Home Health Aide Program Online

Our Home Health Aide training program was developed by professionals to make sure you learn practical, real-world skills. You’ll graduate ready to get started towards a fulfilling career in a growing field.

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating 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; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers 

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Safety Issues

Safety in the Home Environment 

Outdoor safety hazards; assessing environment for safety hazards; avoiding slips, trips, and falls; walking surfaces and stairs.

Bloodborne Pathogens 

Universal precaution methods; protective equipment and clothing; types of bloodborne pathogen exposure.

Preventing Violence 

Dementia symptoms; aggressive response behavior; behaviors indicating pain; caregiver/patient communication.

Safe Patient Handling 

Health care ergonomics; high-risk patient care activities; environmental risks; mechanical aids for lifting/moving patients.

Lesson Group 3: Home Care Fundamentals

Providing Care in the Home 

Common home health aide tasks; communicating with insurance companies and health professionals; tasks and responsibilities of other providers.

Communication Skills and Working with People 

Verbal, written, and non-verbal communication; observation skills and reporting patient changes; effectively dealing with patients, families, and other health providers; the effects of pain and medication on communication.

Caring for the Elderly Patient 

Aging population statistics and trends; goals, feelings, and concerns of the elderly; physical and cognitive changes related to aging; transport safety; exercise, sleep, and medication.

Working with Children 

Children’s specific needs; family relations; stages of child development; developmental disabilities; child abuse; newborn and infant care.

Caring for the Dying in the Home 

Dealing with feelings about dying and death; stages of grief; palliative care; DNRs, living wills, and legal issues; aid techniques for end-of-life patients.

Infection Control, Cleanliness, and Safety in the Home 

Hand washing techniques and importance; transmittable disease isolation techniques; medical waste/ supply procedures; household duties; safety hazards.

Planning, Purchasing, and Serving Food 

“My Plate” food guidelines; food allergies and nutritional restrictions; shopping for food; safely storing and preparing food; therapeutic diets; safety factors when feeding.

Lesson Group 4: Specialized Care

Basic Body Movements and Positions 

Body mechanic basics; assessing daily activity level; posture, support, and alignment of patients.

Skin Care and Personal Care 

Formation and healing of decubitus ulcers; basic skin care; effects of radiation and chemotherapy; oral hygiene; hair care and bathing; toileting and bedpans.


Types and purposes of rehabilitation programs; Range of Motion (ROM) exercises; proper use of wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, canes, crutches, and walkers; safely transporting a patient; speech language therapy; occupational therapy.

Vital Signs, Fluid Balance, and Specimen Collection 

Checking and reporting vital signs; recognizing patient pain; fluid balance; collecting specimens for laboratory testing.

Special Procedures 

Medication storage; oxygen therapy; blood sugar testing; cast care; care around IVs, catheters, and ostomies.

Common Diseases 

Common diseases in home health patients; causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of common diseases; home health aides role in dealing with common diseases.

Emergency Procedures 

First aid and CPR; poisoning, burns, and shock procedures; preparing for emergency situations.

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Program Description

The Home Health Aide program teaches students how to help the elderly, the disabled, and people in ill health to maintain their quality of life and independence at home. Focus is on safety and universal precautions; moving and lifting patients; cleanliness and infection control; caring for children, the elderly, and the dying; and patient health, hygiene, and nutrition. Students learn how to check and report on vital signs, handle special situations, and perform emergency procedures.

Program Objectives

After completing the Home Health Aide program, students will be able to:

  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.

Complete our online Home Health Aide program on your terms. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll now.