Certified Home Health Aide Education Requirements and Career Info

Working as a certified home health aide requires minimal formal education. Learn about the training, job duties and certification to see if this is the right career for you.

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Essential Information

Certified home health aides provide basic medical and domestic care. This career may include local travel between clients, exposure to bodily fluids and physical assistance or heavy lifting. A high school diploma and hands-on training are the minimum requirements for pursuing a career in this field. Certification qualifications vary by state.

Required Education High school diploma
Other Requirements Some positions, depending on employer and state, require certification
Projected Job Growth (2012-2022) 48% for all home health aides*
Mean Salary (2013) $22,050 for all home health aides*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

Becoming a home health aide has minimal educational requirements. For entry-level positions, a high school diploma is essential. Many positions require individuals to take an aptitude test in math and English. Most training is gained through hands-on experience supervised by a licensed professional, such as a registered nurse. Aspiring home health aides learn very basic medical care skills, such as taking blood pressure, administering medications, preventing the spread of infections and recording medical notes and procedures.

Certification Information

Certification requirements vary by state and employer. Home health aides working for employers who receive Medicare compensation are required by law to complete a set standard of training. Aides must obtain at least 75 hours of training and demonstrate competency in specified skills while supervised by a registered nurse. For example, candidates might be required to show that they can safely transfer a client in and out of bed and properly record vital signs.

Career Info

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected a 48% increase in employment for home health aides between 2012-2022 due to the growing number of elderly. As of May 2013, the BLS reported an average hourly wage of $10.60 for aides working in home health care services, leading to $22,050 per year (www.bls.gov). Hospice clinics also employ aides. Home health aides are assigned to clients, whom they visit on a regular schedule. Some employers require a background check prior to hiring a home health aide.

Job Description

The duties of a home health aide might require frequent lifting of patients and equipment. Home health aides spend a lot of time traveling from client to client. In addition to providing very basic healthcare assistance, aides can perform light housekeeping, such as changing bed linens, doing laundry, making meals and bathing and dressing clients. Home health aides should possess patience and sensitivity due to the nature of the work and the diverse client-base.

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