Home Health Aide

Ready to take the next step in your healthcare career or start a new, rewarding job? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of home health and personal care aides is projected to grow significantly through 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations—with over 711,000 job openings for home health and personal care aides projected each year, on average. This home health aide training course provides you with the essential knowledge and core competencies needed to...

12 Months / 280 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
Clinical Experience
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James Rumsey Technical Institute

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Course code: GES1018

What you will learn

  • The roles and responsibilities of the Home Health Aide in supporting the physical and safety needs of clients in the setting in the home or skilled facility
  • The differences between that of Home Health Aide (HHA) and a Nursing Assistant (NA)
  • The steps to provide personal and comfort care, along with the measurement and recording of vital signs and weight, in home health care and skilled facility
  • The role of the HHA/NA in supporting wellness and disorders of a newborn and Pediatric care
  • The roles and responsibilities of the HHA/NA in preventing the spread of infections
  • The effects of proper nutrition, a healthy meal management system, and an effective feeding environment for clients in the home health setting and skilled facility

How you will benefit

  • You will have a clear understanding of the task and duties of an HHA
  • You will have a clear understanding of how the duties of an HHA differs and relates to that of an NA
  • You will have the guidance of the clinical experience team to support obtaining the required clinical hours to become a home health aide

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 280 course hours
  1. Medical Terminology
    1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
    2. The Musculoskeletal System
    3. The Cardiovascular System
    4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Digestive System
    7. The Urinary System
    8. The Nervous System
    9. The Special Senses the Eyes and Ears
    10. The Integumentary System
    11. The Endocrine System
    12. The Reproductive System
    13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  2. Home Health Aide
    1. Concepts of Health Care
    2. Safety and Emergency Procedures
    3. Personal Care
    4. Documenting Vital Signs, Height, and Weight
    5. Nutrition, Fluid, and Meal Planning
    6. Feeding
    7. Infection Prevention
    8. Human Body System and Care: Integumentary (Skin)
    9. Human Body System and Care: Endocrine
    10. Human Body System and Care: Gastrointestinal
    11. Human Body System and Care: Respiratory
    12. Human Body System and Care: Cardiovascular
    13. Human Body System and Care: Renal
    14. Human Body System and Care: Reproductive
    15. Human Body System and Care: Nervous and Sensory
    16. Human Body System and Care: Musculoskeletal
    17. Human Body System and Care: Head and Neck
    18. Pregnancy, Post-Natal Care, and Pediatrics
    19. Restorative Care and Rehabilitation
    20. Mental and Emotional Health
    21. Clients Requiring Special Care
    22. Preparing for Your Career

Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Sharon L. Blackford

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a master's degree in Organizational Management, a bachelor's degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active-duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.

Stacey O'Brien

Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.

Leahnata Davis

Dr. Leahnata Davies has been a nurse public health expert and nurse leader for over 20 years. Her teaching philosophy for health education is grounded and intertwined with her philosophy of nursing. Her hands-on experience in the nursing field has shaped the kind of teacher and mentor she hopes to be. She would like to set a foundation integrated with evidence-based practice to provide the basis of professional practice while supporting students' emotional, intellectual, and educational needs. Her desire to teach is twofold: She is committed to improving care for patients, but also want to continue to share her love of learning and passion for addressing the needs of the community, the healthcare system, and the learners. As an educator, she hopes to accomplish this through critical engagement, collaboration, and lifelong learning. Her health care experience includes progressive experience in clinical and public health, health care administration, case management, health education and instruction. As a public health expert, Dr. Davies has extensive experience assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating delivery of optimal care and services in diverse health care settings including managing and executing government-funded care programs. In addition to Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Science from Walden University, Dr. Davies holds a Master of Public Health degree from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Felician College, Lodi NJ.

Kate Moura Dos Santos

Kate Moura Dos Santos currently resides along the east coast in the beautiful state of Vermont. She started her career in the medical field in 1981 in the US ARMY as an active-duty Medical Secretary. After an honorable discharge, she became a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) and Home Health Aide. She has worked in various capacities and disciplines including Med Surg, Neurology, ICU, Cardiac ICU, inpatient facilities as well as skilled nursing facilities, private homes, inpatient psych units and Alzheimer's memory units. She became so confident in her skills as an LNA, that in 2001, she became owner and operator of "Changing Seasons Home Health Care". She realized while operating her home care business, that she enjoyed teaching and training others in becoming proficient as an LNA, home health care aide.

Carmen Reed

Carmen Reed became a certified nursing assistant in 2004 and worked in an acute rehabilitation center and later a medical surgical unit while attending nursing school. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and continued working at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a medical surgical nurse for 8 years. After starting a family, she entered the field of school nursing which was also very rewarding. Most recently, she has worked as a clinical review nurse, evaluating clinical decisions among nurses at hospitals across the country. While challenging at times, she truly enjoys her career in nursing and is grateful for all the opportunities it has brought her.

Mary Mould

Mary Mould has a bachelor's in veterinary technology and a master's in education. She has taught veterinary technology courses for 22 years and distance education for over 24 years. Completing her education through distance learning has been extremely helpful in understanding her students and the variables that go along with distance learning.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


This program is designed to prepare you for an entry-level position as a home health aide. You do not need any prior experience or training in this field, but you should be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

State Requirements:

This course is offered in the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CT, DE, GA, FL, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NM, OH, TX, SC, SD, VA, and WV.

Federal standards for Home Health Aides require a minimum of 16 hours of clinical experience. This course includes a clinical experience guide and access to a support team who will assist you in obtaining a clinical experience opportunity. Some states require you to be a CNA prior to becoming an HHA, and although many states do not exceed federal standards, you must ensure that this course meets the requirements to work as a home health aide in your state. Visit your state's health government site or call your state board and ask for the current home health aide regulations and clinical requirements in your state.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.11 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.

The following digital textbook for the Medical Terminology are accessed via links in the lessons:

  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions (eBook)

The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Home Health Aide course:

  • Nursing Assistant: A Nursing Process Approach, 12th Edition, by Barbara Acello and Barbara Hegner
  • Workbook to Accompany Nursing Assistant: A Nursing Process Approach, 12 Edition, by Barbara Acello and Barbara Hegner.

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for home health aides is expected to increase 22%by 2032. Indeed.com also reports that the average salary for a home health aide is $33,350 per year in the U.S.

A home health aide provides health care services within the home of the client for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF) and is associated with daily living such as assistance with personal care, housekeeping, and companionship.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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