The home health aide certification test certifies that an individual possesses the skills needed to work as a home health aide. Certification programs typically include 75 hours of education, training and testing.
Home health aides provide a range of services in hospices, assisted living facilities and private homes. Typical duties include assisting patients with personal hygiene, arranging transportation and maintaining safe, clean living environments. Most home health aides work with patients individually, under the supervision of a physician or nurse, but may see multiple patients each day.
Home health aides do not hold medical licenses and are not authorized to write prescriptions. In some states, however, home health aides dispense medications and monitor patients' vital signs.