Home Health Aide

Degree offered

Certificate of Recognition in Home Health Aide (HHA)


Patricia Dent

Program contact


Program Code: HH

Program Goal Statement

This course provides additional skills, knowledge and guidelines for the CNA.  There will be a review of competencies. There will be a pre-test on body systems along with a review of the role of the CNA in reporting and recording deviations from normal in skin or mental status during hygienic care.  Reporting and recording will be discussed along with the body systems. Topics will cover the role of the CNA, HHA, along with the use of assistive devices, employee-employer relationship, safety, infection control, communication, ADL’s, privacy, dignity and autonomy.  There will be more work with safety related to adaptive equipment such as Hydraulic lifts and wheelchairs along with natural transfer devices and good boy mechanics.  Good nutrition will be stressed along with helping the patient who is on a special diet.  Meal preparation, special mouth care, dentition will be discussed.  Housekeeping, purchasing supplies will also be discussed.

Program Information

  • The Home Health Aide course is a 20-hour program.
  • A Certificate of Recognition in Home Health Aide (HHA) upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements.

Program Requirements

Program Courses

HLT 108Home Health Aide (HHA)

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:1

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

HLT 108

Essential Functions 

  • The Home Health Aide program essential functions include certain cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities which are necessary to perform the duties of a home health aide.  In order to meet the course requirements, students must possess the following basic abilities.
  • Cognitive ability sufficient to learn and use the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum requirements and attain career entry status in the profession.
  • Physical ability, sufficient mobility, and motor coordination to safely perform all activities associated with the requirements of home health aide.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read all appropriate instructions related to patient care.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from patients and staff.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with instructors, staff, and patients.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to interact professionally with instructors, staff and patients, respect patient confidentiality, use reasonable judgment and accept responsibility for their actions.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a state-approved high school equivalent credential required. 

Requirements Upon Admission

  • Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations, or titre (blood tests to prove immunity).  A TB test is required.  Health insurance and professional liability insurance are required.  Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening and CORI/SORI checks are required by clinical agencies.
  • Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

    For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

  • Students must have current CPR Certification from the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers).

Grade Requirements

A "C" or better is required in all science courses and HLT 108. 

Additional Costs

Students accepted into the program are responsible for associated costs such as liability insurance and practicum costs including travel.  Transportation to the practicum sites is the students responsibility.  Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus.

After BCC

Graduates may continue to become a Personal Care Assististant or CNA.

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