Introduction to Home Health Aide and Nursing Assistant

Paraprofessionals (home health aides, nursing assistants, personal care attendants etc.) are the backbone of the nursing home and home health industry. It is important for workers to have a solid understanding of what the job entails. This session is designed as an entry-level course for paraprofessionals to learn about the job roles and responsibilities in the paraprofessional role.

This course is part of the Home Health Aide/Nursing Assistant Training library designed for agency or education institution use as an educational aid and resource in conjunction with hands-on instruction in a lab and or clinical setting supervised by a nurse educator. The agency or education institution is responsible for ensuring the learner has attained the knowledge and care skills, according to their state's requirements, before providing care to a client.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Describe how Federal and State regulations are related to the paraprofessional role in health care.
  • Explain the typical organizational structure/chain of command in various health care settings
  • Recognize members making up the team in various health care settings.
  • Give examples of a professional relationship with an employer
  • List responsibilities of the employer to the worker
  • Describe the responsibilities of the employee to the employer
  • Explain why policies and procedures are important to practice
  • Describe the role of the home health aide and nursing assistant
  • List the tasks that are within the scope of practice for the paraprofessional
  • Identify personal qualities for paraprofessionals
  • Define ethics and etiquette for the paraprofessional
  • Demonstrate acceptable personal grooming habits
  • Describe the relationship between the paraprofessional and the patient
  • Describe the patient need for long-term care
  • List the patient's rights when receiving health care services
  • Describe the Vulnerable Adult Law
  • Explain the Patient Self-Determination Act
Contact Time

4.5 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 4.5 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Washington State DSHS CE Approval Code: - CE122677
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services approved this course for CONTINUING EDUCATION PURPOSES for long term care workers. 
Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Home Health