Home Health Assistant 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.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

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 1: Introduction to the Home Health Agency Roles

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 2: Medical and Social Needs of Home Care 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 of 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 3: Personal Care Services by the Home Health Aide

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.  This lesson will also provide information regarding proper body mechanics, patient safety, and infection control. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the personal care needs of the home health care patient.  

Lesson 4: Nutrition in Home Care

In this lesson, you will 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.  This lesson will prepare you to meet the specific nutritional needs of the clients you work with.

Lesson 5: Cleaning Tasks in the Home

In this lesson, you will learn about the cleaning tasks home health aides assist with.  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.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the guidelines for home maintenance and the cleaning tasks associated with home health care.

Lesson 6: Infection Prevention in Home Care

In this lesson, you will learn about infection prevention in the home.  One of the primary responsibilities of home health aides is to ensure the patient receives adequate care.  This involves reducing the spread of infection and maintaining a sanitary environment.  This lesson will provide guidelines and strategies for preventing infections in the home health care setting.  

Lesson 7: Beyond the Basics

This lesson will provide bonus readings for the home health care provider.  You will learn about the attributes of the ideal caregiver, as well as the common aspects associated with caregiving.  This lesson is intended to give you a greater understanding of what it means to be a caregiver through readings and engaging activities.

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. **