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Personal Care Aide (PCA) & Home Health Aide Training Program

  • 75 Hours Online Training; Mobile-Friendly
  • Access weekly virtual career coaching sessions
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Lynn Peoples
    PhD, RN, Co-Founder
    Former Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nina Perez
    MSN, RN, Co-Founder
    Former Chief Nursing Officer
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What is a HHA & PCA?

The jobs of the Home Health Aide (HHA) and Personal Care Aide (PCA) are different depending on what state you work in and what the agency expects you to do. The US Department of Labor gives these general descriptions of what each job is.

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Home Health Aides...

monitor the health status of an individual with disabilities or illness and addresses their health-related needs. Work is performed under the direction of offsite or intermittent onsite licensed nursing staff. HHAs provide assistance with routine healthcare tasks or activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting, or ambulation. They may also help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry depending on the patient's abilities.

Personal Care Aides...

provide personalized assistance to individuals with disabilities or illness who require help with personal care and activities of daily living support (e.g., feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation). They may also provide help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry. Work is performed in various settings depending on the needs of the care recipient and may include locations such as their home, place of work, out in the community, or at a daytime nonresidential facility. An example is a Companion.

How It Works

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    Start & Study When You Want

    Complete 75 hours of online training on your own. Review the curriculum below. Print certificate of completion after successfully passing the online exam. You can also work while you're studying!

  • 2

    Get Career Support

    Attend weekly virtual career coaching sessions (as many as you'd like) to get career advice & assistance matching to an employer for additional on-the-job training. Sessions take place via Facebook Live.

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    Access On-The-Job Training

    Start earning and grow your career

    We will help you find employers hiring in your area. However, you are responsible for securing a job. In all states, this program will provide training to work as a caregiver companion. In some states, you can provide the completion certificate to your employer and they can provide additional training, allowing you to receive a Home Health Aide Certification. Please note this online training will NOT certify you to become a Home Health Aide - it will help you work towards getting there.

What's included in the $79 fee?

The fee includes access to 75-hours of online training and invitations to attend weekly virtual coaching sessions.

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Does this program meet requirements in my state?

The TruMont Personal Care Aide & Home Health Aide program exceeds the minimum federal standard for home health aide training: 59 hours of classroom instruction. The program consists of 20 modules with 23 simulation videos, 75 hours of online training, and online assessments. The online training can always be used to work as a caregiver companion and will help you learn, while showing employers the new skills you've gained. In some states, you can receive a Home Health Aide Certificate by completing the agency’s competency exam and/or additional on-the-job training; the home health agency employer awards your Home Health Aide Certificate (TruMont does not certify home health aides but provides this program as a training vehicle in partnership with myCNAjobs, who helps you find employment).

State training requirements vary for Home Health Aides, with some states requiring more than the Federal standard including requirements beyond those offered in this program. There are also some states that require Home Health Aides to be a Certified Nursing Aides for employment in that state. For the most up to date HHA training requirements in your state, go here:

As of June 1, 2021, The TruMont program meets requirements in the following states below. However, please note the link above will house the latest information. It is the responsibility of the individual employer you work for to verify that this method is acceptable in your state and to work for their agency as an HHA. Most caregivers that take this training can work as a Personal Care Aide, however only some caregivers will receive a certificate to work as a Home Health Aide, awarded by your employer.

  • Alabama,
  • Arizona,
  • Indiana,
  • Michigan,
  • Minnesota,
  • New Mexico,
  • Missouri,
  • North Dakota,
  • Ohio,
  • Pennsylvania,
  • South Carolina,
  • South Dakota,
  • Virginia,
  • West Virginia,
  • Texas,
  • Florida – licensed home care agencies use the Florida Home Health Competency Test,
  • Georgia - must use state approved competency exam

State training requirements vary for Personal Care Aides, some states have no requirements, most have no requirements for aides working in private duty/ private pay situations. Learn more about PCA training requirements in your state here:

All learners can work as a caregiver companion and will receive an online certificate of completion. You must submit your online training to an employer to complete home health aide training to become a home health aide in select sates.

Please review and understand the requirements in your state prior to enrolling in this program.

Professional licensing / certification information Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the TruMont Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for licensing information:

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The 75-Hour Online Curriculum

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Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Home Health Care

  • Legal and ethical responsibilities specific to home health aides
  • How to recognize and report signs of substance abuse
  • How to support and promote residents' rights
  • How to organize patient-care assignments
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Communication & Terminology

  • The definition of communication
  • How diversity may affect communication
  • Body language
  • How to manage angry and/or inappropriate communication and behavior
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Infection Control

  • Infection control and why it's important
  • The chain of infection/mode of transmission
  • How to prevent the spread of infection & PPE
  • The importance of hand hygiene
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Home Care Safety & Handling Emergencies

  • Typical safety hazards found in the home
  • General rules of safety
  • Equipment and heater safety
  • What to do in case of various types of fire in the home
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Client-Centered Holistic Care

  • The meaning of providing Holistic Care
  • How to approach clients and provide care that respects sexuality rights, cultural diversity, and religious differences
  • The role of the HHA in teaching the client and family
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Immune & Lymph, Endocrine, & Integumentary Systems

  • The normal functioning of each body system
  • Conditions that are caused by an abnormal body system
  • Common disorders/diseases of each body system
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Urinary, Reproductive, & Gastrointestinal Systems

  • The purposes of the GU, Reproductive, and GI Systems
  • The organs and structures of these systems and the roles of each
  • Common conditions, diagnoses, and surgeries
  • Observations, documentation, and reporting
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Musculoskeletal & Nervous Systems

  • The purpose of the Musculoskeletal & Nervous Systems and how they function
  • Organs and structures of the Musculoskeletal and Nervous Systems and the role of each
  • Common conditions, diagnoses, and surgeries
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Circulatory System

  • The purpose of the Cardiovascular System and how it functions
  • Organs and structures of the Cardiovascular System and the role of each
  • Appropriate observations, documentation, and reporting related to the Cardiovascular System
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Respiratory System

  • The purpose of the Respiratory System and how it functions
  • Organs and structures of the Respiratory System and the role of each
  • Common conditions, diagnoses, and surgeries related to the Respiratory System and the appropriate care
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Mental Health & Mental Illness

  • The characteristics of mental health
  • The causes of mental illness
  • How to communicate with clients who have a mental illness
  • Delirium and dementia and the role of the HHA in caring for these clients
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Human Development & Aging

  • Stages in human development
  • The common issues found in each stage of development
  • The reaction to stress in various developmental stages
  • How to handle difficult behavior at each developmental stage
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Personal Care

  • Bed Baths
  • Procedures for safety in the bathroom
  • How to assist with and/or administer oral hygiene
  • Assisting clients with toileting
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Skin Care, Ambulation, & Range of Motion

  • Appropriate measures to prevent skin breakdown
  • Signs of skin breakdown
  • Turning, transferring, and positioning clients safely
  • Assistive devices
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Nutrition, Medication, Oxygen, & Pain

  • Nutrients and food groups
  • Regional, cultural, and religious food preferences
  • Special diets and what is allowed in each
  • Methods of maintaining fluid balance including forcing and restricting fluids
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Care Procedures

  • Applying anti-embolic hose and sequential compression devices
  • Assisting client with moist and dry heat applications
  • Assisting with ostomy care
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Special Client Care

  • Assisting with rehabilitative activities
  • The purposes of restorative programs
  • What hospice is and when it can be used
  • The principles of care for the dying client
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Home Management Skills

  • Following an established work plan
  • Maintaining a clean and safe home environment
  • Disinfectants
  • How to modify housekeeping tasks
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

Caring For Self

  • Behaviors for self-care
  • Healthy habits and hazards to health
  • Ways to reduce stress
  • Ways to manage money
Personal Care Aide & HHA Program

My Healthcare Career

  • How to begin your healthcare career
  • The components of a resume
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • How to progress down a professional career path

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