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.


  • 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.

Apprenticeship Classes

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.

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

Class 1: Geriatric Specialty

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.

Class meets: September 14 – November 4, 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.

Class 2: Home Health Aide

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

Class meets: August 10 – September 9, 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

Class 3: Advanced Home Health Aide

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

Class meets: September 14 – 30, 2020 on Monday and Wednesday from 8:00am–1:00pm
Training Hours: 30 hours
Tuition: Call program coordinator

Health Continuing Education Classes

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

View and Register for Continuing Education Classes

Contact Information

Health Coordinator

Melissa Smith
319-296-2329, ext.3004
Email Melissa Smith

Business & Community Education

Cedar Falls Center
319-266-6772 (fax)
Email Business and Community Education

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