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Field of Study: Health Aide

Introduction

Health aide programs prepare people to give routine medical care and comfort to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes.

 

Overview

Health aide programs include topics such as:

  • Nutrition
  • Home sanitation
  • Infection control
  • First aid
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Geriatric care

Concentrations
In health aide programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Home care
  • Geriatric care

Schools
Several career and technical schools offer certificates or diplomas upon completion of a health aide program. Several community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs. A health aide certificate program usually takes three to five months. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.