Congratulations on your choice to start your career as a home health aide!

You’re entering a field that is in need of qualified workers. Just as important, with the aging population in the U.S., a demand that will grow. So, your chances of employment today and in the future are more than excellent!

Home Health Aide Job Description

Home health aides assist the disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired.

On any given day, a home health aide may find themselves performing the following tasks:

  • Helping clients with daily tasks such as dressing and bathing
  • Simple housekeeping such as laundry, dishes, and vacuuming
  • Buying groceries and cooking meals to a client’s dietary specifications
  • Organize an individual’s schedule and planning appointments
  • Providing companionship to the client

Home health aides in some states may even give a client medication or check vital signs under the direction of a healthcare practitioner.

Home Health Aide License

To become a home health aide, there are both federal and state regulations you must meet.

Federal regulations require individuals to obtain 75 hours of training. Including observation and documentation of the 17 skills demonstrating competency and passing a written exam.

Some states then require additional training and licensing to become certified. Click on your state below to learn more about what it takes to become a home health aide.

StateMinimum Training HoursMinimum Clinical Hours
StateMinimum Training HoursMinimum Clinical Hours
Alabama7516
Alaska14080
Arizona7516
Arkansas7516
California12020
Colorado 7516
Connecticut7516
Delaware7516
District of Columbia 7516
Florida7516
Georgia7516
Hawaii10070
Idaho 12040
Illinois12040
Indiana7516
Iowa 7516
Kansas11045
Kentucky7516
Louisiana7516
Maine18070
Maryland10040
Massachusetts 7516
Michigan 7516
Minnesota7516
Mississippi7516
Missouri7516
Montana9125
Nebraska7516
Nevada7516
New Hampshire 10060
New Jersey 7616
New Mexico7516
New York7516
North Carolina7516
North Dakota7516
Ohio7516
Oklahoma7516
Oregon7516
Pennsylvania7516
Rhode Island10020
South Carolina7516
South Dakota7516
Tennessee7516
Texas7516
Utah7516
Vermont8030
Virginia 7516
Washington8550
West Virginia7516
Wisconsin12032
Wyoming9116