Are you ready to start your HHA classes?
Whether you're a first-time student of higher education, or you're returning to school to change your career, home health aide training is an excellent way to begin a career in the healthcare field.
In this article, we walk you through the entire process. From learning where to take your home health aide classes, what to expect once your initial training is complete, and everything in between, we want to help jump-start your research so that you can find an HHA class to enroll in!
Where can I take HHA classes?
Classes are available through a variety of schools, agencies, and formats depending on where in the country you live. As you research your program, consider the options that may work best for you.
Not everyone learns in the same style, and not everyone has the same resources to attend the same type of home health aide training.
It is important to remember that there are many options available, and you are sure to find the right one for you!
Are there requirements to apply for home health aide classes?
Most types of schooling have some sort of entrance standards to begin training, and HHA training is no different.
Typical requirements to start your classes include:
In addition to typical entrance requirements, agencies that offer free training to potential employees may also look for these things:
How much do HHA classes cost?
But cost can truly vary, from free to upwards of $1500, and is decided by a number of factors:
Things like where in the country your training is located, who regulates your training facility, and what type of funds your training facility accepts from patients as compensation can all have an affect on the out-of-pocket expense you may owe.
Can I take my HHA classes for free?
It is also not uncommon to find home health agencies willing to provide free HHA training and job placement to eligible participants, provided they meet entrance requirements and agree to an employment contract upon their successful completion.
Can I take my HHA classes online?
Yes, HHA training is available online.
And while some people prefer it, the online learning format is not for everyone. As you research your programs, consider:
Be sure you thoroughly review the program curriculum and accreditation before signing up to make sure you are not wasting your time on a program that will not benefit you.
If you do find a home health aide online training program that may be right for you, be sure to check with your state and some desired future employers to be sure your certification will be acceptable.
Learn more about getting your home health aide certification online.
What will I learn during my HHA classes?
While programs may include information that is specific to your state, all home health aide classes must include the topics outlined below, per the Code of Federal Regulations 484.36:
Who teaches certified home health aide classes?
Every part of your program will require instruction by or under the direct supervision of a registered nurse. This RN will have no less than two years of experience, with at least one year directly providing home health care.
In other words, they’ll have been there and done that! Who better to learn your skills from?
How long are classes?
You can expect a minimum of 75 hours of instruction.
Your home health aide program will include a combination of classroom and supervised practical training.
“Supervised practical training” means you will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge you acquired in the classroom in a laboratory or other setting – hands-on training at it’s finest!
While federal law does not specify the amount of time that must be spent in each, it does dictate that at least 16 hours of classroom training be provided prior to a student beginning their minimum 16 hours of supervised practical training.
Can I take my home health aide training in Spanish or any other languages?
Classes can be taught in a variety of languages, and are likely to be more available in areas with a higher demand.
Keep in mind that all programs and instructors must receive the appropriate state approvals to be valid. This means that programs approved in English cannot simply be taught in another language - the additional language must be approved as well.
Contact your state’s health department to be directed to approved non-English programs in your area.
Will there be a test and the end of my classes?
Once you have completed the required classroom and supervised practical training, the Code of Federal Regulations specifies that a competency evaluation must be performed before you begin working in your field.
This final evaluation will combine a written or oral exam and a demonstration of the home health aide skills you learned during your training.
While exact home health aide testing standards may vary by state and agency, they must all require:
Are there continuing education requirements to be a home health aide?
Exact requirements can vary by state and agency, but you can expect a minimum of:
In other words, you will be a life long learner!
Now that your armed with plenty of information about your HHA classes, you're ready to take the first step toward the career of your dreams! You can check out some of our additional resources to learn even more about this exciting field!