Home Health Aide (HHA Licensing)
HHA (Home Health Aide) Qualifications All individuals interested in a career as a home health aide must complete an academic program, including classroom and clinical training, as well as pass a state exam in order to become certified. The District of Columbia Board of Nursing requires every (HHA) Home Health Aide training program must have at least one hundred twenty five hours (125) of instruction. (Theory and Clinical)
The HHA certification exam, also known as the nurse aide assessment examination, or the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), is the final test a home health aide student must pass in order to become eligible for employment and for being listed on the Nurse Aide Registry of District of Columbia or any other State. The HHA certification exam is designed to evaluate the knowledge, skills and abilities required to safely perform the job of a home health aide. The evaluation consists of two main parts: a written and a hands-on (clinical), skills examination. Home Health Aide candidates who pass both the written and the skills evaluation qualifies for obtaining a District of Columbia home health aide certification and is eligible for any entry-level home health aide position. The entity responsible for developing a home health evaluation program which respects both federal and state regulations is the District of Columbia Board of Nursing.
What to do if you fail the HHA Certification Exam?
Most states permit a home health aide student to take the home health aide test three times after completing the HHA training program. Both parts of the test need to be retaken if you failed both the written and the skills examination. Those who only failed one of the components (either the written or the hands-on component) are allowed to re-test for that part only. When a student has been unsuccessful in passing the national home health aide examination three consecutive times they are REQUIRED to go through a HHA training program again.
Would you like to become a Certified Home Health Aide? At Allied Health & Technology Institute, we give you the training and instruction that will make you a competent care provider for your future patients.
Topics covered in class and the training will include:
- Safety Supervision
- Light Housekeeping Tasks
- Nail Care / Skin Care
- Providing Companionship
- General Health Supervision
- Meal Preparation and Clean-Up after Meals
- Personal Hygiene Assistance
- Help the Client with Daily Personal Tasks (Bathing and Dressing)
- Arrange Transportation to Doctors’ Appointments
- Running Light Errands
- Assistance with Feeding
- Laundry and Linen Changes
- Routine Care Assistance
- Organize Appointments for the Client