Summit Academy is not currently accepting new enrollments for the Community Health Worker program.


Community Health Worker (CHW) with CNA Training

Give us 20 weeks and we’ll help you change your life! As one of the premier vocational schools in Minnesota, our curriculum has already helped hundreds of graduates launch rewarding careers in healthcare at some of the most innovative companies in Minnesota.

Our Community Health Worker (CHW) training was crafted to plug you directly into the most relevant techniques and practices in the healthcare industry. This hands-on training course is designed to teach CPR, medical documentation, health education and other industry practices. The relationships formed with your fellow students, industry mentors, and guest speakers provide you an invaluable network of passionate, diverse healthcare allies to call upon throughout your career. 

Summit Approach

We provide knowledge that works. Real-world career preparation and the hands-on experience employers demand without the cost of other institutions. Are you ready?

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What does a Community Health Worker do?

Community Health Workers are frontline public health workers who have a close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables them to serve as a liaison between health and social services and the clients they serve. The goal is to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. In addition to becoming a CHW, you can be trained as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) as well. A CNA is a person who assists patients with healthcare needs and cares for a patient who is ill or recovering from a surgery or disease. These combined teachings will give you a step up in the medical field.  

The course is 20 weeks and consists of two phases

Tuition is 100% covered

Summit is not currently enrolling for this program

Internship included with program

Class schedule is Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

CHW Essential Duties

  • Create connections between vulnerable populations and the healthcare system
  • Coordination of care transitions for clients
  • Assist clients with enrollment in programs and benefits for which they are eligible
  • Encourage cultural competence among healthcare professionals serving vulnerable populations
  • Advocate for vulnerable populations within the healthcare system and the community at large
  • Resource navigation and referrals

What You Will Learn

  • Medical documentation
  • Basic computer skills
  • Health education
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Health legal issues
  • Microsoft Office
  • Disease management
  • Communication skills


Our school is actively looking for candidates who want a new career in the fields of construction, healthcare or information technology. You will not need to make any tuition payments or take out any student loans. We work to ensure your tuition is paid for entirely by grants, scholarships, and contracts.

Enrollment Steps

  1. Attend an Information Session
  2. Turn in Application at the Information Session
  3. Take the Assessment Exam
  4. Complete your FAFSA & meet with financial aid advisor
  5. Attend New Student Orientation

Tuition to Change Your Future

You will have NO OUT-OF-POCKET expenses to cover tuition and no extra fees to pay. Our financial aid office is committed to administering gift aid to ensure that your tuition is covered. As an institution, we do not participate in Federal or State Student Loan programs, so there are NO LOANS TO PAY BACK.


$0 to the Student


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Why should you enroll at Summit?

There are a million reasons to consider us as the school for you, but one thing is for sure: you’ve come to the right place! Watch our video.

For more information on admission requirements, campus visits, and other opportunities, visit our Admissions page. You can see the necessary steps to enroll there.

Program Curriculum & Schedule

Weeks 1-10


Students come to our school from different backgrounds and with varying levels of experience. Phase 1 is our way of ensuring everyone shows up to the first day of in-class instruction ready to speak the same language and successfully learn together. You’ll ramp up your classroom experience over 10 weeks and learn a variety of hard skills that include Microsoft Office, HIPAA and medical terminology.

You’ll also learn soft skills such as communication, interview techniques, and cultural competency. You will also start to build camaraderie with your peers through study sessions.

Background Check

The healthcare industry is not felony friendly. Any violent, drug-or theft-related felony will disqualify you from employment. Reduced charges, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors may also disqualify you, depending on the nature of the crime and the time elapsed since the offense occurred.


  • Basic keyboarding & Microsoft Office
  • English for healthcare 1 & 2
  • Communication skills and cultural competency

Topics covered:

  • Legal & ethical principles
  • Organization & resources
  • Documentation, interviewing & reporting


Weeks 11-20


Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundational skills you learned in Phase 1. This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in the healthcare industry. Part of the Phase 2 training is obtaining your CNA through our partnership with the Red Cross.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the healthcare industry and practical experience with your hands-on training internship.


  • Learn problem-solving
  • Working for business
  • Gain familiarity with work enviorment

Topics covered:

  • Core concepts in health & disease mangement 1 & 2
  • Teaching & capacity building
  • Red Cross CNA certification
  • Community internship

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