CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE TRAINING NJ
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Everything you need to know is described below. If you still have questions after reading all the information below please contact Sunlight Care at (856) 780-4003 from 8:00AM – 4:30PM Monday – Friday. Read the information on this page fill out the Pre-Registration form at the bottom.
Sunlight Care LLC provides day and night training programs to become a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA). As a Home Health Aides in NJ typically earn $11 per hour and have very flexible work schedules. Our program is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and we are a training provider for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. We also provide day and night programs to bridge a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) to Certified Home Health Aide. Classes will be held at the Sunlight Care facility, 505 S. Lenola Rd., Suite 111, Moorestown NJ. We are right on the 413 bus route with easy access from Camden, Pennsauken, Burlington, Westampton, Eastampton, Mt. Holly, Lumberton, Cherry Hill, Pemberton and Pemberton Heights. Bus route info can be found at http://www.sunlightcare.com/bus-schedule-nj-transit.html
What is a Home Health Aide?
Home Health Aides assist those who can’t complete their Activities of Daily Living on their own anymore. Primarily personal care such as bathing, dressing, and feeding services are provided to the clients so they are allowed to stay in the comfort of their own home.
What does the training consist of?
During the 76 hours of classroom and clinical training you will learn the following:
- Differentiate the roles of home-care team members;
- Describe the nurse/homemaker-home health aide/client relationship;
- Explain the importance of immediately reporting changes in client status;
- Summarize the characteristics of an effective homemaker-home health aide;
- Identify ways of ensuring client confidentiality (HIPAA)
- Describe the legal implications of homemaker-home health aide documentation; and
- Discuss the requirements for certification and recertification of the homemaker-home health aide.
- Identify factors that affect communication within the home setting;
- Identify actions that can facilitate or hinder the formation of a trusting relationship with the client/family;
- Discuss appropriate responses to conflicts in the client’s home;
- Identify inappropriate client/family communication with the homemaker-home health aide and the need to report this immediately;
- Explain the importance of observing for and reporting changes in the client’s condition or home environment immediately;
- Describe supportive communication techniques that assist the client and family in coping with life changes;
- Discuss how role changes between the client and family can affect family dynamics and the acceptance of the homemaker-home health aide; and
- List examples of cultural diversity and the related responsibility of the homemaker-home health aide.
- Discuss fire safety techniques in the home;
- Describe what to do in the event of a fire in the client’s home;
- Identify safety hazards in the home;
- Explain the importance of personal safety precautions;
- Discuss infection control procedures in the home;
- Identify prevention of work-related injuries; and
- Describe emergency procedures.
- Discuss the importance of following dietary restrictions when food shopping for the client;
- Describe meal preparation considerations for special diets;
- Identify safe food preparation and storage;
- Explain the importance of maintaining a clean environment for the patient;
- List examples of cultural diversity and the homemaker-home health aides responsibility; and
- Identify the homemaker-home health aides responsibility when caring for a dying client with an advance directive (living will).
How do I become a Home Health Aide?
The CHHA course consists of 60 hours of class lecture and 16 hours of training in our on-site skills lab. Once training is complete, students will have the knowledge and skills required by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing to become a Certified Home Health Aide.
I’m a Certified Nursing Assistant in New Jersey; can I become a Home Health Aide?
The CNA to CHHA bridge class consists of 10 hours of class lecture covering the required Home Care Module. You must have an active NJ CNA license to take this class. Once training is complete, students will have the knowledge required by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing to become a Certified Home Health Aide.
What are the requirements to become a HHA?
Applicants must be 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or qualified legal alien, and have the ability to read, write and speak English proficiently. They must be physically capable of participating in class work such as lifting, getting patients out of bed, giving bed baths, aiding transfers for those with limited mobility, and other patient related care. The NJ Board of Nursing requires that applicants be current on child support obligations, not be in default of student loans, not been convicted on any “Disqualify Crimes”. You will have to pass a criminal background check and be fingerprinted. You will be asked to demonstrate that you can read and write English. You must bring your government issued ID and your social security card to register for the class. If you are not a US citizen you must bring in proof of eligibility to work in the USA. A birth certificate is also required for the Board of Nursing application.
How much does the class cost?
|CHHA Day Class||CHHA Night Class||Bridge Day Class (CNA to CHHA)||Bridge Night Class (CNA to CHHA)||
When is it due?
|Registration||$100.00||$100.00||$100.00||$100.00||ASAP– Holds Seat|
|Tuition||$300.00*||$400.00*||$50.00||$100.00||1 Week before class starts|
|*For the CHHA Classes, the textbook is included in the tuition.||$50.00**||$50.00**|
|**Textbook can be loaned with a deposit of $50.00 which will be returned at the end of class when textbook is returned.|
Are there any other fees besides the class fees?
- The Board of Nursing charges $80.00 for the application fee and licensing fee. This must be sent to the BON with your state application in the form of a Money Order. Please make it payable to the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
- Lost Book Replacement Fee: $50
- Book Deposit Fee: $50
- Notebook and pens (Bring your own or buy from us for $10)
- Scrubs are required to be worn every day (Bring your own or buy monogrammed scrubs from us for $150)
What types of payments do you accept?
We accept Cash, Money Orders and Credit Cards. Credit Card transactions must include a 3% processing fee for payments or refunds.
What happens if class is cancelled or delayed?
If for any reason your booked class is delayed or cancelled you may obtain a refund or apply your payments to a future scheduled class.
When is payment due for class?
- The $100.00 registration fee is due as soon as possible to hold your seat as class size is limited to 20.
- The balance must be paid 1 week before the first day of class to keep your seat.
- If you fail to pay tuition in full, your seat it will be offered to an alternate student and you will have to take a different class.
- You will only be allowed to switch classes once.
What if I can’t make the first day of class or a day in between?
Unfortunately, you must attend every day. The Board of Nursing will not be able to certify you if you do not complete all 76 hours of training. Please make sure to arrange for child care or move non-urgent appointments to before or after the class.
What if I need to make up a class due to an emergency?
If you have to miss a class that can’t be avoided, there will be make up fees. For half a day, it will cost an additional $50.00 and must be scheduled with one of the instructors. If you have to make a full day, it will cost an additional $100.00 and will have to be scheduled with one of the instructors or during the next available course. If you miss anything more than 1 day, you will not be able to graduate the course.
What if I can’t make the whole class I signed up for and need to cancel?
Cancellation with full refund (less $100 registration fee) will be provided if requested at least one week prior to start of class. Cancellation fee of full tuition will be charged if cancelled less than 1 week before class starts. You may request a transfer to an alternate class one time. To request a transfer of classes, please come into the office and fill out the proper forms.There is no refund if you start the class and then decide to drop it.
What is the class schedule?
2016 Schedules for Daytime CHHA Classes in NJ
(Monday through Friday 8AM to 4:30 PM each day):
May 2 through May 13
June 6 through June 17
2016 Schedules for Daytime CNA to CHHA Bridge Classes
(Thursday through Friday 8AM to 4:30 PM each day):
May 12 through May 13
June 16 through June 17
2016 Schedules for Evening CHHA Classes
(Monday through Thursday 6PM to 10:00 PM each night):
May 9 through June 13
2016 Schedules for Evening CNA to CHHA Bridge Classes
(Monday through Thursday 6PM to 10:00 PM each night):
June 7 through June 13
*August 2016-June 2017 class dates will be available in June*
What are the class rules?
- Be present in class every day wearing scrubs, arrive on time and will not leave until dismissed by the teacher.
- Not use a cell phone while in class or be disruptive in any way. You get only 1 warning.
- Park in the designated back parking area by fence. See map by the front entrance.
- Dispose of trash in the Sunlight Care office trash can – not the bathroom trash cans.
- Leave class if you need to use the bathroom. Do not wait for breaks.
- Have breakfast before class and bring a lunch & snacks to keep energy up during class.
- Not work an overnight shift the night before class.
- Not congregate in groups at the entrances of the building – no loitering & no smoking within 25 feet of the building.
- Not utilize the bathrooms in groups during breaks. We need to avoid overcrowding the bathrooms.
- Not curse, fight, scream, argue, or be disruptive while in class, outside the classroom, or in the general building.
- Respect the building and the other office tenants- Keep your voices down while in the hall
Do I need to be employed in order to become and stay licensed as a Home Health Aide?
Yes, per regulations set by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, all HHA’s must be employed by a registered agency in the state. It is illegal to work privately as a HHA. Sunlight Care is more than happy to hire our students upon completion of the class if you demonstrate professionalism and respect during the class. However, employment is not guaranteed.
I want to work for your agency, how do I begin?
Please fill out the online application or come into the office to fill out the paper application. Human Resources will contact you to schedule an interview. You will need to have a physical and bring in your shot records for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Chicken Pox. You will also need to have a PPD test done which determines that you are negative for Tuberculosis. Once you have completed the course, you can work as a companion while waiting for your certification to go through. Once the certification has gone through you will be able to work as a HHA. The employment application can be found at sunlightcare.ersp.biz/employment
I used to be a Certified Home Health Aide in NJ, but my license expired, what can I do?
The Board of Nursing allows students who have expired licenses to re-instate them. Depending on the length of expiration (which the Board of Nursing will inform you of) you may need to take the whole class again or just do a reinstatement exam and skills session. In order to do the reinstatement exam and skills session, you must first apply for a position with our agency by filling out the employment application at sunlightcare.ersp.biz/employment. Once you have completed the application, Human Resources will contact you for an interview and to pre-pay for your exam and skills session. The skills exam costs $50.00 and will be scheduled once payment has been received.