List of Free Home Health Aide Training Materials and Courses

See our list of the top free online courses for home health aides. Learn what courses are available, what topics they cover and whether you can use them to get college credit.

Free Online Course Info

Students won't have to register, pay tuition or travel to complete these courses. However, learners don't earn grades or credits or interact personally with teachers and classmates. Also, the free materials available online may not represent all of the materials from the original, face-to-face courses.

Current Trends in Home Health Care for the Medicare Population at the University of California - Irvine

Learners will view the video of a professor/researcher presenting introductory information about Medicare home health care benefits, trends in home health care expenditures and related topics, such as quality of care, risk factors screening and assessment. This presentation was part of a public health seminar in 2012.

Experiences of Assessment at Open University

Audio clips of assessment interviews, accompanied by print transcripts, are available to learners for this 1-hour unit that addresses the strategies of assessing care and support needs. Select professionals in the field also listen and comment on the interviews.

First Aid, CPR and AED at American Red Cross

The Red Cross recommends that individuals certified in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) complete refresher courses at least every 3 months. This site offers refresher training in first aid/CPR/AED for individuals, workplaces and schools, in addition to a refresher course in CPR/AED for health care providers and professional rescuers. Users review skills and test their own knowledge through text, images, quizzes and videos.

Health Issues for Aging Populations at Johns Hopkins University

Students view PowerPoint slides for 14 of the 15 lectures in this course on topics such as demography of aging, clinical aspects of aging, functional capacity/disability, prevention of disease, informal care-giving and ethical issues. Users will access many of the readings through links provided.

Learn CPR at the University of Washington

Learners will view illustrated guides and online videos on topics such as CPR for various age groups, CPR for household pets, self-CPR and choking. Users also have access to CPR history, frequently asked questions, facts and links, in addition to a CPR quiz and Ask the Doctor questions/answers, with contact-by-email capability.

Nutrition and Medicine at Tufts University

In this introductory course, students experience 15 lectures through outlines, text or slides. Topics include dietary assessment, dietary changes, eating patterns, exercise, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Users also have access to a variety of PDF supplementary materials.

Patient Communication Skills at the University of Michigan

Although this resource is part of the curriculum designed to teach dental students effective communication skills, the course points out that the techniques are also appropriate for a variety of health care providers. Students will access videos of staged positive/negative interactions and PDF text documents.

Understanding Cardiovascular Diseases at Open University

Aimed at the both the general public and health care professionals, this course addresses topics such as impairment of blood vessels' function, symptoms of cardiovascular disease and available treatments. Users will access materials in print and image formats and will test their knowledge through a quiz with answers readily revealed for immediate feedback.

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