A Home Health Aide can work independent of an agency without a license. However, if a Home Health Aide intends to work for Medicare or Medicaid home health agency, the aide must complete a minimum of 75 hours of training and 16 hours of clinical duties.
Registering as a Home Health Aide with a nurse registry requires more professional training. In order to become registered with a nurse registry, documentation must be provided to show a minimum of 40 hours of home health aide training by one of the following institutes:
a. A public vocational technical school
b. Private institutions licensed by the Florida Department of Education
c. Home health agency previously or currently employed with
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has contracted with Prometric to develop and manage its Nurse Aide Competency Examination and to manage its Nurse Aide Registry
You can click the below link to access the Nurse Registry:
Select Training Schools:
1. Manatee Technical Institute (MTI)
Program Name: Home Health Aide Career Preparation Program
Program Length: 50 hours
Tuition: $2.78 per clock hour for residents, $11.17 per clock hour for non-residents (cost for 2011-2012)
Address: 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., FL 34211 (East Campus Medical and Dental Bldg)
2. Technical Education Center-Osceola (TECO)
Program Name: Home Health Aide (HHA) Career Program
Program Length: 75 hours
Tuition: $253.75 for entire course (2011-2012 tuition, lab and registration fee)
Address: 501 Simpson Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34744
3. Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations (ANHO)
Program Name: Home Health Aide/Nurse Assistant Diploma Program
Program Length: 8.5 weeks
Tuition: $2,600 for entire program (2011-2013 cost for program and books)
Address: 5154 Okeechobee Blvd Ste 201, West Palm Beach, FL 33417
4. Seminole State College of Florida
Program Name: Advanced Home Health Aide (HHA) Certificate Program
Program Length: 215 hours
Tuition: $3,131 based on 15 credit hours per term (tuition and fees for Fall 2011-Spring 2012)
Address: 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773-6199
5. American Health Institute
AHI offers a five-week Home Health Aide program which requires attendance only 2 days per week. Students are required to complete 75 classroom and skill training hours.
Address: 10138 US HWY 19 N, Port Richey, FL 34668
6. Daytona College
Daytona College offers a Home Health Aide Certificate program which requires 75 contact hours and 2.0 quarter credit hours of instruction and clinical practice.
Address: 425 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
7. Eastern Florida State College
EFSC offers Patient Care Assistance PSAV Certificate program which is designed for individuals looking to pursue a career as Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Assistances and Home Health Aides. The course offers classroom, clinical and laboratory training, in a 290 hour timespan (11 credit hours).
Address: 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922
8. Sheridan Technical Center
Sheridan Technical Center offers a Home Health Aide program which requires 165 training hours and runs Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 p. m. to 9:30 p.m.
Address: 5400 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33021
9. Affordable Training
Affordable Training offers a three-week course, 75 training hours, for those who are interested in becoming Home Health Aides. Classes meet Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or Night classes, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday , Thursday and Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and full day on Saturdays.
Address: 23 Jackson Avenue North, Jacksonville, FL 32220
Some of the top HHA Agencies are as follows:
1. 1st Class Home Health
Address: 1414 NW 107TH AVE STE 114, Miami, FL 33172
2. Aaa Home Health Services
Address: 2929 SW 3RD AVE STE 520, Miami, FL 33169
3. Urra Home Health
Address: 2450 SW 137 AVE STE 233, Miami, FL 33175
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Approximately 25,720 people were employed as Home health aides in Florida in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $8.64/hour and $14.28/hour in 2015 (average rate was $11.02/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $17,980 and $29,690 (average annual wage was $22,920)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Florida Home Health Aide regulations are fairly lenient. There is no state licensing or certification of home health aides in Florida. Unlike other states, Florida does not offer a state-administered test of home health aides.