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Home Health Aide with Medical Terminology (HF-HHA-02)


Course Description

A Home Health Aide (HHA) may also be known as a Home Caregiver or Residential Assistant (RA). An HHA provides basic, personal care and health-related services to a variety of individuals (patients) who require more assistance than family and/or friends are able to provide. HHAs are part of a category of occupations that is commonly referred to as "direct care workers." The services/care that a Home Health Aide provides depends upon their specialty area. If you've ever thought about becoming a home health aide, our in-depth curriculum could help you learn important fundamental, practical skills involved in a career as a home health aide. For each patient, an HHA is responsible for recording services performed, as well as the patient's condition and progress. They also record and report any changes in a patient's condition to the case manager or supervisor and also discuss observations with them. Quickly master the basics of medical terminology and begin speaking and writing terms almost immediately! This course omits time-consuming, nonessential information and helps you build a working medical vocabulary of the most frequently encountered suffixes, prefixes, and word roots. Medical terms are introduced in the context of human anatomy and physiology to help you understand exactly what they mean, and case studies, vignettes, and activities demonstrate how medical terms are used in practice. With all this plus medical animations, word games, and flash cards on the companion website, you'll be amazed at how easily medical terminology becomes part of your vocabulary.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
• Define the skills and qualities of the home health aide
• Identify resources in the community that assist the client at home
• Identify strategies for infection control, disease prevention, and safety precautions in the home
• Define the important parts of each body system and their functions
• Identify methods for assisting clients with special needs
• Identify and apply basic word structure
• Define common prefixes
• Identify diagnostic and procedural suffixes


Medical Terminology Module 1
Basic Word Structure
• Word Analysis
• Combining Forms
• Suffixes & Prefixes
• Pronunciation of Terms
• Exercises & Applications
Medical Terminology Module 2
Organization of the Body
• Body Systems
• Body Cavities
• Divisions of the Back
• Planes of the Body
• Pronunciation of Terms
• Exercises & Applications
Medical Terminology Module 3
• Introduction to Suffixes
• Suffixes and Terminology
• Diagnostic & Procedural Suffixes
• Pronunciation of Terms
• Exercises & Applications
Medical Terminology Module 4
• Combining Forms & Prefixes
• Prefixes and Terminology
• Define Common Prefixes
• Pronunciation of Terms
• Exercises & Applications
Medical Terminology Module 5
Medical Specialists & Case Reports
• Medical Specialists
• Combining Forms & Vocabulary
• Case Reports & Terminology
• Pronunciation of Terms
• Exercises & Applications
Medical Terminology Module 6
Body Systems – Part 1
• Cardiovascular System
• Digestive System
• Endocrine System
• Reproductive System
• Lymphatic System
Medical Terminology Module 7
Body Systems – Part 2
• Musculoskeletal System
• Nervous System
• Respiratory System
• Skin & Sense Organs
• Urinary System

Home Health Aide Module 1
Orientation to Home Care Part 1
• Learning About Home Care
• Suggestions for Success
• Evaluation and Certification
• The Home Care Industry
• The Home Care Team
• Developing Effective Communication Skills
• Communicating with Your Client and Family Members
• Understanding Your Client’s Needs
• Helping Clients to Meet Their Needs
• Stages of Normal Growth and Development
Home Health Aide Module 2
Orientation to Home Care Part 2
• Understanding How the Body Works
• Organization of the Human Body
• Observing the Client
• Observing the Pain
• Reporting to the Agency
• Incident Reports
• Working With Ill and Disabled Clients
• Effects of Illness on the Family
• Reactions of the Client to Illness
• Medical Terminology
Home Health Aide Module 3
Managing the Home Environment
• Becoming Safety Conscious
• Special Safety Considerations
• Household Emergency Measures and Procedures
• Developing a Work Plan
• Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
• Controlling Household Pets
• Teaching Others
• Measuring Food Energy
• MyPlate Food Guide
• Special Situations
Home Health Aide Module 4
Preventing Infection and Body Mechanics
• Microorganisms
• The Cycle of Infection
• Preventing the Spread of Disease
• Protecting Against Bloodborne Diseases
• Sterilization and Disinfection
• Using Good Body Mechanics
• The Client in Bed
• Helping the Client to Be Mobile
• Using Assistive Devices
• Infection Control
Home Health Aide Module 5
Bedmaking, Personal Care and Elimination
• Types of Beds
• Oral Hygiene
• Bathing
• Grooming
• Range-of-Motion Exercises
• Urinary Elimination
• Bowel Elimination
• Urinary and Bowel Elimination Problems
• Caring for the Client
• Standard Precautions and Medical Asepsis
Home Health Aide Module 6
Home Care Procedures
• Urine and Stool Specimens
• Sputum Specimens
• Assisting Clients to Self-Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
• Temperature and Pulse
• Respirations and Measuring Blood Pressure
• Medications
• Oxygen Therapy
• Intravenous Infusions
• Dry Dressings
• Promoting Circulation
Home Health Aide Module 7
Caring for Older Adults, Mothers, Infants, and Children
• Facts About Older Adults
• Adjusting to Growing Older
• Safety and the Older Adult
• Who Are the Caregivers
• Elder Neglect and Abuse
• The Postpartum Period
• The Baby Blues
• Caring for Infants
• Working with Children
• Discipline Versus Punishment
Home Health Aide Module 8
Clients with Mental Illness and Those Requiring Home Care
• Mental Health
• Mental Illness Treatment and Care
• Substance Abuse
• Infection Control
• Home Health Aide Role
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Cancer
• Cerebrovascular Accident
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• The Postoperative Client
Home Health Aide Module 9
Caring for the Client at the End of Life, Emergencies & Employment
• Emotional Reactions to Death and Dying
• Advance Directives and Hospice
• Caring for the Dying Client
• Preparing for Emergencies
• Guidelines for Handling Emergencies
• Locating Job Openings
• Electronic Job Seeking
• Certification
• Supervision and Evaluation
• Deciding to Leave Your Job


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to enhance their skills or find employment as an Home Health Aide.


Upon successful completion of our Home Health Aide Course, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for state certification. Each state has its own regulations. Visit the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) to view a state requirement list.




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


Internet Access
• Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
• Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

• Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
• Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
• 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
• Operating Systems
-Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
• Web Browsers
-Google Chrome is highly recommended
-Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

• Medical Terminology: A Short Course by Davi-Ellen Chabner
• Mosby's Textbook for the Home Care Aide by Joan M. Birchenall, RN, MEd and Eileen Streight, RN, BSN

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