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 HIV/STD Prevention Education

What will this program do for me?
The curriculum for the HIV/STD Prevention Educator Certificate is designed to train students as a paraprofessionals in AIDS and STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) prevention. Through academic preparation, practical skills training, and service to the CCSF community, certificate candidates learn to a) provide accurate, timely information; b) apply behavior change theory to real-life situations; c) create and produce safer sex events such as HIV/STD prevention advice; e) make referrals; and f) assist our diverse population in a culturally and sexually sensitive manner. Students also learn to recognize and address co-factors which increase the risk of infection, such as alcohol and drug use, sexual abuse and assault, low self-esteem and poor communication skills.

What kind of job can I get once I complete the program?
Many program graduates pursue careers in HIV/STD prevention working for community-based organizations and Health Departments. Others become Community Health Workers, Drug and Alcohol Counselors, sex educators, nurses, social workers and members of other helping professions.

How much can I earn in this career?
The starting salary at the San Francisco Department of Public Health is $25,000 - $30,000 a year with full benefits. Community-based organization service providers usually pay less. Please refer to Occupational Outlook Handbook for current information on salary and job prospects.

How long will the program take?
Most students complete the program in four semesters. Students with previous work experience in the field of HIV/STD prevention may be able to complete the certificate in three semesters. Go to Program Curriculum for specific course requirements.

How do I enroll?
For new students, click here to apply for admission. You may also call Admissions directly at (415) 239-3285. Next, take the City College Placement Test and attend the program orientation. You must then arrange for an appointment with an advisor. You may also enroll on the first day of classes after meeting with the program advisor. Bring your placement scores and unofficial transcripts for any classes you have completed.

Where will classes be held?
All classes are held at the Phelan Campus. Please refer to the Schedules for Credit Classes for more information on class times and locations.

Where do I get more information?
Please call us at (415) 239-3285 and we will be happy to speak with you directly or send you information. You may also view the Department Web site: HIV/STD Education.

What time of day are classes offered?
Classes are held in the afternoons from 12 - 3pm, and 1 - 4pm. Please refer to the Schedules for Credit Classes for more information on class times and locations.

What time of day are classes offered?
Please refer to the Schedules for Credit Classes for more information on class times and locations. Students may enter the program in the Spring or Fall semester.

What are the requirements for receiving a Certificate?
The HIV/STD Prevention Educator Certificate consists of 12 units, which may be completed in three or four semesters. Students must earn a final grade of C or higher. The courses are: Health 67 HIV/AIDS Peer Education-3units, Health 68 HIV/AIDS Peer Education: Advanced Issues-3 units, and Health 69 HIV/AIDS Peer Education: Directed Practice-3 units (Health 69 must be taken twice for a total of 6 units). Students who presents documented proof of two years satisfactory work experience in HIV and STD prevention work may waive 3 units (Health 67). However these students must still complete a minimum of 9 units in the program.

How much money can I expect to spend?
Please refer to Tuition Information for specifics on costs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at (415) 239-3576. (Books and supplies are generally $200 - $250).

Program Curriculm Course Description

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