The road to becoming a Personal Care Assistant

by | Jun 21, 2016 | Healthcare

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Whether you’re just curious or you’re actually looking into this career path, the journey of being a personal care assistant is an interesting one. It’s definitely different for every person. Some take longer to become certified home health aides than others. Either way, we’re breaking down common milestones for you, just in care this is a career path you want to explore, or maybe just want to learn about.

Too cool for school?

When it comes to educational requirements in becoming a certified home health aide, the industry is surprisingly lenient. Formally, there are no educational requirements however one should not that many of the personal care assistants we have today have at least a high school diploma. If you don’t have one, don’t let it deter you. Despite industry norms, having a high school diploma still isn’t a hard perquisite so you should have nothing to worry about.

Learning the ropes

Since there are no educational requirements to become a personal care assistant, one should still undergo training before taking on certifications. The requirement of formal training really depends on the state you’re in. For example, if you wanted to be a certified home health aide in NJ (New Jersey), you need to undergo formal training with a registered nurse. Many care agencies provide this sort of training for personal care hopefuls, so it pays to look into it!

Getting certified

The certification that home health aides go through isn’t to earn professional licenses, so keep that in mind. Licensure for them focuses on the day-to-day and hands-on training. You need to be able to complete at least seventy-five to a hundred and twenty hours of training in order to get your certificate, however this varies from state to state.

Now that we’ve been over all the basics, hopefully you’re more enlightened to start your personal home care journey! It’s incredibly fulfilling work that provides a real impact to lives of so many people, so it’s always worth looking into.

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