Certificate in Home Health Aide

This program prepares students to enter the home health care profession as an entry-level home health aide. Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will meet all New Mexico Department of Health standards for certification as a home health aide.

All students are required to show proof of vaccinations and  must meet the stated requirements of each assigned clinical site to qualify for placement. The Certificate in Personal Care Attendant nests into this certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the role, responsibilities, and scope of practice of the home health aide to long-term, clinical, and home care settings with appraisal of policies and regulations governing each setting
  • Apply the home health aide role to infection prevention, safety, provision of first aid and emergency response in various healthcare settings
  • Demonstrate appropriate technique, documentation, and reporting of home health aide skills, including assisting with activities of daily living, vital signs, and precautions with lines and tubes
  • Evaluate the home health aide’s role in supporting health and healing, including the identification of reportable conditions, when caring for patients with acute and chronic conditions
  • Differentiate normal aging from dementia and describe supportive measures when caring for the patient with dementia
  • Identify the stages of grieving for the patient, family and self and examine methods to support effective coping and physical comfort for the patient who is dying
  • Identify methods to achieve self-care and management of career and personal life 

Students can earn the following degree related to the certificate:

AAS in Allied Health

Class Requirements


AHAC 150             Heartsaver First Aid and CPR (.5)

HLCR 118             Personal Care Attendant (2)

HLCR 126             Home Health Aide (3)