One of the many benefits of being a home health aide (HHA) is that it does not require a great deal of training.
Besides, the training can be taken at your local college, vocational school, home health agencies and even online.
The number one way to get your HHA training is at the home health agency you will be working at – and the reason is very simple: it is usually free. Normally the agency will require you to work there upon completion of your training – which is fine as you’re looking to work as a HHA anyway, right?
But this type of training is not for everyone.
Some people prefer to work at their own pace, have many family obligations, cannot travel to a training center every day of the week and even a have full-time job while they are training to be a home health aide.
Make sure you know the HHA training requirements for your state.
With HHA online classes students stay at home and complete the requirements of an online program.
You study the material using a computer connected to your school via the internet. Your computer can be a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone or any other device that has an internet connection and allows you to connect to another location.
In addition to studying online, you will take tests online, listen to lectures on training to be a home health aide, send and receive email messages well as discussion boards, etc.
Lots of people do it and it is something for you to consider
Do Your Homework Even BEFORE You Start
Keep in mind that while enrolling in HHA online classes can go a long way towards getting certified, some parts of your training must be done in person.
Hands-on skills cannot be learned online, and depending on which state you live in, only the theoretical part of your education can be done online – or none at all. make sure you contact your local Department of Health / Nursing Board and ask about the exact requirements for the state you’ll be working in.
The written part of the HHA test makes up most of the exam and studying for it in the comfort of your home, at any time you like, however you like offers a huge advantage, giving you a huge head start in your desire to be a certified home health aide.
Where To Start
For these reason more and more people are choosing to get their home health aide certificate online.
And you can too.
Where do you start to get your HHA training online, though?
First, you need to have the mindset that this type of training is not free like getting trained at a home health agency – the online companies have expense, too, and they will not be hiring you. They have other expenses like instructors, video pructions, computer cost etc.
That’s ok – really. They need to make money. Online HHA training is convenient but it has a tradeoff as it costs a little bit more.
Second, if you find something really cheap online then it most likely will not be a very good or have accredited training. Don’t settle for cheap training as you’ll get what you paid for – not much!
Online HHA training ranges anywhere from $600 – $1,200 – but think of this of an investment in your future. You can make this money back real soon when you start as a home health aide making money.
Third, be on the lookout for HHA companies that are outright scams! These are training programs that are not legitimate and they want to take your money and basically give you nothing – stealing your money.
Some online HHA classes / programs may only be a few hundred dollars but investigate these programs very closely. They may be too good to be true.
Most times (not always) you’ll get what you pay for so many of the slightly more pricey ones will give you the extra training you need as a home health aide.
With some of the HHA programs costing about $1,000 you may be getting added bonuses such as:
- help finding a job
- extra study materials
- one-on-one coaching and mentoring
- use of their network of other HHA’s
- career counseling
Ask up front what you will be getting so you are not surprised!
You want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck and you also do not want any surprises along the way or, more importantly, at the end of your training.
Make sure you know the major points to look for when making the choice.
Look into exactly what the course load will look like for your HHA online training.
Not all will be the same, of course, but they should have the basics and then some.
Following is a good example of what the course-load would look like!
Website. Compare websites of various online home health aide course. Don’t some look and feel better than others?
You’ll know right away which ones are more professional than others.
They good sites should have, among other things:
- testimonials from former students
- links for other HHA resources
- articles and posts about home health aide
- contact information clearly positioned and not hidden deep into the site
Phone. Call the phone number on the website. Can’t find one? Go to the next HHA online course on your list. No number – no business!
Take note of:
- who answers the phone?
- if you leave a message how long for a return call?
- are your questions answered?
- do they need to get back to you with answers?
- will they send you anything in the mail?
Accreditation. Super important and do not take this lightly.
Having an online HHA training course that is accredited is, in some ways, even more important that having an in person campus accredited.
If you’re online that’s all you have and can only email or phone them. If you run into an issue you may be stuck.
Do your homework upfront to avoid issues along the way.
Feedback. This should really be the easier part, sort of.
What do others say about the program? Granted, there may be a couple who have something negative to say but the majority of them should be positive for you to consider the course work.
Do your homework and ask the questions in order to make an educated decision.
The U.S. Department of Education advises you to look for the following “warning” points and stay away.
- Training that can be earned quickly and in less time than at an accredited institution.
- A list of accrediting agencies that sounds a little too impressive.
- Offers that place unrealistic emphasis on offering credits for lifetime or real world experience.
- Names that are similar to well-known reputable universities.
- Addresses that are box numbers or suites. Call the phone number and drop by for a visit – may be worth the trip to see the place for yourself
Do your homework and research schools that you are interested in attending; and ask other HHA’s where they received their training. In this case, follow the leader as you don’t want to be trained online from a company that none of your peers have ever heard of.