Home Health Aide classes curriculum

Our Home Health Aide classes curriculum is developed by professionals in the field to provide students with the practical, real-world skills needed to provide care to the elderly, those with disabilities, and people in ill health. Our syllabus is comprehensive, covering health and safety regulations, how to properly lift and move patients, cleanliness and infection control, hygiene, patient nutrition, and more. Upon graduation, students are well-equipped to pursue a career in the growing home health care industry.

Home Health Aide Orientation

In this course, you’ll examine the goals and values of Ashworth College, time management, a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule, the nature and purpose of assessments, how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century. You’ll also learn about the history of allied health careers and their roles in the future of medicine.


By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

Lesson Group 1: Safety Issues

This course explores safe practices for providing home healthcare, from an awareness of safety hazards to protection from bloodborne pathogens. Additionally, you’ll study methods for preventing violence in the occupational setting while handling patients safely.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

Lesson Group 2: Home Care Fundamentals

This course details the work performed by home healthcare aides, with an emphasis on effective communication skills in terms of dealing with family members, insurance companies, health care professionals, and other medical providers. You’ll also explore the healthcare needs of specific populations, including the elderly, children, and the dying. Finally, this course examines the importance of cleanliness in preventing infections and the guidelines for purchasing and serving food.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

Lesson Group 3: Specialized Care

This course aims to promote healthy activity levels for patients by analyzing body mechanics while encouraging proper skin care and personal care. The importance of patient activity leads to the study of various rehabilitation programs. You’ll also develop the ability to monitor vital signs, check fluid balance, and collect specimens. Finally, the course explores the importance of special procedures, the concern for common diseases, and the necessity of emergency procedures.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

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Program Description

The Home Health Aide certificate program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to successfully pursue a career in home healthcare, focusing on basic duties, procedures, and responsibilities; the need for effective communication; awareness of safety precautions, and the needs associated with caring for specific populations.

Program Objectives

After completing the Home Health Aide certificate program, you’ll be able to do the following:


  1. Describe the role of the home health aide, outline the responsibilities involved in caring for home-bound patients, and differentiate the home health aide’s role from other care providers.
  2. Explain how to create a safe environment for the home health aide and the patient by identifying and describing OSHA regulations and other safe care requirements.
  3. Identify and describe proper communication skills with patients, families, other healthcare providers, and insurance companies.
  4. Describe typical duties and care responsibilities for patients of all ages and levels of health, with a focus on identifying issues and care concerns for specific populations.
  5. Identify credible sources of dietary information and describe how to plan, purchase, store, and serve food to patients with different dietary restrictions and health concerns.
  6. Identify and describe specific care regimens performed by the home health aide.
  7. Identify and describe exercises designed to help patients gain and maintain strength and flexibility.
  8. Explain how to take and record vital signs and collect bodily specimens for testing.


Careful prep for a career in caring

Ashworth College’s Home Health Aide Career Diploma program helps you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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