Minimal educational and training qualifications are required for HHAs. Home health agencies and other employers will require HHAs to meet training requirements
mandated by the state.
As a HHA, you can fulfill the requirements in various ways. HHAs may receive classroom training as a new hire from an employer or potentially have on-the-job training from another experienced HHA, registered nurse (RN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN).
You can receive formal training opportunities from:
- Local community colleges
- Vocational schools
- Elder care programs
- Home health care agencies
Typical coursework included in a training program include: HHA Introduction, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, Basic Life Support, and Medication Mathematics. If you work for an employer that receives federal government compensation from Medicare or Medicaid, you must complete at least a 75 hour training program along with 16 hours of supervised training.
Once training is completed, a new HHA may be required to complete a competency evaluation to ensure they can properly perform tasks as required for their patients.
Without additional or advanced training, advancement within the HHA field is limited.
Click here for more information on how to get HHA certification and training.