Home Health Aide

Professional Medical Careers Institute offers home health aide training for CNA's, this certification is preferred by many home health employers. The course provides required training for state certification and 28 continuing education units for C.N.A.'s.

The Certified Home Health Aide class includes 20 hours each of theory and clinical. Students who complete a Nursing Assistant course and pass the state exam may continue into this course. This class can also be taken concurrently with PMCI’s Nursing Assistant program as an optional add-on. The course provides 28 Continuing Education Credits.

Sample Syllabus:

  • Introduction to Aide and Agency Role (2 theory hours)
  • Interpretation of Medical and Social Needs of Clients (5 theory hours)
  • Personal Care Services (5 theory hours / 15 clinical hours)
  • Nutrition (5 theory hours / 3 clinical hours)
  • Cleaning and Care Tasks in the Home (3 theory hours / 2 clinical hours)

The intent of this curriculum is threefold: To promote quality of care in the home care setting, to provide entry-level skills for employment as a home health aide and to expand the role of the CNA as paraprofessional. To achieve its threefold purpose, the Home Health Aide Curriculum is based upon the following beliefs:

  • Individuals have the right to receive optimum health care delivered in a home care setting by competent caregivers.
  • The home health aide is an important member of the health care team. The home health aide, supervised by licensed professional personnel, provides direct and supportive care to the client, promotes comfort measures, and collects, records, and reports data in the home care setting.
  • A significant amount of home care is given by non-professionals. Therefore, the HHA must respect and interact effectively with clients, families, and other personal and professional caregivers.
  • Learning occurs in an atmosphere of mutual respect, where questioning is welcomed, problem solving is encouraged, and opportunities for guided practice are provided.
  • Individuals have the right to the fulfillment of their basic physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.

Goals & Objectives

The Home Health Aide Model Curriculum has been developed to prepare CNA’s for certification as a home health aide by the State of California. This certification allows the home health aide to function as an entry-level worker on a health care team in a home health agency. The curriculum is structured to provide theory and practical application of knowledge and skill needed to function as a home health aide.

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