Home Health Aide Training Program

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Program Description

This training program was developed following the Department of Health Services guidelines for the education of nurse assistants to become certified home health aides.  It was designed as a 40-hour add-on course to follow a nurse assistant curriculum that meets Federal and State training regulations.

The intent of this curriculum is threefold:

1.) To promote quality of care in the home care setting

2.) To provide entry-level skills for employment as a home health aide and

3.) To expand the role of a C.N.A. as a paraprofessional.

Admission Requirements

1.  Must be a Certified Nursing Assistant to enroll

2.  License and CPR must be current

3.  Health screening and TB test must be current

Admission Procedure

To apply for admission, the applicant must:

1.  Contact the college to schedule an interview and a tour of the college facilities

2.  Visit the college and receive an application packet and a list of admission requirements.

3.  Submit all completed documentation as listed in the admission requirements.

4.  Pay a non-refundable application fee of seventy five dollars ($75.00) upon enrollment

5.  Attend an Orientation prior to start date of program.

Program Goals and Objectives

The objective is to prepare CNA’s for certification as a home health aide by the State of California.  The curriculum is structured to provide theory and practical applications to function as a home health health aides help the elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in their own homes instead of a health facility.  Some help discharged patients who have relatively short-term needs.  They work for licensed home care agencies and provide basic nursing care in private homes or hospice programs under the supervision of Registered Nurses.

Home health provide health-related services.  They teach patients to care for themselves despite illness or disability.  They may also care for children of their sick or disabled patient.

Employment Opportunities

Home health aides work in patient’s home where other family members live.  They also work in hospice settings caring for patients who are dying.  They may work full-time, part-time, or on-call, depending on patient needs.

Per labor market information, the job outlook for Home health aides is excellent.  With more people living longer, more Californians are living with disability and/or illness.  Most people needing care would prefer being cared for in their home rather than a nursing home or hospital, leading to more jobs for home health aides.  Jobs are expected to increase by 43.6 percent, or 23, 700 jobs between 2008 and 2018.  In California, an average of 2,370 new job opening per year is expected, plus an additional 540 job openings due to net replacement needs, resulting in a total of 2,910 job openings.

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