Home Health Aide

About our Program

This 100-hour Home Health Aide (HHA) Certification program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the health field as a Home Health Aide. At the successful completion of this training, students will receive certification in the area of Home Health Aide Level Three, which includes the three different career areas Homemaker, Personal Care Homemaker or full Home Health Aide.

  • The first area, Homemaker, qualifies students to  care for an individual’s home environment.
  • The second area, Personal Care Homemaker,  builds on the Homemaker tasks and adds the  knowledge and skill of assisting a stable but needy client in performing personal care. These activities include learning how to bathe, dress, groom, transfer, and ambulate a client.
  • The third area, Home Health Aide, builds on all  prior learned skills, but adds the special skills of  caring for a medically-ill client. Throughout each  phase of the educational process, students will  become an effective and competent part of a  health care team. At the completion of the program, job placement services are available.

In order to participate in this program, students must be 18 years old and be prepared to take a CORI. 

*In order to register for this program, students need to attend an information session in advance. 

Scholarships may be available for this program.


Certificate of Completion

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion this course.

Who Should Become a Home Health Aide?

  • Someone interested in exploring the Health Care  field.
  • Someone who wants a flexible schedule.
  • Someone who is working in a related field  looking to broaden his or her experience.
  • Someone who wants to work full or part time in  a professional capacity.
  • Someone who enjoys helping others.
  • Anyone who is interested in building a career in  the respected Health Care field at his or her own  pace.

About our Instructor

Pat Boyd, RN, BSN: Ms. Boyd is a registered nurse who has been practicing for more than 20 years in the areas of cardiac care, geriatrics, and home health. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Theta Alpha Chapter.

Standout Student 

Jo-Ann Richard

Home Health Aide - Hannah Dennis

When a friend asked Jo-Ann Richard to spend time with her mother, she generously agreed.  Jo-Ann had just retired from an 18-year career in hospice, working as the director of a volunteer program.  She had the time and was happy to help a friend.  What she gained from the experience opened her eyes to a new career.  In caring for her friend’s mother, Jo-Ann realized her skills were not aligned with the career she had.  She was meant to care for others.  She was meant to be a home health aide.

Jo-Ann conducted an online search and learned about the Home Health Aide Certificate program offered at Massasoit Community College.  The program was located close to home, it was affordable, and the evening hours fit Jo-Ann’s work schedule.  Understanding that the client is the nucleus of the plan of care is the most important thing Jo-Ann learned while in the program.  She learned the importance of listening with her heart, not just her ears.  Of her instructor, Pat Boyd, Jo-Ann commented: “Pat taught from experience, not just from a book.  What she taught, she had done herself.  That made the material a lot more relatable.”

Since graduating from the Home Health Aide Program in December 2018, Jo-Ann was hired to care for a second client.  She feels that her skills are now perfectly aligned with her career and intends to work as a home health aide until she retires.  Of her day-to-day work, Jo-Ann says: “I love it.  I’m blessed.  They’re not clients or patients.  They’re like part of my family.  I’m helping them accomplish what they need, what their families need.”

Withdrawal and Refund Information

You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

Parking Decals

There are designated parking lots available for students; however, a parking decal is required. If you do not have a decal, visit the Massasoit campus police with your driver’s license, car registration and proof of course registration to complete a form and obtain your decal.


For additional information about this program, please contact Kelley Tilden or call 508-588-9100 x1310.

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