Home Health Aide Diploma

Penn Foster Career School's Home Health Aide Diploma Program provides you with the chance to learn how to provide support to clients in home care environments. Read on to find out more about this diploma program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Penn Foster Career School's Home Health Aide Diploma Program is designed to help you learn the skills that will help you provide personal care and support to patients in home and community settings. Topics covered include nutrition, effective communication techniques, medicine calculations, body systems, and the laws regulating healthcare information. You'll also have the chance to learn about providing care that meets the physical, psychological, and mental needs of all patients - as well as how to watch for changes in their conditions. This program also includes an externship where you have the chance to gain hands-on training in an actual home health care setting.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Students considering enrolling in Penn Foster Career School's Home Health Aide Diploma Program, may have some health care knowledge or an interest in helping others. As an applicant to Penn Foster Career School, you should be at least 18 years old.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Home Health Aide Diploma Program consists of nine courses broken down into mobile-friendly lessons. You could complete this program in as little as six months. Since all courses in this program are presented online, you will need a computer running Microsoft® Windows® and Windows® 7 or later, high-speed Internet access, and an e-mail account.

Home Health Aide Courses

  • Introduction to the Home Health Aide Role
  • Therapeutic Communication Skills
  • Body Systems and Medication 1
  • Body Systems and Medication 2
  • Home Care Procedures
  • Nutrition
  • Meeting Clients' Needs
  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality
  • Externship

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After completing this program, you start your path towards a career as a home health care aide where you care for the needs of patients, including those who are ill, disabled, elderly, or have a mental condition. Your duties could include performing health assessments, helping patients with daily hygiene tasks, and organizing or cleaning their environment.

Advanced Degrees

If you want to pursue additional education, you could consider an associate degree program in a related healthcare field. These degree programs could help you gain the skills for career in nursing, medical assisting, and more. Some of the associate degree programs you could consider pursuing include:

  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate of Science in Health Care Management
  • Associate of Science in Nursing