HHA Training Requirements:
The federal requirements to become a HHA include:
- Minimum 75 hours of training
- Including minimum 16 clinical hours. The trainee must complete 16 hours of classroom training before undertaking clinical training.
- 12 hours of continuing education every 12 months. The continuing education must be under the guidance of a registered nurse.
Along with the federal requirements, the state wide requirements for Indiana include:
- Have successfully completed a competency evaluation program that addresses each of the subjects listed in the state rule; and
- Be entered on and in good standing on the state aide registry
Minimum 12 hours of continuing education is required every 12 months
This must be completed at the approved agency (refer to the directory link provided above to obtain list of agencies) and must cover the following areas:
- Communications skills, including the ability to read, write, and make brief and accurate oral presentations to patients, caregivers, and other home health agency staff.
- Observing reporting, and documenting patient status and the care or service furnished.
- Reading and recording temperature, pulse, and respiration.
- Basic infection control procedures and universal precautions.
- Basic elements of body functioning and changes in body function that must be reported to an aide's supervisor.
- Recognizing emergencies and knowledge of emergency procedures.
- The physical, emotional, and developmental needs of and ways to work
The individual Home Health Agency create their own curriculum and the candidate of the agency must complete the training and pass the evaluation. The directory of approved Home Health Agencies can be accessed below:
You can access all relevant application (new and renewal) forms are available here
The home health agency is then responsible for getting the name of the candidate on the nurse aide registry. Once on the registry, HHAs can then be called Registered Home Health Aides (RHHAs). All home health aides must be registered on state registry
If the home health agency issuing the proof of the aide's achievement of successful completion of a competency evaluation program is not the employing agency, the employing agency shall keep a copy of the competency evaluation documentation
Approximately 12,680 people were employed as Home health aides in Indiana in 2015.
Hourly Rate - Home health aides earned between $8.22/hour and $13.65/hour in 2015 (average rate was $10.62/hour)
Annual Salary - The annual salary ranged between $17,100 and $28,400 (average annual wage was $22,090)
Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) governs over Home Health Aides in Indiana.
While federal requirements are sufficient to work as a Home Health Aides, Home Health Agencies and are responsible for establishing their own policies on qualifications and needed training. State government does not certify training sites or the syllabus of each individual agency or organization under contract to provide training services.