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The Home Health Aides (HHA) provide basic, non-medical, routine personal care, to the elderly, physically disabled, terminally ill, convalescent persons, hospice patients, individuals with long-term illness, adults with mental disabilities, such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, including children  with disabilities or mental illness. HHAs may be self-employed or may work in a wide variety of settings, such as Home Health Care, Hospice, Long Term Care facilities, Nursing Homes, Adult Day Care, etc.

With the elderly population growing significantly in Michigan, demand for home health aides have increased considerably, especially for the HHAs who have a formal training in the skills required, to take care of the growing needs of elderly, many of whom prefer to stay home rather than be institutionalized. The demand for HHA has also increased due to the cost-containment efforts on moving patients, as quickly as possible, out of nursing care facilities and hospitals that have much higher inpatient cost.

Dominican International Institute offers the basic Certificate programs of 75 clock hours, with the hope and recommendation that qualified HHAs continue to upgrade their knowledge and skills, to better serve their clients/patients or to eventually enter into other and more rewarding  professions in health care, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, recreation therapy, Activities Director, Natural Medicine, etc. Credits will be allowed for course work completed under this program.

We require that our students exhibit excellent interpersonal communication skills, patience, dependability, emotional stability and honesty, besides being service oriented, critical thinkers, good listeners and have a passion to help.

75 clock hours
Tuition: $790.00
The 8-hours CPR & First Aid course is mandatory
cost is included in the tuition

  Code Topic Hrs.     Code Topic Hrs.
  HHA-101 Introduction to Home Health Aide, the role & responsibilities 10     HHA107 Activities of Daily Living (ADL) 10
  HHA-102 Introduction to Anatomy, Physiology, Body Systems & Medical Terminology 10     HHA108 HHA in Long Term Care settings 2

Introduction to Sociology, Psychology and Mental Health 10     HHA109 HHA in Home settings 2

Concept of health, disease, medications, Oral Hygiene, Skin, Hand & Foot Care 10     HHA110 Introduction to Nutrition 5

Professional Ethics & Patient’s Bill of Rights 1     HHA111 Restorative Rehabilitative Care 5

Laws to protect children & elderly 1     HHA112 Understanding Death & Dying 1

Dominican International Institute is a non-profit institution,  duly approved by the State of Michigan for post-secondary education. The programs are based on 4 trimesters per year with new classes starting in January, April, July and October.  Accelerated programs, credits for previous studies, scholarships, student loans and easy monthly payment facilities are available.

All programs are available on-line, except for CPR, lab-work & clinical training.  Continuing Education programs are available, through the Faculty of Health & Medicine. Labs & Clinical Training must be completed at the school and/or at designated facility.
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