Home Health Aide (HHA)

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Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)

Program Description:

The Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) is a 16-hour Program tailored to meet the needs of the students who want to be certified as a Home Health Aide and work as Home Health Aides in Oklahoma. The CHHA Program must be completed in two consecutive days. CHHA can work for Home Health Agency, Homecare, and Private duty.

Upon successful completion and graduation from this Program, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and a Training Verification Form. After passing the State certification examination, the graduate shall be certified by the State of Oklahoma as a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) and be able to enter the workforce as Certified Home Health Aide at an entry-level position.

HHA Objectives:

  • Introduction to Home Care.
  • Infection Prevention and Safety in the Home.
  • Medications in Home Care.
  • New Mothers, Infants, and Children.
  • Meal Planning, Shopping, Preparation, and Storage.
  • The Clean, Safe, and Healthy Home Environment.

 Total Training hours for this program = 16 hours.

Class: 8 hours.

Skills lab: 8 hours

 Prerequisites:

  1. Current CNA certification or;
  2. Currently enrolled in the CNA program.

 Admission Requirements:

  1. Student Application.
  2. A CNA certification, with no abuse notations.
  3. Two forms of identification. (One must be a Social Security Card, and the other must be a photo ID, such as a current State Identification card or Driver’s License).
  4. A signed copy of an Affidavit of Lawful presence stating citizenship or alien status.

 Our CHHA class is designed in the following ways:

  1. Students who are enrolled in our CNA class can take 16 additional hours to become certified in both CNA and CHHA upon passing their CNA & CHHA Oklahoma State Test.
  2. If you are already certified as a CNA in Oklahoma with a clean certification, you can enroll at MedNoc Training College for CHHA class. Students attend the CHHA class for 16 hours (2 days) of training. Upon successful completion, you will take your CHHA state test. You will be issued an HHA certification by the Oklahoma State Department of Health-Nurse Aide registry if you pass.
  3.  A student may become CHHA in Oklahoma after completing a minimum of 75 clock hours in an approved program. (MTC does not offer this option).

 

STATE EXAM

A student already certified as a CNA in Oklahoma is required only to take the skills certification exam to be certified as a Home Health Aide in Oklahoma. The Student enrolled in both CNA and CHHA programs shall only take one exam covering both CNA and HHA. The exam shall be the knowledge and skills exam. The Student must first complete all the hours assigned to the CNA program and then complete 16 hours of HHA. The Student who passes the certification exam becomes CNA/CHHA.

Skills:

  • 5 Skills.
  • 45 minutes.
  • 80% must be achieved on all skills.
  • Vital signs must be within 2 points margin error.
CHHA TUITION AND FEES
  ITEM COST
1 Tuition, and Name Badge $ 150.00
2 State Certification Exam $ 140.00
  Total Cost $ 290.00

Covered in this Program?

The CHHA class  is designed to cover the following topics in class:
  1.  Demonstrate a Basic Understanding of the Health Care Industry
  2.  Demonstrate Legal and Ethical Behaviors
  3.  Protect and Promote Client Rights
  4.  Communicate Effectively with Clients, Families, and Co-workers
  5. Provide Assistance With Activities of Daily Living.
  6.  Understand and Use Infection Control Measures.
  7. Home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s blood pressure.
  8.  Provide for Client Safety: Demonstrate Basic Nursing Skills: Demonstrate Psychosocial Care Skills: Provide Care for Clients with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. 

HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE (CHHA) IN OKLAHOMA

If you want to become a Certified Home Health Aide in the State of Oklahoma, there are several ways that you can use.

I ALREADY HAVE A CNA CERTIFICATION IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.

 1. HHA DEEMING BEFORE MARCH 2012

The Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry requires those people who completed their CNA training and were issued their CNA certification before March 2012 to complete 16 clock hours of HHA training and only take the Skills Examination for certification. Upon passing the Skills Examination, the candidate will be issued with Home health Aide certification by the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry.

2. HHA TRAINING AFTER MARCH 2012.

If you completed your CNA training after March 2012 and the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry issued you a CNA certification, you are only required to complete 16 clock hours of HHA training. After completing the 16 clock hours of HHA training, you must complete a Nurse Aide Registry Form issued to you by the training site/ school and submit it to the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry with the appropriate fee. No state exam is required.

Here is the contact information for the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry:

CONTACT INFORMATION
Nurse Aide and Nontechnical Services Worker Registry
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1207
Phone  (405) 271-4085
E-mail   nar@health.ok.gov

MAIL ADDRESS/PAYMENT OF FEES
P.O. Box 268816
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-8816

LOCATION/WALK-INS/MAIL ADDRESS
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1207

I AM NOT A CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

  1. ENROLLED IN A CNA TRAINING PROGRAM

A student who is enrolled in an approved CNA program, which must be at least a minimum of 75 clock hours may deem 16 clock hours of HHA training.  However, the student must first complete the CNA training and then complete 16 clock hours of HHA training. After successful completion of the two courses, the student is issued a Verification Form indicating the completion of a minimum of 75 clock hours of CNA training and an additional 16 clock hours of CHHA training. After completing the CNA and HHA training, the student may take a CNA certification exam. This exam is comprised of Knowledge and Skills. Upon passing the certification exam, the student becomes certified in the state of Oklahoma as CNA and HHA.

If a student chooses to exploit this route, there is no exam for HHA.

  1. ATTENDING 75 CLOCK HOUR HHA TRAINING

If you are not already certified as a CNA in Oklahoma, and you want to become a CHHA without completing a CNA training program, you must complete 75 clock hours of HHA training in an approved school within the State of Oklahoma.

Even though this is an available option to help you obtain a CHHA certification in Oklahoma, most of the employers will not hire you if you only have an HHA certification. Employers prefer to hire someone who has both the CNA certification and HHA certification

The information below about HHA job outlook has been provided by US Bureau of Labor Statistics website: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-aides.htm#tab-1

What Home Health Aides Do

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Home health aides provide companionship to clients.

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication (Not in Oklahoma). Home Health Aide will check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

Duties

Home health aides typically do the following:

  • Assist clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Provide basic health-related services according to a client’s needs, such as checking vital signs or administering prescribed medication at scheduled times
  • Do light housekeeping such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Help to organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals to meet a client’s dietary specifications
  • Help to keep clients engaged in their social networks and communities

Home health aides, unlike personal care aides, typically work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive government funding and therefore must comply with regulations. They work under the direct supervision of medical professionals, usually nurses. These aides keep records of services performed and of clients’ conditions and progress. They report changes in clients’ conditions to supervisors or case managers. Home health aides also work with therapists and other medical staff.

Depending on their clients’ needs, home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. They may also help with simple prescribed exercises and provide medication reminders. Occasionally, give massages, care for skin, or help with braces and artificial limbs. With special training, experienced home health aides also may help to transport clients to doctor’s appointments.

HHA Work Environment

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Most work in a client’s home, others work in small group homes or larger care communities. Some home health aides go to the same home every day or week for months or even years. Some visit four or five clients in the same day, while others work only with one client all day. They may work with other aides in shifts so that the client always has an aide. They help people in hospices and day services programs, and also help people with disabilities go to work and stay engaged in their communities.

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