Home Care Professional Career Certificate Available to Career Online High School Students

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| By Sydney Fairman |

Career Online High School is expanding its portfolio of certificate offerings. The new career pathways are Home Care Professional Certificate and Leisure and Hospitality Certificate, which students will earn along with their accredited high school diploma.

The certificates are designed to prepare students for post-secondary education or the world of work in high-potential fields. Home health aides and personal care aides are the third and fourth fastest growing occupations in the country, respectively, with a projected overall growth rate of 40% from 2016 to 2026. Home care professionals typically require a high school diploma, and by completing the high school diploma plus Home Care Professional Certificate, graduates will be equipped with two credentials as well as entry-level skills to help launch their careers.

Career Online High School, available at more than 120 public libraries across the country is an 18-credit, vocation-based high school completion program. Unlike a GED, this program enables libraries to offer adult learners accredited high school diplomas along with career certificates in one of 10 high-demand employment fields

The Home Care Professional Certificate prepares students for careers in this fast-growing field. The program teaches the skills needed to manage the personal care of patients, including first aid, skin care and muscle maintenance, and the administration of medications. It also discusses how to care for individuals with specific ailments. This is an excellent option for those already working in health care who want to advance their careers or move into a new area, or for those interested in launching new careers.

Career Information and Outlook

  • Home health aides and personal care aides are the third and fourth¬†fastest growing occupations in the country 1
  • Employment of home health aides and personal care aides is expected to grow 41% from 2016 to 2026.2

Home health aides and personal care aides may work in the following settings:

  • Home health care services
  • Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities
  • Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities
  • Residential intellectual and developmental disability facilities
  • Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)
  • Private households

Courses That Teach How to Provide Care for Patients, Such As:

  • Pregnant Women and New Mothers
  • Infant and Toddler Care
  • Individuals with Epilepsy
  • Individuals with Diabetes
  • Individuals with Vertigo or Dizziness
  • Individuals with Depression
  • Individuals with Digestive Disorders

Course Topics Include:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Home Care Professional
  • Providing Nutrition and Fluids
  • Controlling Infection
  • First Aid and Medications
  • Reading and Recording Vital Signs
  • Documenting and Reporting Observations
  • Dealing with Emergencies
  • Home Care Person-to-Person Communications, Customers, and Special Clients
  • The Human Body I and II
  • Buying and Preparing Food
  • Foodborne Illnesses
  • Maintaining a Healthy Home Environment
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness
  • Patient Grooming and Hygiene
  • Transfer and Ambulation
  • Home Care Organizations and Programs

If your library would like to learn more about offering Career Online High School to your community, request more information at gale.com/diploma.

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fastest Growing Occupations
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides

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