Can I Take Free Home Health Aide Classes Online?

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Quick answer, no you will not be able to find any schools offering free home health aide classes online.

Thinking about it in context, online learning resources go to great lengths to ensure the “classroom” experience you receive is worth it.

From producing ebooks, to videos to supplement the lesson, to interactive online quizzes, your HHA classes online are made at a cost to the company, and will therefore come at a cost to you.

If there are no schools offering free home health aide classes online, what’s the next best thing?

It is possible to get your home health aide certification online for less than $100. You can also find online schools willing to offer payment plans, with little or no money due at registration.

Just know that the convenience you receive for learning the materials on your own terms will likely cost you some money.

So what happens if you find a website that says they offer free HHA training online?

Be very cautious.

There could be legitimate free home health aide classes online available – but if you find one being advertised, it is important that you do your research and verify its validity before signing up.

And if you do find a program offering free HHA training, let us know about it! We’d love to check them out.

What are diploma mills and why you should know about them?

With the rise of the online learning format, there has also, unfortunately, been a rise in “diploma mill” websites.

Sites such as these often lure potential students with promises of little or no cost training, only to ask for more money before allowing you to complete the program. And since the sites are not recognized by local or federal education regulators, the diploma or certification they offer is usually not valid for the type of work you wish to pursue once earned.

The U.S. Department of Education has excellent resources available to help you identify “diploma mill” programs and accreditation.

Here Are 5 Quick Tips to Help Avoid Online Scams

1. Visit the website. Does it look sketchy? A good training program should have plenty of information about their course and curriculum. Read their mission statement and vision to determine if they will help you meet your goals.

2. Research the program. Is the program accredited? Any reputable program online or online education website will discuss its credentials, including the agency that they are accredited by and when it was accredited. If you cannot find this information, that should raise a red flag.

3. Research the accrediting agency. Are you sure the accrediting agency is legitimate? You can check to see if the accrediting agency is real by checking USDE’s List of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies, or check CHEA’s online database of recognized regional and specialized accrediting agencies.

4. Check the Better Business Bureau. Still having doubts? If you are still having doubts check with the BBB about the program’s credibility.

5. Check for reviews. Can you find online reviews? Do you know anyone who has completed the program? Check to see if there are any online reviews about the school you’re researching, and make sure that the reviews are from honest, real people and not just a promotional ad trying to sell you on the program.

Once you’ve done your research and feel the online training program is worth looking into further, here’s the most important part to remember:

Check With Your State’s Licensing Agency to Ensure the Certification You Receive is Valid for the Work You Wish to Pursue

There would be nothing worse than putting your hard earned time and money into training that didn’t lead you anywhere, so it’s important to verify that information before you sign any registration or enrollment paperwork.

When speaking with your local state department (you can find your state info here), make sure you tell them you are:

  • Looking for training to become a home health aide and
  • Wish to verify the online program you’ve selected is valid

They will likely verify the hours and hands-on training requirements necessary for your state that you can then use to measure your school’s program against.

Lastly, if you have a desired place of employment in mind, it doesn’t hurt to reach out to their HR department to confirm they would accept the HHA certification you receive from your desired online training program.

Since legitimate home health agencies are required to strictly adhere to federal and state regulations, they could be an excellent back-up source for you to verify your online training program.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully you now know what to look out for when researching education websites. You never know, maybe some day in the future free home health aide classes online will exist. And if that day ever comes, we will be sure to let you all know about it!

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