Community Health Worker/Home Visitor Certificate Course


Community Health Worker/Home Visitor

Certificate Course

The Santa Fe Community College Community Health Worker/Home Visiting Certification course is the best way to prepare for a job in home visiting. It teaches students the skills needed to apply to any home visiting program and allows them to apply for a CHW Certificate from the New Mexico Department of Health.

In this one-semester course (consisting of two eight-week classes) students earn 10 higher education credits while learning foundational home visitation skills including communication, navigating difficult conversations with families, ethical practice, pregnancy, birth, postpartum support, early childhood development, screening tools, linking families to community resources, managing home visits, record-keeping, and more.

Community Health Worker/Home Visiting certification information
  • This course is being offered Fall 2024 in English 
  • The two 8-week courses leading to certification run from mid-August to early December
  • Class meets once a week on Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm, via Zoom
  • There are significant readings and assignments, as well as a practicum outside of class
  • The instructor is very supportive and ESL-friendly (knows some Spanish)
  • Scholarships are available to those who qualify – let’s find out if you do!
  • A $500 stipend will be awarded to students who complete the two 8-week courses with a final grade of C or higher

Ready to take the next step?  Fill out the short form at the link and we will email you information on the course, registration, and scholarships within two business days.


Nicole Jones, CHW, CLC (ALPP)
CHW Instructor

Born and raised in Santa Fe NM, Nicole is married and has three adult children. While her kids were school age, Nicole worked as a nurse assistant for Santa Fe Public Schools while working on a degree in Human Services through Santa Fe Community College. She has been a Home Visitor for the First Born Program and loves preparing students for a career in home visiting.


Working as a nurse assistant sparked interest in the medical field which lead to the pursuit of a degree and certificate in Medical Assisting. Nicole completed an internship in the field of oncology while working under a surgeon specializing in breast cancer and had the opportunity to observe several lifesaving procedures in the operating room. She has 20 years of home visiting experience and more than ten years of experience with the First Born® Home Visiting program.


  • Offers students foundational skills to be successful home visitors or community health workers.
  • Ties 10 higher education credits with home visitation training.
  • Credits earned in this class can be applied toward an AA in Human Services.
  • Is completed in one semester with two, eight-week classes.
  • Utilizes online learning to create a community of learners from across the state. There is one class per week, via Zoom.
  • Assignments are completed through an online learning platform, weekly discussion board, quizzes, and reflection papers.
  • Is formatted to allow students to complete the semester while working full-time.
  • Is intended for anyone interested in learning more about home visiting including, but not limited to, home visitors, people considering home visiting or early childhood as a future career, and early interventionists.