While the minimum educational requirement for a home health aide is only a high school diploma, those working for organizations that are reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid must meet federal and state education requirements, and they need to be certified. Students can get the necessary training and exam preparation by earning an undergraduate certificate.
Schools with Home Health Aide Programs
The list below details a selection of two-year public colleges that provide the necessary education for aspiring home health aides.
|College||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|American River College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,104 in-state,
|Chaffey College||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,153 in-state,
|Santa Barbara City College||Santa Barbara, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,374 in-state,
|Johnson County Community College||Overland Park, KS||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $2,730 in-district,
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for home health aide schools:
- Students generally find increased employment opportunities if they are certified, so those interested in passing the necessary state exams should look into the kind of exam preparation the school offers.
- Prospective students may want to inquire about the percentage of students who pass the state certification exams.
- Students may consider whether they also want to enroll in a combined home health aide/certified nursing assistant (CNA) preparation program, since some schools offer these programs together.
- Some home health aide programs require applicants to hold a CNA designation prior to enrollment; students must consider their program options based on their previous educational background.
Certificate programs for home health aides typically include a mixture of basic medical coursework and practical training, thereby providing the educational background necessary for state certification to work in the field. To enroll in some programs, students need to have previously earned the CNA credential, but some schools include home health aide curriculum within a broader CNA program. Depending on the school's scheduling format, programs can last for a few weeks or a few months. Some schools also offer relevant coursework online.
Students who want to become home health aides can get basic training in patient care through a certificate program at a two-year college. These workers can also benefit from CNA training, either before or simultaneously with a home health aide certificate.