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Home Health Aide

Gain the extensive knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the healthcare field and deliver quality home care as a home healthcare aide.


Become an Essential Part of the Healthcare Industry

When you take part in Cal State East Bay’s Home Health Aide Certificate Program, you’ll be joining a comprehensive program that prepares you to give quality, personal care in a client's home with an emphasis on understanding basic human needs, eldercare, working with illnesses, nutrition, special diets, and home management. With our program, you'll gain the confidence to provide quality in-home care and become an essential part of a diverse community.

Exam Prep

Preparation for the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Certified Personal Care Assistant (CPCA)

Faculty Excellence

Taught by faculty with extensive experience in home healthcare

Join the Rapidly Growing Home Health Aide Profession

Are you ready to deliver critical healthcare services and make a difference in the lives of your community? As a home healthcare aide, you’ll be part of a rewarding profession that provides assistance to elderly, disabled, ill, and mentally disabled persons who live in their own homes or in a residential care facility.

From working with families in which a parent is incapacitated and small children need care to helping discharged hospital patients with short-term needs, you’ll find a variety of job opportunities as a home health aide. Whatever path you choose, you’ll be equipped for success in the rapidly growing home health care field.

Occupational Trends

40% Growth

Employment of home health and personal care aides is projected to grow 40.2 percent from 2022 to 2032 in California and 32.5 percent in the United States.

Labor Market Analytics – Lightcast

Growing Employment Opportunities

Increasing employment opportunities in health care over the next several years will be due in part to the state’s aging population, the addition of over five million to those covered by health insurance as a result of the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and technological advances in health care.

EDD, State of California

Market Trends

Individual and family services are the primary employer for home health and personal care aides followed by home health care services and retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly.

Labor Market Analytics – Lightcast

Home Care at Its Finest

Equipped with your certificate from an accredited university, you’ll be qualified to work in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, homes, long-term care facilities, hospice, and assisted living facilities. Throughout the program, you’ll learn to provide a safe and nurturing environment for individuals and families in need. Whether you want to work as an aide who comes into the home for a few hours a day or as someone who lives in the home full time, you can be confident that you’ll have the knowledge and skills to properly care for individuals in a variety of settings and at any capacity.

Program Objectives

After completing Cal State East Bay’s Home Health Aide Certificate Program, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe long-term care in terms of the target populations, environment, and care options
  • Describe the physiological, psychological, and sociological changes related to aging
  • Describe physical, cognitive, and social growth and development characteristics
  • Describe memory care needs and options
  • Explain proper procedures for infection control in a home or residential environment
  • Perform basic housekeeping procedures and safety for residents, staff, and visitors
  • Explain procedures and strategies for planning, purchasing, and serving food
  • Explain the proper procedures for safely assisting an individual in activities of daily living
  • Explain procedures for preventing fluid overload and dehydration
  • Explain proper procedures for applying a variety of warm and cold applications
  • Explain procedures involved in caring for individuals with special needs
  • Describe effective and appropriate care of an individual who is dying
  • Explain proper care for infants and children in the home or residential setting
  • Explain how to assist individuals in a home or residential environment
  • Explain common preoperative and postoperative care procedures

Program Format

The Home Health Aide Certificate Program is offered in the evenings in a classroom setting at CSUEB’s Concord Center.

Certificate Requirements

In order to be issued a certificate of completion for this course, students must pass the class with 70 percent or better. Students will be prepared to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Certified Personal Care Assistant (CPCA) national exam.

Required Courses

Home Health Aide Certification Program
5 CEUs

Ready to Enroll?

If you have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, you’re invited to enroll in the Home Health Aide Certificate Program.

Still have unanswered questions? Visit the support center for more information. »

Common Questions

How long will it take to complete the program?
The program can be completed in 12 weeks.
How long is each class?
The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm - 9:30pm for a total of 23 class meetings.
Is there any work to do outside class time? If so, how much?
Coursework is typically completed during class meetings with the possibility of 1-2 hours of outside coursework for each class.
What is the program format?
The program is in person at CSUEB’s Concord Center.


Is there financial aid available for this program?
Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.
What are the tuition costs for the program?
Tuition costs: $1,499 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit

Certificate of Completion

How do I request my certificate?
To obtain your official certificate, you must complete all requirements of your program and then complete and submit this form. Upon verification of requirement completion, your certificate will be sent to you.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Home Health Aide Certificate

Ideal for: Individuals interested in careers in healthcare as home health aides.

Program format: In-person (held at CSUEB’s Concord Center)

Number of courses: 1 course

Program length: 80 hours

Tuition cost: $1,499 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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