Home Health Aide Training In Pennsylvania

Looking for qualified home health aide training in Pennsylvania? Here’s what you need to know.

First things first, when it comes to home health aide training there are both national and Pennsylvania specific criteria you must meet.

Why both?

Because medicare  approved facilities must provide service to their clients with certified home health aides.

Therefore, your first step to becoming a certified home health aide in Pennsylvania is to meet the federal minimum guidelines, which are 75 hours of total training, including 16 hours of clinical on the job training. In addition to meeting the training hour requirements, you must pass a competency exam.

Next, you must meet the requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  

Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains the same federal requirements above. (Note: Other states such as Illinois require 120 hours of total training to become a certified home health aide.)

In addition, there are the following requirements set forth by the state for medicare approved home health facilities. 

  • Conduct criminal background checks and child abuse clearances, if applicable on all staff.
  • Conduct TB screens for all direct care workers, contractors and office staff with direct consumer contact.

Where To Get Home Health Aide Training

There are three primary options for prospective home health aides to get the qualified training.

  1. Community Colleges of Vocational Schools with approved programs
  2. Home Care and Hospice Organizations (often these programs are free to future employees)
  3. Pass a competency exam

Whatever training method you select, make sure it’s approved in the state of Pennsylvania towards the 75 hours of training. Many online programs and community colleges offer training, however, there’s no guarantee the training can count towards your 75 hours in Pennsylvania. 

The future is bright for home health aides. Qualified individuals are in very high demand. Just as important, the demand is only expected to grow with the first wave of baby boomers beginning to need care. Best of luck!

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