Taking home health classes online is not for everyone.
You want to be a home health aide (HHA) which is the fastest growing job market and you need the required training in order to take that next step. Right?
The steps to be a home health aide are clear enough but, you must admit, finding the right training to actually get certified as a home health aide is a bit daunting if not downright scary.
See more >> 7 Steps For The Best Home Health Aide Training.
Taking HHA online courses to get your home health aide certification may be just the right choice for you but you need to clear your head and make the right choice for you.
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Keep reading to find out which path you should take: face-to-face instruction or online courses/classes.
Here’s a table of contents on what to expect – allows you to quickly get to the information!
Home Health Aide Online Training
Your sources of HHA training are numerous and include:
- Community colleges
- Private specialized schools
- Organizations such as The Red Cross
- Home health agencies
- Online training
So let’s break it down to two simple categories:
- Face-to Face
Make sure you know the HHA training requirements for your state.
As opposed to going to your local (or not so local college campus or wherever the home health aide courses are offered) you 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 – basically that’s what the internet actually is.
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.
It sounds overwhelming and it can be but the schools that offer this training do a good job of making it hassle-free to do all this online – but you will need to find the best one for you.
Some training programs are setup overnight and do not take into consideration what it looks like to you when you log on and do the training. Stay away from these.
Ask the questions upfront and even get a demonstration of what it looks like before you commit.
The requirements are the same as if you were actually travelling to the classes everyday so don’t get fooled into thinking this is the easy way out and you do not need to do the work – wrong answer! You’ll need to work just as hard and smart but you can do it!
Perhaps you have been out of school for a while or have never even received your high school diploma – and that’s fine!
You can do this: you need to teach yourself how to study and the learning part will come.
Attaining your certification to be a home health aide from an online program may be the best move of your medical career as it’s not unheard of as it used to be just five years ago – lots of people do it and it is something for you to consider.
While each course/program is a little different this is what a HHA training program would look like (about 75 hours):
Nursing Procedures (20 Hours)
- Infection Control and Hand Washing
- Emergency Situations
- HIV/Aides Prevention
- Kitchen Safety
- Medical Error Prevention
- Client Rights
CPR (4 Hours)
- fundamentals of human physiology
Measuring Patient’s Vitals (20 Hours)
- medical record documentation
- measuring pulse, respiration, blood pressure, etc.
Patient Hygiene (20 Hours)
- hair / nail care
- denture care
- bed bathing
- assisting with medication
Helping Disabled Patients (6 Hours)
- Wheel Chair Transfer
- Communication with cognitively impaired clients
Being online for all your HHA courses means you can log on anywhere you have an internet connection so there’s no more jumping in your car or hopping in a bus to get to class.
You can study at your own pace as it fits into your unique situation.
Most students list the convenience factor as the best reason, though not the only one.
Flexibly To Hold a Job
It’s the real world. You may not be able to dive right in fulltime to your home health classes.
Many folks have a job whether part time are full time while they take their courses.
If you went to a campus for your classes then you may not be able to hold down that job and earn money until you get to be a certified home health aide.
Choosing an online program for your HHA course allows you to take them at your own pace and according to your schedule not others’. Some programs have a time limit but even those are more than enough.
For example, a program may state that you need to take all your courses within six months.
Well, you may have a lot on your schedule but you should be able to fulfill that!
Everyone’s different and we all learn differently with some faster than others.
When you enroll in your HHA online courses you may be able to reach out to multiple teachers for even more insight and help.
Many programs have a very deep bench of teachers and faculty meaning that you can contact (via email, text, video conferencing, etc.) another teacher in the program for some help on a particular topic. There is no scheduling a meeting – just send an email.
No Attention Deficit
Just because you do not show up at their doorstep doesn’t mean they won’t be give you the time an attention you deserve. These are not, for the most part(!), schools that simply setup online course overnight – this is what they do and their reputation is on the line.
If you select a reputable school for your classes then you will get the attention you are owed.
Here’s a rather obvious statement: your teachers are doing their job just like you. They are not sitting in an empty classroom on a campus waiting for your email. They are out and about working as a registered nurse, teaching another class, preparing a lecture, etc.
You can reach out to them anytime of the day and night – they may not get back to you at midnight but they may on a Friday night at 8PM when a typical college teacher may not. Your teachers will be accessible and available.
Time With Your Family
Candidates to be a home health aide are usually balancing many responsibilities – including family. Imagine the single mother juggling a couple of children, a part time job and taking courses at a college.
Take those courses on the Internet and she’s just freed up a bunch of hours each week to pend with her kids. Sometimes live doesn’t need to be as difficult if we make wiser choices.
An online home health certification program can be much more affordable than an on-campus degree if you find the right one. If you’re like most folks struggling to make ends meet until you get certified then choosing an online program may be your best bet.
Do You Compute?
This may sound silly… but make sure you’re very comfortable reading lots of information on your computer. Seriously. Everything will be online so that means either it is actually on your computer or you’re connected to the internet and reading from there – either way, you’re reading on your computer.
For some people this is a no-brainer but others prefer to read hard books. Think this through. Everything you see will be on that fancy computer of yours. Perhaps it’s time for an upgrade to your laptop?
Some 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!
Over the past several years training to be a certified home health aide has become very popular.
Among the biggest reason is that the quality of the training has made leaps and bounds.
It used to be that training courses were of no value and frowned upon; times have changed.
The more you look around and especially ask others you’ll find than many people have taken online courses and certification to be e home health aide.
Even when you do become a HHA you’ll find many courses will help you advance, make you more marketable and earn you more money.
The demand is super hot for home health care and schools (both on campus and online) are trying to meet this demand and it is showing no signs of easing up.
They want to make it easier for you yet they want to enroll in their classes as opposed to the competition.
These programs are fine-tuning their offerings and adding all sorts of features that did not exist just two years ago.
The competition is great and they want your business!
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.
Your HHA training is no different than any other type of education you’ll get in your lifetime: make sure you align yourself with an accredited school. Accreditation simply means that another company that grades schools has determine that organization to be of the highest standards and lives up to its promises of providing you what you’re paying for.
While this is a formal process that you have no control over it does affect you. The accreditation will help you separate a lousy training program from an outstanding one. Some states mandate that your HHA training is administered by an accredited school.[Some states allow you to take your HHA training from an approved school – not necessarily accredited but it is approved anyway by the state to be adequate for your training.]
Some of the advantages of online HHA courses include: flexibility, costs, life balance, focused training and cutting edge technology.
If you need the flexibility and enjoy working somewhat independently then consider an accredited program with a good reputation.
Look into exactly what the course load will look like for your HHA 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!
Compare websites of various courses. 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 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.