Blackstone’s Online Home Health Aide Certificate Program

Blackstone’s online Home Health Aide training program offers the quality education needed to secure a rewarding job in this growing healthcare field. Learn how to become a home health aide and concentrate on assisting the elderly, the disabled, and other patients recovering from illness and injuries by maintaining their quality of life and making them feel safe in their homes. The specialized skills you will learn in our HHA online training program are in high demand. Across the nation, thousands of people require home health aides in a variety of work fields such as home health organizations, rehabilitation centers, and home care placement services.

Job Outlook

The rapid growth for Home Health Aides is driven by an aging population, the demand for improvements in quality of care and cost containment. Home healthcare addresses these challenges by offering higher patient satisfaction and more proactive care which is important to improve overall health.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of home health aides employed in the U.S, is expected to grow up to 41% by 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics, 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook). That is more than four times the average growth rate for all occupations! With Blackstone Career Institute, you will have the skill set needed to secure a competitive home health aide salary in today’s job market.

Student Testimonial

“I found out about Blackstone through a military page I follow. I decided to apply for this program because I have been wanting to break into the medical field for a long time and it seemed like the perfect fit. I couldn’t be happier in my decision, as I really loved the program and am looking forward to my future job. I loved the Online Student Center! It was very easy to navigate and any time that I had a question about textbooks or my course work I sent an email and got immediate responses and assistance. Overall, I would highly recommend BCI to anyone who needs the ease of taking classes online. I was able to work entirely at my own pace and finish early while taking several breaks when I needed them. I also gave me the time to really absorb and understand the material. I am very confident in the knowledge I secured through the program and my ability to not only get a job but be able to perform that job at a competent level.”

– Ray J., Allied Healthcare Graduate

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Included in Your Home Health Aide Program

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution.

material icon

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

health home aide book 1

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution including:

  • -Crossword puzzles to test your knowledge of key terms and concepts
  • -WebLinks with access to hundreds of online resources related to your studies

Textbook: The Administrative Dental Assistant, by Linda J. Gaylor, Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781437713589.

health home aide book

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Occupations and Nursing Online

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, STEDMAN’S® most technologically advanced and content-rich medical dictionary ever is the reliable, essential resource for the health care field. You can search for the definition of a term, hear it pronounced, see it illustrated, and watch it in motion. In short, you will be given access to the tools you need to learn, understand, and use medical terminology correctly – a valuable resource that enhances your Home Health Aide online training. Textbook: Mosby’s Dental Dictionary 3rd Ed., by Mosby’s Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323100120.

Blackstone's Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Why Choose
Blackstone?

  • Nationally & Regionally Accredited
  • All Materials Included
  • Self Paced Program – No Deadlines
  • Affordable – Graduate Debt-Free
  • Reliable Instructor & Customer Support
  • A Proven Track Record of Student Success

Enroll for just $59 and save up to $356

At Blackstone we offer accredited, affordable and convenient online career training programs. With our low monthly payment options, 0% interest, all inclusive tuition and no hidden fees, you can graduate debt-free. Take advantage of our Tuition Assistance Payment Plan (TAPP) to earn your Home Health Aide Certificate. Save up to $356 today!

Save On Your Tuition

enroll

Start your future today

Graduate Debt – Free in a year or less

Curriculum for Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Certificate Program

Home Health Aide is a diploma program that covers the knowledge and skills needed to obtain an entry-level home health aide position working in home or community settings. Learn how to become a Home Health Aide through this comprehensive online course that is comprised of 17 Lessons, offering a comprehensive education for students interested in providing home health care to the ill, elderly, and disabled.

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Program Goals and Objectives

The Home Health Aide program prepares students for entry-level employment as a Home Health Aide.

  • Explain basic diet modifications for patients with specific dietary needs and restrictions.
  • Demonstrate the correct practice of standard (universal) precautions in a client’s home to prevent spread of infection.
  • Explain how the home health aide meets the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the dying client.
  • Demonstrate special procedures such as heat/cold applications, medication, administration collecting specimens, oxygen use, intravenous infusions, dry dressings, and infection control.

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Unit 1 - Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • A. Discover How You Learn
  • B. Find a Place to Study
  • C. Learn How to Study
  • D. Keyboarding
  • E. Examination

Unit 2 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet, and Electronic Communication

  • A. Introduction to Computers
  • B. The Internet
  • C. Electronic Communication
  • D. Examination

Unit 3 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 1

  • A. Basic Elements of Medical Terms
  • B. Prefixes
  • C. Roots and Suffixes
  • D. Body Structure
  • E. Examination

Unit 4 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 2

  • A. The Skeletal System
  • B. The Muscular System
  • C. The Integumentary System
  • D. The Respiratory System
  • E. Examination

Unit 5 - English and Written Communication

  • A. Parts of Speech
  • B. Parts of a Sentence
  • C. Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • D. Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • E. Written Communications
  • F. Examination

Unit 6 - Anatomy & Medical Terminology 3

  • A. The Cardiovascular System
  • B. The Urinary System
  • C. The Digestive System
  • D. The Nervous System
  • E. Examination

Unit 7 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 4

  • A. The Endocrine System
  • B. Eyes and Ears
  • C. Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
  • D. The Reproductive System
  • E. Examination

Unit 8 - Time & Stress Management

  • A. LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • B. The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • C. Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • D. Choosing Your Priorities
  • E. Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • F. Interruptions, the #1 Time Thief
  • G. TimeLogs
  • H. TimeTips
  • I. Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • J. Stress Management
  • K. Examination

Unit 9 - Home Health Aide 1

  • A. The Home Care Industry
  • B. Developing Effective Communication Skills
  • C. Understanding Your Client’s Needs
  • D. Understanding How the Body Works
  • E. Observing, Reporting, and Recording
  • F. Working With Ill and Disabled Clients
  • G. Examination

Unit 10 - Home Health Aide 2

  • A. Maintaining a Safe Environment
  • B. Maintaining a Healthy Environment
  • C. Meeting the Client’s Nutritional Needs
  • D. Examination

Unit 11 - Nutrition

  • A. Introduction to Nutrition
  • B. Choosing a Healthy Diet
  • C. Calculating Nutrition Information
  • D. Special Considerations
  • E. Examination

Unit 12 - Home Health Aide 3

  • A. Preventing Infection/Medical Asepsis
  • B. Body Mechanics
  • C. Bedmaking
  • D. Personal Care
  • E. Elimination
  • F. Collecting Specimens
  • G. Measuring Vital Signs
  • H. Special Procedures
  • I. Examination

Unit 13 - Home Health Aide 4

  • A. Caring for Older Adults
  • B. Caring for Mothers, Infants, and Children
  • C. Caring for Clients with Mental Illness
  • D. Caring for Clients with Illnesses Requiring Home Csre
  • E. Caring for the Client at the End of Life
  • F. Emergencies
  • G. Examination

Unit 14 - Interpersonal Communications

  • A. Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • B. Communication
  • C. Diversity in the Workplace
  • D. Team Building
  • E. Examination

Unit 15 - Critical Thinking Skills

  • A. Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • B. Inference and Judgment
  • C. Metacognition
  • D. Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • E. Rhetorical Strategies
  • F. Critical Theories
  • G. Deductive Reasoning
  • H. Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking
  • I. Examination

Unit 16: Professional Development and Medicolegal Ethics

  • A. Professional Development
  • B. Medicolegal Ethics
  • C. HIPAA for the Allied Healthcare Worker
  • D. Examination

Unit 17 - How to Find a Job in Healthcare

  • A. Job Search Correspondence
  • B. The Job Search
  • C. Job Interviews
  • D. Examination

Externship

The final requirement of your Home Health Aide program is to successfully complete a 120 hour externship which will provide the opportunity for you to work directly with patients and a variety of healthcare professionals. It is the student’s responsibility to find and secure an externship in their area. Because you will be in a clinical setting, there may be prerequisites set forth by the externship site which must be completed before you can begin your externship.

  • To be eligible for an externship, students must:
  • complete all Home Health Aide coursework
  • hold a minimum 70% grade average
  • have their tuition paid in full

Students are responsible to locate and obtain approval for the externship at a home health agency in their area.

Below is a list of the most common requirements to be approved for an externship, however you may be asked to provide additional information and/or documentation to your externship site. Additional details regarding this list is found on the following page. Please note that items marked with an asterisk (*) may incur a cost which is the responsibility of the student.

    • Current resume
    • Physical exam, including health history and immunization record completed by your physician*
    • Copy of valid driver’s license and current auto insurance*
    • CPR certification*
    • Student liability coverage*
    • Criminal background check including sex offender and child abuse check*
    • Drug screen*
    • Externship agreement, completed and signed by student and externship representative

Skills Assessed During Your Externship:

  • Handwashing
  • Common Care Practices
  • Feeding a Client
  • Help a Client to Walk
  • Help a Client Take Medication
  • Provide Mouth Care
  • Client and Storing Dentures
  • Provide Fingernail/Hand Care
  • Provide Foot Care
  • Dress a Client
  • Provide Passive Range of Motion Exercises
  • Provide Perineal Care to Female Client
  • Provide Catheter Care
  • Transfer Client from Bed to Wheelchair
  • Turn and Reposition Client in bed onto his or her side

Meet Your Home Health Aide Instructor

Tracy Walzcer, Home Health Aide Consultant

RN, BSN, OCN

Tracy is a dedicated and compassionate oncology nurse committed to providing quality patient care. She is a Registered Nurse (RN), holds Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and is both a Certified Hematology Oncology Nurse, (ONCC) and a Certified Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Administration, (ONCC). Her nursing background includes inpatient adult oncology/medical surgical floor, outpatient chemotherapy infusion center, oncology physician office practices, and home, palliative and hospice care. Outside of work Tracy supports Cancer community events, Relay for Life, skin screenings, flu clinics and a soup kitchen volunteer.

We are here to help you

Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, Our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

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Included in Your Home Health Aide Program

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution.

material icon

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

health home aide book 1

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution including:

  • -Crossword puzzles to test your knowledge of key terms and concepts
  • -WebLinks with access to hundreds of online resources related to your studies

Textbook: Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide, by Linda J. Gaylor, Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781437713589.

health home aide book

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Occupations and Nursing Online

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, STEDMAN’S® most technologically advanced and content-rich medical dictionary ever is the reliable, essential resource for the health care field. You can search for the definition of a term, hear it pronounced, see it illustrated, and watch it in motion. In short, you will be given access to the tools you need to learn, understand, and use medical terminology correctly – a valuable resource that enhances your Home Health Aide online training. Textbook: Mosby’s Dental Dictionary 3rd Ed., by Mosby’s Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323100120.

Blackstone's Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

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Home Health Aide Resources

Network and enhance your professional knowledge. Find sites and organizations that specifically relate to Home Health Aide careers. Learn how to become a Home Health Aide today!

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State Licensure

It is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work in

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Home Health Aide Tuition Rates

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality online education at an affordable rate. Everything you need to complete your Home Health Aide Certificate training is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that works best for you and learn how to become a Home Health Aide today through Blackstone’s renowned online certificate programs!

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FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students interested in learning how to become a Home Health Aide. Learn home health aide duties and obtain your home health aide certificate through Blackstone’s renowned online certificate programs.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Home Health Aide Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

What are BCI’s Admission Requirements?

Enrolling at Blackstone is easy, with our open enrollment you can enroll anytime. To qualify, a high school diploma or an equivalent along with access to a Microsoft Windows compatible PC or MAC with Internet access is needed. All applicants must complete our Enrollment Agreement along with the required down payment for processing. Applications will be processed only if they are accompanied with the required payment. If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Student Services staff toll-free at 800-826-9228.

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Mon – Thurs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Home Health Aide program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Are there externship prerequisites?

To be eligible for an externship, students must:

• complete all Home Health Aide coursework
• hold a minimum 70% grade average
• have their tuition paid in full

Students are responsible to locate and obtain approval for the externship at a home health agency in their area.

Below is a list of the most common requirements to be approved for an externship, however you may be asked to provide additional information and/or documentation to your externship site. Additional details regarding this list is found on the following page. Please note that items marked with an asterisk (*) may incur a cost which is the responsibility of the student:

• Current resume
• Physical exam, including health history and immunization record completed by your physician (form available in the Online Student Center)*
• Copy of valid driver’s license and current auto insurance*
• CPR certification*
• Student liability coverage*
• Criminal background check including sex offender and child abuse check*
• Drug screen*
• Externship agreement, completed and signed by student and externship representative

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Home Health Aide Certificate program is Tracy Walscer. To learn more about Tracy, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu .

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Does this course lead to certification?

This program does not lead to a certification as requirements vary state-by-state. Please check with your state licensure here

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Home Health Aide?

The specialized skills you will learn in Blackstone’s Home Health Aide online career training program are in high demand. Across the nation, thousands of people require home head aides in a variety of work fields such as home health organizations, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, nursing care facilities, private households and home care placement services. Learn the proper foundation for home health aide training through Blackstone’s online certificate program and start your journey to obtaining a competitive home health aide salary today!

Still have questions?

Speak with a student advisor today! We are available Mon – Thurs from 8:30 – 4:30 EST.

Overview

Blackstone’s Online Home Health Aide Certificate Program

Blackstone’s online Home Health Aide training program offers the quality education needed to secure a rewarding job in this growing healthcare field. Learn how to become a home health aide and concentrate on assisting the elderly, the disabled, and other patients recovering from illness and injuries by maintaining their quality of life and making them feel safe in their homes. The specialized skills you will learn in our HHA online training program are in high demand. Across the nation, thousands of people require home health aides in a variety of work fields such as home health organizations, rehabilitation centers, and home care placement services.

Job Outlook

The rapid growth for Home Health Aides is driven by an aging population, the demand for improvements in quality of care and cost containment. Home healthcare addresses these challenges by offering higher patient satisfaction and more proactive care which is important to improve overall health.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of home health aides employed in the U.S, is expected to grow up to 41% by 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics, 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook). That is more than four times the average growth rate for all occupations! With Blackstone Career Institute, you will have the skill set needed to secure a competitive home health aide salary in today’s job market.

Student Testimonial

“I found out about Blackstone through a military page I follow. I decided to apply for this program because I have been wanting to break into the medical field for a long time and it seemed like the perfect fit. I couldn’t be happier in my decision, as I really loved the program and am looking forward to my future job. I loved the Online Student Center! It was very easy to navigate and any time that I had a question about textbooks or my course work I sent an email and got immediate responses and assistance. Overall, I would highly recommend BCI to anyone who needs the ease of taking classes online. I was able to work entirely at my own pace and finish early while taking several breaks when I needed them. I also gave me the time to really absorb and understand the material. I am very confident in the knowledge I secured through the program and my ability to not only get a job but be able to perform that job at a competent level.”

– Ray J., Allied Healthcare Graduate

health home aide book 1

Included in Your Home Health Aide Program

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution.

material icon

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

health home aide book 1

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution including:

  • -Crossword puzzles to test your knowledge of key terms and concepts
  • -WebLinks with access to hundreds of online resources related to your studies

Textbook: The Administrative Dental Assistant, by Linda J. Gaylor, Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781437713589.

health home aide book

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Occupations and Nursing Online

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, STEDMAN’S® most technologically advanced and content-rich medical dictionary ever is the reliable, essential resource for the health care field. You can search for the definition of a term, hear it pronounced, see it illustrated, and watch it in motion. In short, you will be given access to the tools you need to learn, understand, and use medical terminology correctly – a valuable resource that enhances your Home Health Aide online training. Textbook: Mosby’s Dental Dictionary 3rd Ed., by Mosby’s Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323100120.

Blackstone's Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Why Choose
Blackstone?

  • Nationally & Regionally Accredited
  • All Materials Included
  • Self Paced Program – No Deadlines
  • Affordable – Graduate Debt-Free
  • Reliable Instructor & Customer Support
  • A Proven Track Record of Student Success

Enroll for just $59 and save up to $356

At Blackstone we offer accredited, affordable and convenient online career training programs. With our low monthly payment options, 0% interest, all inclusive tuition and no hidden fees, you can graduate debt-free. Take advantage of our Tuition Assistance Payment Plan (TAPP) to earn your Home Health Aide Certificate. Save up to $356 today!

Save On Your Tuition

enroll

Start your future today

Graduate Debt – Free in a year or less

Program Details

Curriculum for Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Certificate Program

Home Health Aide is a diploma program that covers the knowledge and skills needed to obtain an entry-level home health aide position working in home or community settings. Learn how to become a Home Health Aide through this comprehensive online course that is comprised of 17 Lessons, offering a comprehensive education for students interested in providing home health care to the ill, elderly, and disabled.

health home aide goal

Program Goals and Objectives

The Home Health Aide program prepares students for entry-level employment as a Home Health Aide.

  • Explain basic diet modifications for patients with specific dietary needs and restrictions.
  • Demonstrate the correct practice of standard (universal) precautions in a client’s home to prevent spread of infection.
  • Explain how the home health aide meets the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the dying client.
  • Demonstrate special procedures such as heat/cold applications, medication, administration collecting specimens, oxygen use, intravenous infusions, dry dressings, and infection control.

curriculum

Expand All +

Unit 1 - Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • A. Discover How You Learn
  • B. Find a Place to Study
  • C. Learn How to Study
  • D. Keyboarding
  • E. Examination

Unit 2 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet, and Electronic Communication

  • A. Introduction to Computers
  • B. The Internet
  • C. Electronic Communication
  • D. Examination

Unit 3 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 1

  • A. Basic Elements of Medical Terms
  • B. Prefixes
  • C. Roots and Suffixes
  • D. Body Structure
  • E. Examination

Unit 4 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 2

  • A. The Skeletal System
  • B. The Muscular System
  • C. The Integumentary System
  • D. The Respiratory System
  • E. Examination

Unit 5 - English and Written Communication

  • A. Parts of Speech
  • B. Parts of a Sentence
  • C. Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • D. Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • E. Written Communications
  • F. Examination

Unit 6 - Anatomy & Medical Terminology 3

  • A. The Cardiovascular System
  • B. The Urinary System
  • C. The Digestive System
  • D. The Nervous System
  • E. Examination

Unit 7 - Anatomy and Medical Terminology 4

  • A. The Endocrine System
  • B. Eyes and Ears
  • C. Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
  • D. The Reproductive System
  • E. Examination

Unit 8 - Time & Stress Management

  • A. LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • B. The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • C. Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • D. Choosing Your Priorities
  • E. Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • F. Interruptions, the #1 Time Thief
  • G. TimeLogs
  • H. TimeTips
  • I. Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • J. Stress Management
  • K. Examination

Unit 9 - Home Health Aide 1

  • A. The Home Care Industry
  • B. Developing Effective Communication Skills
  • C. Understanding Your Client’s Needs
  • D. Understanding How the Body Works
  • E. Observing, Reporting, and Recording
  • F. Working With Ill and Disabled Clients
  • G. Examination

Unit 10 - Home Health Aide 2

  • A. Maintaining a Safe Environment
  • B. Maintaining a Healthy Environment
  • C. Meeting the Client’s Nutritional Needs
  • D. Examination

Unit 11 - Nutrition

  • A. Introduction to Nutrition
  • B. Choosing a Healthy Diet
  • C. Calculating Nutrition Information
  • D. Special Considerations
  • E. Examination

Unit 12 - Home Health Aide 3

  • A. Preventing Infection/Medical Asepsis
  • B. Body Mechanics
  • C. Bedmaking
  • D. Personal Care
  • E. Elimination
  • F. Collecting Specimens
  • G. Measuring Vital Signs
  • H. Special Procedures
  • I. Examination

Unit 13 - Home Health Aide 4

  • A. Caring for Older Adults
  • B. Caring for Mothers, Infants, and Children
  • C. Caring for Clients with Mental Illness
  • D. Caring for Clients with Illnesses Requiring Home Csre
  • E. Caring for the Client at the End of Life
  • F. Emergencies
  • G. Examination

Unit 14 - Interpersonal Communications

  • A. Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • B. Communication
  • C. Diversity in the Workplace
  • D. Team Building
  • E. Examination

Unit 15 - Critical Thinking Skills

  • A. Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • B. Inference and Judgment
  • C. Metacognition
  • D. Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • E. Rhetorical Strategies
  • F. Critical Theories
  • G. Deductive Reasoning
  • H. Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking
  • I. Examination

Unit 16: Professional Development and Medicolegal Ethics

  • A. Professional Development
  • B. Medicolegal Ethics
  • C. HIPAA for the Allied Healthcare Worker
  • D. Examination

Unit 17 - How to Find a Job in Healthcare

  • A. Job Search Correspondence
  • B. The Job Search
  • C. Job Interviews
  • D. Examination

Externship

The final requirement of your Home Health Aide program is to successfully complete a 120 hour externship which will provide the opportunity for you to work directly with patients and a variety of healthcare professionals. It is the student’s responsibility to find and secure an externship in their area. Because you will be in a clinical setting, there may be prerequisites set forth by the externship site which must be completed before you can begin your externship.

  • To be eligible for an externship, students must:
  • complete all Home Health Aide coursework
  • hold a minimum 70% grade average
  • have their tuition paid in full

Students are responsible to locate and obtain approval for the externship at a home health agency in their area.

Below is a list of the most common requirements to be approved for an externship, however you may be asked to provide additional information and/or documentation to your externship site. Additional details regarding this list is found on the following page. Please note that items marked with an asterisk (*) may incur a cost which is the responsibility of the student.

    • Current resume
    • Physical exam, including health history and immunization record completed by your physician*
    • Copy of valid driver’s license and current auto insurance*
    • CPR certification*
    • Student liability coverage*
    • Criminal background check including sex offender and child abuse check*
    • Drug screen*
    • Externship agreement, completed and signed by student and externship representative

Skills Assessed During Your Externship:

  • Handwashing
  • Common Care Practices
  • Feeding a Client
  • Help a Client to Walk
  • Help a Client Take Medication
  • Provide Mouth Care
  • Client and Storing Dentures
  • Provide Fingernail/Hand Care
  • Provide Foot Care
  • Dress a Client
  • Provide Passive Range of Motion Exercises
  • Provide Perineal Care to Female Client
  • Provide Catheter Care
  • Transfer Client from Bed to Wheelchair
  • Turn and Reposition Client in bed onto his or her side

Meet Your Home Health Aide Instructor

Tracy Walzcer, Home Health Aide Consultant

RN, BSN, OCN

Tracy is a dedicated and compassionate oncology nurse committed to providing quality patient care. She is a Registered Nurse (RN), holds Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and is both a Certified Hematology Oncology Nurse, (ONCC) and a Certified Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Administration, (ONCC). Her nursing background includes inpatient adult oncology/medical surgical floor, outpatient chemotherapy infusion center, oncology physician office practices, and home, palliative and hospice care. Outside of work Tracy supports Cancer community events, Relay for Life, skin screenings, flu clinics and a soup kitchen volunteer.

We are here to help you

Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, Our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

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Included in Your Home Health Aide Program

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution.

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No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

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Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide

Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide is an in-depth resource to prepare students to succeed in the home health aide field. This e-textbook includes full-color photographs and drawings and step-by-step instructions to perform home health aide skills. This essential e-textbook details real-world scenarios home health care aides face daily, as well as important procedures and up-to-date information, such as nutritional needs and universal precaution including:

  • -Crossword puzzles to test your knowledge of key terms and concepts
  • -WebLinks with access to hundreds of online resources related to your studies

Textbook: Mosby’s Textbook for the Home Care Aide, by Linda J. Gaylor, Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781437713589.

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Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Occupations and Nursing Online

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, STEDMAN’S® most technologically advanced and content-rich medical dictionary ever is the reliable, essential resource for the health care field. You can search for the definition of a term, hear it pronounced, see it illustrated, and watch it in motion. In short, you will be given access to the tools you need to learn, understand, and use medical terminology correctly – a valuable resource that enhances your Home Health Aide online training. Textbook: Mosby’s Dental Dictionary 3rd Ed., by Mosby’s Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323100120.

Blackstone's Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

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Home Health Aide Resources

Network and enhance your professional knowledge. Find sites and organizations that specifically relate to Home Health Aide careers. Learn how to become a Home Health Aide today!

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State Licensure

It is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work in

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FAQ’S

FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students interested in learning how to become a Home Health Aide. Learn home health aide duties and obtain your home health aide certificate through Blackstone’s renowned online certificate programs.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Home Health Aide Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

What are BCI’s Admission Requirements?

Enrolling at Blackstone is easy, with our open enrollment you can enroll anytime. To qualify, a high school diploma or an equivalent along with access to a Microsoft Windows compatible PC or MAC with Internet access is needed. All applicants must complete our Enrollment Agreement along with the required down payment for processing. Applications will be processed only if they are accompanied with the required payment. If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Student Services staff toll-free at 800-826-9228.

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Mon – Thurs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Home Health Aide program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Home Health Aide Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Are there externship prerequisites?

To be eligible for an externship, students must:

• complete all Home Health Aide coursework
• hold a minimum 70% grade average
• have their tuition paid in full

Students are responsible to locate and obtain approval for the externship at a home health agency in their area.

Below is a list of the most common requirements to be approved for an externship, however you may be asked to provide additional information and/or documentation to your externship site. Additional details regarding this list is found on the following page. Please note that items marked with an asterisk (*) may incur a cost which is the responsibility of the student:

• Current resume
• Physical exam, including health history and immunization record completed by your physician (form available in the Online Student Center)*
• Copy of valid driver’s license and current auto insurance*
• CPR certification*
• Student liability coverage*
• Criminal background check including sex offender and child abuse check*
• Drug screen*
• Externship agreement, completed and signed by student and externship representative

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Home Health Aide Certificate program is Tracy Walscer. To learn more about Tracy, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu .

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Does this course lead to certification?

This program does not lead to a certification as requirements vary state-by-state. Please check with your state licensure here

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Home Health Aide?

The specialized skills you will learn in Blackstone’s Home Health Aide online career training program are in high demand. Across the nation, thousands of people require home head aides in a variety of work fields such as home health organizations, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, nursing care facilities, private households and home care placement services. Learn the proper foundation for home health aide training through Blackstone’s online certificate program and start your journey to obtaining a competitive home health aide salary today!

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