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Featured Program: Home Health Aide

Do you have a background in the medical field and enjoy helping people? One of the certification programs that Central Coast College offers is Home Health Aide. Open to anyone with documented nursing assistant training or an active California CNA certification, this is a continuing-education program that provides education and hands-on training for those looking to advance their careers.

The job of Home Health Aide is a rapidly growing part of the field of healthcare, and, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As more and more of the U.S. population ages, those senior citizens who are in good enough health to remain living at home still need some assistance. Disability or illness necessitates short or long-term care for many older Americans. Many of these people prefer to stay in their homes instead of in a nursing facility, and this is where Home Health Aides are needed.

Full-time, part-time, and on-call opportunities are available through many agencies. The field of Home Health Aide is projected to continue to grow and expand as the Baby Boomer generation of Americans ages.

Duties and skills of a Home Health Aide

Home Health Aides may assist patients with lifestyle-related tasks such as dressing or moving around the home, or even light housekeeping tasks such as preparing meals or doing laundry. A Home Health Aide also performs healthcare-related tasks such as assisting with medications, maintaining accurate patient health records, monitoring and recording patient’s vital signs, teaching patients how to adjust to working with a disability, or even providing hospice care. An Aide may assist the work of a registered nurse or other healthcare professional, or may work alone.

The tasks provided by the Home Health Aide are vital for the health and comfort of patients receiving the care. If you enjoy providing one-on-one care to patients and helping them in their daily lives, then this career might be for you.

Apply for the Home Health Aide program

Central Coast College offers a 40-hour program for certification as a Home Health Aide. The course is 20 hours of classroom time and 20 hours of hands-on clinical training over a two-week period.

A prospective student who has already successfully completed a nursing assistant training program or has an active, valid California CNA certification can apply for this program. Upon completion of the course, students will then be eligible for state certification in this growing field. www//

You can find out more information and statistics about Home Health Aides on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website or the Employment Development Department of the State of California.

Learn more about Central Coast College’s Home Health Aide Program here.

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