It’s no surprise that home health aide training in Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, is highly regulated.
While some states require no certification for home health aides, The District of Columbia does. What type of training requirements do you need?
Washington D.C. requires all home health aides to complete at least 75 hours of training, including 16 clinical hours. In addition, in order to be certified, home health aides must pass a competency exam issued by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing.
These are the same requirements issued across the U.S. to work as a home health aide in a Certified Medicare Facility.
Once the training requirements are complete, all aides are then required to apply for certification to the District of Columbia’s Board of Nursing. The requirements to be issued certification are as follows:
- (a) Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
- (b) Submit evidence of having successfully completed an approved home health aide program;
- (c) Pass a Board approved certification examination;
- (d) Complete a CBC; and
- (e) Submit an application and application fee
The current application fee is $50.
Where To Get HHA Training In Washington D.C.
Most of the training of home health aides are completed either through home health agencies or through the University of the District of Columbia-Community College. The state’s website has a list of approved HHA training programs in Washington D.C.
The advantage of training with your employer is that it’s often a no or very little cost compared to going to school. However, the advantage of attending a community college is that you can move up in the field easier, as you will completed some of the prerequisites for other certifications.