Home Health Aide Expert Program


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If you've ever thought about becoming a home health aide, our Home Health Aide Expert program could help you.  In addition to learning essential, practical skills needed for a career as a home health aide, you will also be introduced to gerontology in a compassionate way that helps you understand seniors and know how to work with them. 

Medical Terminology

Quickly master the basics of medical terminology and begin speaking and writing terms almost immediately! This course omits time-consuming, nonessential information and helps you build a working medical vocabulary of the most frequently encountered suffixes, prefixes, and word roots. Medical terms are introduced in the context of human anatomy and physiology to help you understand exactly what they mean, and case studies, vignettes, and activities demonstrate how medical terms are used in practice. 

Prerequisite(s): None

Home Health Aide

A Home Health Aide (HHA) may also be known as a Home Caregiver or Residential Assistant (RA). An HHA provides basic, personal care and health-related services to a variety of individuals (patients) who require more assistance than family and/or friends are able to provide. HHAs are part of a category of occupations that is commonly referred to as "direct care workers." The services/care that a Home Health Aide provides depends upon their specialty area.

If you've ever thought about becoming a home health aide, our in-depth curriculum could help you learn important fundamental, practical skills involved in a career as a home health aide. For each patient, an HHA is responsible for recording services performed, as well as the patient's condition and progress. They also record and report any changes in a patient's condition to the case manager or supervisor and also discuss observations with them.

Prerequisite(s): None

Patient Advocacy

Our Patient Advocacy course provides strategies for helping consumers overcome common challenges encountered in the U.S. healthcare system. These common challenges involve issues surrounding financing healthcare, receiving quality healthcare, ethics, cultural competency, preventive healthcare, mental healthcare, and community-based healthcare. Learn step-by-step methods for providing case advocacy for patients and a framework for policy advocacy, as well. 

Prerequisite(s): None

** Course Subject to Change.

Medical Terminology

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify how to gain and understand the basic word structure in medical terminology
  • Recognize how to relate the medical terms to the structure and function of the human body
  • Identify body systems, body cavities, and planes of the body
  • Define words by dividing them into their component parts
  • Recall the terminology used with medical specialists and case reports

Home Health Aide

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the skills and qualities of the home health aide
  • Recognize resources in the community that assist the client at home
  • Identify strategies for infection control, disease prevention, and safety precautions in the home
  • Define the important parts of each body system and their functions
  • Recall methods for assisting clients with special needs

Patient Advocacy

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the principles of advocacy in the healthcare setting
  • Recall methods for assisting with the financing of healthcare
  • Define consumers’ ethical rights and cultural competency
  • Recognize methods for advocating preventive healthcare
  • Name the principles of policy advocacy

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology Module 1
Basic Word Structure

  • Word Analysis
  • Combining Forms
  • Suffixes & Prefixes
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications

Medical Terminology Module 2
Organization of the Body

  • Body Systems and Cavities
  • Divisions of the Back
  • Planes of the Body
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications

Medical Terminology Module 3

  • Introduction to Suffixes
  • Suffixes and Terminology
  • Diagnostic & Procedural Suffixes
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications

Medical Terminology Module 4

  • Combining Forms & Prefixes
  • Prefixes and Terminology
  • Define Common Prefixes
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications

Medical Terminology Module 5
Medical Specialists & Case Reports

  • Medical Specialists
  • Combining Forms & Vocabulary
  • Case Reports & Terminology
  • Pronunciation of Terms
  • Exercises & Applications

Medical Terminology Module 6
Body Systems – Part 1

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Endocrine System
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Lymphatic System

Medical Terminology Module 7
Body Systems – Part 2

  • Male Reproductive System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Skin & Sense Organs
  • Urinary System

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Home Health Aide

Home Health Aide Module 1
Orientation to Home Care Part 1

  • Learning About Home Care
  • Suggestions for Success
  • Evaluation and Certification
  • The Home Care Industry
  • The Home Care Team
  • Developing Effective Communication Skills
  • Communicating with Your Client and Family Members
  • Understanding Your Client’s Needs
  • Helping Clients to Meet Their Needs
  • Stages of Normal Growth and Development

Home Health Aide Module 2 
Orientation to Home Care Part 2

  • Understanding How the Body Works
  • Organization of the Human Body
  • Observing the Client
  • Observing the Pain
  • Reporting to the Agency
  • Incident Reports
  • Working With Ill and Disabled Clients
  • Effects of Illness on the Family
  • Reactions of the Client to Illness
  • Medical Terminology

Home Health Aide Module 3
Managing the Home Environment

  • Becoming Safety Conscious
  • Special Safety Considerations
  • Household Emergency Measures and Procedures
  • Developing a Work Plan
  • Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
  • Controlling Household Pets
  • Teaching Others
  • Measuring Food Energy
  • MyPlate Food Guide
  • Special Situations

Home Health Aide Module 4
Preventing Infection and Body Mechanics

  • Microorganisms
  • The Cycle of Infection
  • Preventing the Spread of Disease
  • Protecting Against Bloodborne Diseases
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Using Good Body Mechanics
  • The Client in Bed
  • Helping the Client to Be Mobile
  • Using Assistive Devices
  • Infection Control

Home Health Aide Module 5
Bedmaking, Personal Care and Elimination

  • Types of Beds
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises
  • Urinary Elimination
  • Bowel Elimination
  • Urinary and Bowel Elimination Problems
  • Caring for the Client
  • Standard Precautions and Medical Asepsis

Home Health Aide Module 6
Home Care Procedures

  • Urine and Stool Specimens
  • Sputum Specimens
  • Assisting Clients to Self-Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
  • Temperature and Pulse
  • Respirations and Measuring Blood Pressure
  • Medications
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Intravenous Infusions
  • Dry Dressings
  • Promoting Circulation

Home Health Aide Module 7
Caring for Older Adults, Mothers, Infants, and Children

  • Facts About Older Adults
  • Adjusting to Growing Older
  • Safety and the Older Adult
  • Who Are the Caregivers
  • Elder Neglect and Abuse
  • The Postpartum Period
  • The Baby Blues
  • Caring for Infants
  • Working with Children
  • Discipline Versus Punishment

Home Health Aide Module 8
Clients with Mental Illness and Those Requiring Home Care

  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness Treatment and Care
  • Substance Abuse
  • Infection Control
  • Home Health Aide Role
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • The Postoperative Client

Home Health Aide Module 9
Caring for the Client at the End of Life, Emergencies & Employment

  • Emotional Reactions to Death and Dying
  • Advance Directives and Hospice
  • Caring for the Dying Client
  • Preparing for Emergencies
  • Guidelines for Handling Emergencies
  • Locating Job Openings
  • Electronic Job Seeking
  • Certification
  • Supervision and Evaluation
  • Deciding to Leave Your Job

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Patient Advocacy

Patient Advocacy Module 1   
Advocacy in the U.S. Health System

  • Advocacy From Outside the Health System
  • Advocacy as an Underground Activity
  • Advocacy as an Ethical Imperative
  • Seven Common Problems for Healthcare Consumers
  • The Poor Law Tradition
  • Emphasis on Technology
  • Lack of Diversity in Medical Personnel
  • Medical Silos and Insular Care
  • From History to Case and Policy Advocacy
  • Case-Advocacy Interventions
  • Eight Case-Advocacy Tasks
  • Case Advocacy for a Very Sick Child

Patient Advocacy Module 2    
Case Advocacy Skills

  • Reading the Advocacy Context
  • Case-Advocacy Triage
  • Allocating Case-Advocacy Services
  • Diagnosing Task
  • Strategizing Task
  • Implementing Task
  • Assessing Task
  • Progression Task
  • Nature of Influence
  • Empowering Consumers
  • Promoting Ethical Conduct
  • Ethical Reasoning

Patient Advocacy Module 3    
Quality of Care and Cultural Competence

  • Defining “Quality Healthcare”
  • Criticisms of U.S. Healthcare in Addressing Illness
  • Policy as it Pertains to Quality of Care
  • Scenarios Encountered by Consumers
  • From Case Advocacy to Policy Advocacy
  • Conceptualizing Cultural Competency
  • What it Means to Be Culturally Competent
  • The Case for Providing Culturally Competent Services
  • Policy and Regulatory Thicket
  • Policy Advocacy to Promote Cultural Competence
  • From Case Advocacy Scenarios to Broader Policy Issues

Patient Advocacy Module 4     
Health Prevention and Financing

  • Defining Prevention
  • Threats to Health
  • Prevention Goals and Strategies
  • Barriers to Prevention
  • Why U.S. Consumers Particularly Need Prevention
  • From Case Advocacy to Policy Advocacy
  • Helping Consumers Finance Their Healthcare
  • Buck-Passing
  • Seniors’ Angst
  • Medical Wheel of Fortune
  • Ripple Effects of Health Costs and Coverage
  • Protecting Consumers With Respect to Health Coverage

Patient Advocacy Module 5
Mental Health and Community-Based Care

  • Mental Distress Often Experienced by Consumers
  • Who Attends Consumers’ Mental Health Needs
  • Why Consumers Turn to Health Settings
  • Liabilities in the Policy and Regulatory Thicket
  • Scenarios Encountered by Case Advocates
  • Helping Consumers Receive Community-Based Care
  • Consumer’s Health Ecosystems
  • Community-Based Health Services
  • Fifteen Case Advocacy Scenarios
  • Assets and Liabilities

Patient Advocacy Module 6  
Policy Advocacy

  • Importance of Policy Advocacy
  • Policy Advocacy Framework
  • Surmounting Fatalism, Controversy, and Vested Interests
  • Policy Advocacy in Four Settings
  • What Advocates Seek to Change
  • Using Policy to Embed Advocacy in Health Organizations
  • Health Advocacy in Communities
  • Policy Advocacy in Electoral Settings
  • Policy Advocacy in Legislative and Regulatory Settings
  • Advocating for Regulatory Changes
  • Establishing a Policy Agenda in Specific Health Settings

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks*. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Home Health Aide

Upon successful completion of our Home Health Aide Course, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for state certification. Each state has its own regulations. Visit the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) to view a state requirement list. Each state has specific requirements, we recommend you check with your state: health aide http://phinational.org/policy/home-health-aide-training-requirements-state

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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