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To be eligible for training, an individual must be employed by a tribal health organization (THO) operating a Community Health Aide Program (CHAP). There are four sessions of CHAP training. Each lasts three to four weeks. Between sessions, CHAs work in their clinics completing a skills list and practicum.
After sucessful completion of the four-session training curriculum and clinical skills preceptorship and examination, the CHA qualifies as a Community Health Practitioner (CHP). CHA/Ps at any level of training may obtain certification by the Community Health Aide Program Certification Board (CHAPCB).
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 preventative services, including prenatal and well-child care. 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 requirements, students are awarded a CHP credential 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 Associates of Applied Science degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).
The CHAP Academic Review Committee (ARC) is composed of representatives from the tribal health organizations, CHAP training centers and University of Alaska Fairbanks. ARC ensures that the curriculum and credentialing process is kept uniform throughout the program. ARC reports to the Association of Community Health Aide Program Directors and serves in an advisory role to the Dean of the College of Rural and Community Development, UAF.
For more information about the CHA basic training program, contact one of the CHAP training centers listed on page 2 of the Resource List.