How to Become a HHA in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is one of the many states in America who follow federal guidelines for HHA training. Due to this, those looking for a job as HHAs must complete at least 16 hours with hands-on clinical practice or more and no less than 75 hours overall.
In order to receive your home health aide certificate in Massachusetts you need to follow the minimum [federal] home health aide education requirements. HHA training programs must consist of:
- at least seventy-five (75) hours of training
- which needs to include at least sixteen (16) hours of clinical training
- plus, there is a requirement to complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education for every twelve (12) months
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How To Be a HHA in Massachusetts
The perspective of being a home health aide in Massachusetts is exciting. As you are learning the requirements and getting your HHA certificate, be sure to follow them closely as they will help get your career started off on the right foot!
You do need to remain focused on the end game: getting your HHA certificate so you can jump right in and make a living in the medical field helping others in their home.
Massachusetts home health care has tremendous opportunities for those seeking to enter the medical field as a home health aide, personal care aide or certified nurse assistant.
The requirements are fairly typical of many other states though it’s worth going in some of the details.
A home health aide is an essential member of the home care team.
Under the supervision of a licensed nurse, they bathe, dress, feed, mobilize and transport people in their home.
Other responsibilities include preparation of equipment, care of the client’s home and record keeping.
Here’s a detailed home health aide job description.
Registered nurses (RN) may delegate the administration of medications in the home to a home health aide; provided, that the aide has completed training on medication administration and meets minimum requirements according to regulations and that the administration or assistance with administration is performed under the supervision of a RN.
These medications are limited those which are oral, ophthalmic, otic, topical, internasal, transdermal, suppository, prefilled auto-injectables designed for self-administration, or products which are administered by inhalation. The delegation of intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal, intraosseous or intravenous administration of medication shall not be permitted.
Massachusetts HHA Resources
- Here’s our exclusive search tool to find Massachusetts HHA agencies and FREE training classes near you!
- New: you can get started as a home health aide in just weeks.
- HHA minimum wage from the U.S. Department of Labor. Most direct care workers (such as HHA's) must receive a federal minimum wage.
- Community VNA offers FREE Home Health Aide (HHA) training classes. Classes run for 4 weeks and take place weekday evenings with some Saturdays. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to work in Massachusetts as a certified Home Health Aide.
- Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is a non-profit trade association of home care agencies; this a great resource to locate agencies for employment and training.
- Seven Hills Foundation is one of the most dynamic and comprehensive health and human services agencies in the country. With more than 160 locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and seven countries abroad, Seven Hills is the premier provider of comprehensive supports for people with significant life challenges.
- Another valuable resource is Mass Home Care; listings of agencies by county to help narrow your search.
- Check out this article on Western Mass News regarding Golden Years Homecare Services. They are offering a 75-hour certification course for free – goes for more than $1,500! Learn more at Golden Years Homecare Services.
- Here’s a well-known and reputable resource that connects businesses with jobseekers: MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center; fabulous service.
Here’s the federal code Section 484.80 Massachusetts follows.
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