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Home Health Aide
To obtain a home health aide certificate in California individuals must first undergo a HHA certification program.  Here you are specially trained to work in the home of a handicapped, ill, elderly or convalescent to provide home care services.  Home health aides receive certification from the California Department of Public Health.

The classes are divided in didactics and clinical exposure usually under the supervision of a nurse.  Some of the topics that the students will learn may include the basic concepts of healthcare, medical terminology, first aide, CPR and other homecare procedures.  Programs are offered in various community colleges, health agencies and several technical education institutes.  

According to the state of California a Home Health Aide is Required:

  • To have the prior certification as a certified nursing assistant
  • Fingerprint cards and background checks are mandatory prior to the students completion of the training curriculum
  • A clear Tuberculosis skin test which can be given by a public health nurse

These certain qualifications must be possessed as required by most employers as mentioned above.  There are a multitude of jobs in California from different health care settings.

Nursing assistants are required to have a bare minimum of  at least 120 hours of educational training that is split between classroom and clinical skills. Home health aides are required to have certification as a CNA prior to enrolling in classes and complete an additional 40 hours of training.

California Home Health Aide Training