Home Health Aide Apprenticeship

Hawkeye Community College offers a three-level Home Health Aide Apprenticeship Program. This program was developed to meet the needs of area employers who are seeking a training program to fulfill the need for healthcare professionals in the home healthcare setting. This program combines classroom instruction and on-the-job work experience. 

Requirements

  • Students are sponsored by an employer or local business.
  • All apprenticeship classes have an enforced attendance policy.

For more information or to register for the Home Health Aide Apprenticeship, contact the health coordinator.

 Geriatric Specialty

Class 1
Class meets April 6–June 9, 2020 on Monday and Wednesday from 8:00am–2:30pm
Training Hours 98 hours
Tuition Call program coordinator.
Tuition includes books, materials, scrubs, and testing.

The Geriatric Specialty  apprentices will learn how to perform a combination of duties including care of residents/clients in a nursing home or other medical community under the direction of nursing and medical staff. You will respond to signal lights or call systems to determine resident/client needs and assist with activities of daily living (ADL) as indicated by the plan of care utilizing adaptive equipment as indicated. You will also maintain respect and dignity in all aspects of care, interact with residents/clients and direct visitors, and answer the telephone. Additionally, you will take and record vital signs and food and fluid intake and output, as directed.

On-the-Job Learning

Competency areas have been identified to lend focus and direction to the professional development of nursing assistants. The apprentice will attain a basic level of mastery across all competency areas before receiving certification. Basic mastery will be represented by the apprentices being able to articulate their learning with each competency area and demonstrate that they have successfully integrated all the competencies in their work. The order in which the apprentices learn will be determined by the flow of work on-the-job and will not necessarily be in the order listed in each program level. Times allotted to these various processes are estimated for the average apprentice to learn each phase of the occupation and demonstrate competency. They are intended only as a guide to indicate the quality of training being provided and the ability of an apprentice to absorb this training in an average amount of time.

Assessment

Apprentices will take the Prepare to Care exam and also sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant state exam.

Home Health Aide

Class 2
Class meets June 15–July 15, 2020 on Monday and Wednesday from 8:00am–1:00pm
Training Hours 43 hours
Tuition Call program coordinator.
Tuition includes certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support, Blood Borne Pathogens, and HIPAA

Home Health Aide apprentices will learn how to assist clients in their own homes and other community settings with activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing, and toileting. They will perform a variety of health-related tasks under the direction of a licensed nurse. Apprentices will learn the role of the home health aide including the following skills and certifications:

  • Understanding client rights and confidentiality
  • Communication and problem-solving skills
  • Personal care skills
  • Infection control procedures
  • Safely recognize and respond to emergencies according to procedures
  • Basic Life Support, Blood Borne Pathogens, and HIPAA

On-the-Job Learning

Competency areas have been identified to lend focus and direction to the professional development of nursing assistants. The apprentice will attain a basic level of mastery across all competency areas before receiving certification. Basic mastery will be represented by the apprentices being able to articulate their learning with each competency area and demonstrate that they have successfully integrated all the competencies in their work. The order in which the apprentices learn will be determined by the flow of work on-the-job and will not necessarily be in the order listed in each program level. Times allotted to these various processes are estimated for the average apprentice to learn each phase of the occupation and demonstrate competency. They are intended only as a guide to indicate the quality of training being provided and the ability of an apprentice to absorb this training in an average amount of time.

Advanced Home Health Aide

Class 3
Class meets July 20–August 5, 2020 on Monday and Wednesday from 8:00am–1:00pm
Training Hours 30 hours
Tuition Call program coordinator.

Advanced Home Health Aide apprentices will continue to work with clients in their own homes and community settings while they learn and demonstrate an advanced level of care to their work processes. Apprentices will work on advancing their skills in the following:

  • Communication
  • Treatment, care plans, and monitoring
  • Observing and reporting
  • Medication management
  • Client engagement and organizing care activities

On-the-Job Learning

Competency areas have been identified to lend focus and direction to the professional development of nursing assistants. The apprentice will attain a basic level of mastery across all competency areas before receiving certification. Basic mastery will be represented by the apprentices being able to articulate their learning with each competency area and demonstrate that they have successfully integrated all the competencies in their work. The order in which the apprentices learn will be determined by the flow of work on-the-job and will not necessarily be in the order listed in each program level. Times allotted to these various processes are estimated for the average apprentice to learn each phase of the occupation and demonstrate competency. They are intended only as a guide to indicate the quality of training being provided and the ability of an apprentice to absorb this training in an average amount of time.

Health Continuing Education Classes

A variety of classes are available to fulfill license requirements, brush up on skills, or learn new techniques.

View and Register for Continuing Education Classes

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Brenda Helmuth
319-296-2329, ext.3017
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