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Home Health Aide Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 1.5
Term Effective: Fall 2014


The Home Health Aide Skills Certificate provides over 40 hours of lecture, skills lab, and clinical practice, and prepares students for work in skilled nursing facilities or residences. The program duration is 2 weeks, 4-5 days per week. Clinical hours are held in a skilled nursing facility. The program prepares students to take the competency examination for the Home Health Aide certificate issued by the California State Department of Health Services.
Home Health Aides care for elderly, convalescent, or handicapped persons in the home of the patient. They perform the above mentioned duties for patients including preparing meals and assisting with medications under the supervision of a Licensed Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse, or physician.
Employment opportunities are available in skilled nursing and personal care facilities, hospitals, and residential care agencies. Many individuals find jobs through temporary staffing agencies and home health care services. The job outlook is very good for this field. Individuals interested in career advancement may pursue further study to become licensed vocational nurses, and then registered nurses.
Licensure Note:
The California State Department of Health Services has specific legal requirements governing the certification of  Home Health Aides. Criminal background screening must be completed and the student cleared of criminal convictions before he/she can be competency tested or certified by the State of California. All students starting the program must be fingerprinted.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Meet State of California requirements for eligibility to take Home Health Aide (HHA) examination.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities expected of an entry-level HHA.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Home Health Aide program are:

  • Complete 1.5 units from
    • Home Health Aide Requirements

Home Health Aide Requirements - complete 1.50 units
NRA 150B Home Health Aide1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2014

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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