Health, please contact the APU Office of Admissions at 907-564-8248 for more information about your next steps!
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The Institute of Health & Wellness promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Counseling Psychology, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Honoring Alaska’s complex and distinctive histories, health care services, and systems of care, the Institute prepares students to address and engage in stewardship of our peoples and communities to promote community health and wellness for all.
The Nursing & Health Program Area is grounded in cultural competence and cultural safety, our nursing, community health, and health sciences programs provide pathways to professional goal attainment. We partner with care providers, health services, and Tribal organizations to ensure that our programs are relevant, respectful, and responsible. Join us now to meet the critical care needs of our communities.