Home Health Aide Career Prep

154 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Home Health Aides work directly with individuals in their homes to provide assistance with daily living and self-care tasks.  Home health aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.  This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the Home Health Aide profession through the use of theoretical and practical applications.  Students will learn about the medical and social needs of home health care clients, as well as the nutrition, personal care, cleaning, and infection control tasks required of Home Health Aides. Upon completion of this course, students will be fully prepared to begin working with clients in their homes. In addition,  this course will provide an initial educational foundation for students preparing to take state licensing or certification exams. However, since the requirements for each state differ, students will have to conduct their own research to determine state-specific certification requirements. Depending on the state requirements, the student may need to complete additional coursework or additional licensing requirements (e.g. externship or other work experience) beyond the completion of this course.

Students will:
  • Identify the home health agency rules
  • Describe the medical and social needs of home health care clients.
  • Identify the personal care services that are provided by the home health aide.
  • Identify the nutritional support needs of home care clients.
  • Describe the cleaning tasks that home health aides are responsible for.
  • Identify the infection prevention strategies used in home health care.
  • Identify the additional tasks that a home health aide may be expected to perform beyond the scope of basic job functions.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

Course Outline:

Lesson One: Home Care and the Healthcare System

In this lesson, you will learn about the roles of the home health agency.  You will learn about state and federal requirements for HHA certification, as well as the purpose and goals of home health care. You will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of the home health aide.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the roles of the home health agency and will be prepared to delve into the specific components of home health care.

Lesson Two: Building a Foundation

In this lesson, you will build a foundation of skills that will help you provide the best care for your clients.  You will identify the specific physical care responsibilities of home health aides, and develop communication skills and cultural awareness. This lesson will also provide information regarding proper body mechanics, patient safety, infection control, and emergency care and disaster preparation. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the basic foundational responsibilities of the home health aide.

Lesson Three: A Holistic Approach to Understanding Clients

In this lesson, you will learn about the medical and social needs of home care clients.  You will identify the specific physical care responsibilities of home health aides, including the care needs of special populations such as the elderly, mentally ill, and those with physical and developmental disabilities. You will also learn about the different levels of need for home care patients and will develop strategies to assist them in each level.  Finally, you will learn about common diseases and disorders in the home health care setting.

Lesson Four: Developing Personal Care and Basic Healthcare Skills

In this lesson, you will learn about the personal care services performed by home health aides. Most patients will require assistance with personal care, and the home health aide is responsible for providing that assistance. This lesson will provide specific guidelines for providing personal care.  You will learn about positioning, transfers and ambulation, core healthcare skills, personal healthcare skills, and the various medications and technology common in home healthcare settings.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the personal care services performed by home health aides.

Lesson Five: Special Clients, Special Needs

In this lesson, you will learn about the specific medical and social needs of home care clients with special needs. You will identify the specific physical care responsibilities of home health aides for special populations such as the elderly, mentally ill, and those with physical and developmental disabilities. You will also learn about the different levels of care for new mothers, infants, and children. Hospice and palliative care is a special field of home health care, and this lesson will provide information regarding the responsibilities of home health aides when dealing with dying and hospice care patients.  Finally, you will learn about providing rehabilitation and restorative care in the home health setting.

Lesson Six: Practical Knowledge and Skills in Home Management

In this lesson, you will learn about the household maintenance and daily care tasks that a home health aide is responsible for. You will learn about the importance of maintaining a clean environment for your clients, and the risks involved with unsanitary conditions. Since most patients require home health care because of limitations, they are typically unable to perform many cleaning tasks. Therefore, the home health aide is responsible for assisting in this area. You will also learn about the role of nutrition in-home care. You will learn about the varying nutritional needs of the home health care patients, as well as the guidelines for providing proper nutrition. You will learn about the different types of nutrition and feeding adaptations. You will also learn about food safety guidelines and the proper handling and distribution of food.

Lesson Seven: Finding and Maintaining Employment

In this lesson, you will learn about the Home Health Aide job search process. You will learn about the different career options available to home health aides. You will also learn how to secure and maintain employment. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of how to pursue and maintain employment as a home health aide.

All necessary materials included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **