When it comes to home health aide training in Massachusetts, there are many options future home health aides have.
To know what option is best for you, it’s important to understand the regulations both in the state of Massachusetts and nationally pertaining to home health aides.
The Federal Training Requirements To Become A Home Health Aide
There is no mandate stating that all home health aides must be certified in the U.S. It’s up to each state to decide on their state’s certification process.
It’s important to realize that there are both medicare certified and non-certified agencies/facilities. If you choose to work at a certified medicare facility, no matter the state, you must be certified.
The federal requirements to become a certified home health are that one must complete 75 hours of training, including 16 clinical hours, and pass a competency exam.
Requirements To Become A Certified Health Aide In Massachusetts
The State of Massachusetts does not issue certifications to become a home health aide.
If you wanted to work for a non medicare certified agency or facility, you could technically be hired today as a home health aide.
However, if you do plan to work for a certified medicare facility, you must complete the federal minimum requirements. It’s recommended you receive training from an approved NAHC training provider.
Where Can You Get Home Health Aide Training In Massachusetts?
There are really two options one has to get certified as a home health aide in Massachusetts.
- Vocational School or Community Colleges
- Home Health Care Agencies
Most home health aides choose option two.
Since certified home health aides are in high demand, many agencies will provide the approved training for their employees. This is typically at no cost to you.