Students who plan to become home health aides can find relevant training at one of several Florida schools. Most programs result in certificates of achievement, and students can expect to spend as little as 40 hours in training or as much as 240 hours in training, depending on the program. Some programs prepare students to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs) whereas other programs may require students to already be CNAs. There are different licensing requirements for CNAs as compared to home health aides.
Although Florida does not require certification or licensing for home health aides, individuals who plan to become home health aides need to show proof of at least 40 hours of home health aide training to work for a licensed agency. Furthermore, they need at least 75 hours of training to work for a Medicare or Medicaid home health agency. Profiled below are 6 public colleges in the state that offer home health aide training.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Situated in Jacksonville, this 4-year school, which has an enrollment of 30,000, offers home health aide training through its Florida Coast Career Tech division. Students explore basic health care concepts, like safety, nutrition, and the health care delivery system. In addition, the home health aide program focuses on the specific role of the home health aide as an assistant to a registered nurse. During the course of the program, students complete 40 hours of internships at nursing facilities and home health agencies to gain hands-on experience. This program requires 165 contact hours, and students earn 5.5 workforce credits.
George Stone Technical Center
Located in Pensacola, this school offers a variety of certificate programs. Students enrolled in the 215-hour home health aide program, which takes 9 weeks to complete, take courses in basic health care, nurse aide, and home health aide. In addition to paying tuition and fees, students must purchase uniforms and other supplies. Graduates of this program receive two completion of program certificates, and they're eligible to take the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.
Immokalee Technical Center
This technical center located in the city of Immokalee is a certificate-granting institution that enrolls less than 500 students. Students who wish to pursue a career in home health care can enroll in the school's nursing assistant and home health aide program. This program introduces students to the role of the nursing assistant, afflictions like Alzheimer's disease, and care of the client at home. Immokalee students also learn to prepare a resume that showcases their skills. The program can be completed in 240 hours. Graduates should be prepared to take the Florida CNA exam.
Lake Technical Center
Lake Technical Center is located in the city of Eustis. More than 600 students are enrolled in the certificate programs offered at this school. Lake Technical offers a home health aide program that can be completed in 6 weeks. The program requires students to complete 165 hours of coursework. Students focus on providing personal care and comfort for clients as well as on their legal and ethical responsibilities as home health aides.
Seminole State College of Florida
Seminole State College is a public, 4-year school located in Sanford. Seminole State offers over 130 degree and certificate programs and enrolls over 18,000 students, 58% of whom attend part-time. The home health aide program is intended for students who are already licensed as CNAs or who are currently enrolled in the nursing assistant program at Seminole State. The curriculum includes both classes and clinical practice. Courses cover topics like legal and ethical HHA considerations, personal care, household management, activity maintenance, and food preparation.
Technical Education Center - Osceola
The Technical Education Center - Osceola is located in Kissimmee. This small, public school offers more than 25 certificate programs. Home health aide students learn about communication and interpersonal skills as well as legal and ethical responsibilities. They also learn basic first aid and CPR. Graduates of this 75-hour program are prepared to provide personal care and comfort to clients in their homes.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Home Health Aide Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, public; large city||Home Health Aide Workforce Certificate||$105 per credit hour in-state, $401 per credit hour out-of-state (2017-2018)*|
|George Stone Technical Center||2-year, public; large suburb||Home Health Aide Program||$477 in-state; $1,919 out-of-state*|
|Immokalee Technical Center||2-year, public; small city||Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program||$5,296**|
|Lake Technical Center||2-year, public; small suburb||Home Health Aide Program||$4,872**|
|Seminole State College of Florida||4-year, public; small city||Home Health Aide Vocational Certificate||$3,131 in-state, $11,456 out-of-state**|
|Technical Education Center - Osceola||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Home Health Aide Program||$1,360 (2019)*|
Sources: *School's websites, **NCES, College Navigator