So You Want to Be a Home Health Aide? | Midwestern Career College

So You Want to Be a Home Health Aide?

So you want to be a home health aide (HHA)? That’s good! Lots of people start their healthcare careers as HHAs. However, you might also want to consider medical assistant or dialysis technologist. Here’s why:

Jobs

Home health aides mostly work in-home with elderly patients.

Medical assistants can work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, or nearly any other medical context. Medical assistants are some of the most in-demand members of the healthcare team.

Dialysis techs can work in hospitals, dialysis clinics, cruise ships, and other locations. The need for dialysis techs is increasing drastically. That means good job security.

Certifications

Home health aides only get one certification: CHHA (Certified Home Health Aide).

Midwestern Career College’s Medical Assisting Program-Diploma prepares students for certification exams in three disciplines:

  • phlebotomy
  • electroencephalography (EKG/ECG)
  • medical assisting

You can get certified and start working in phlebotomy and EKG before you even finish the program.

MCC’s Dialysis Technologist Training Program prepares students for the premier dialysis certification: Certified Hemodialysis Technologist (CHT) from BONENT. Additionally, the program trains students in phlebotomy including preparation for two phlebotomist certification exams.

Get One Step Ahead

Beginning your healthcare career can be hard, and home health aide seems like a good first step. If you think about your career as a ladder, home health aide would be the bottom rung. Why not climb a couple more rungs up from the start? Medical assistant and dialysis tech are one step ahead.

Because jobs for medical assistants are so varied, you can go from medical assisting into a lots of more advanced positions. Medical imaging and surgical technology are just a couple examples. Your experience as a medical assistant will make you a much more qualified candidate that employers will love.

Dialysis techs can also work in a variety of contexts and gain lots of valuable healthcare experience. Dialysis techs can move on to supervising or chief technician positions. Many go on to nursing and other upper-level healthcare fields.

You might as well take that extra step now, instead of later. Lots of people come right back to school within a year or two of becoming a home health aide because of…

HHA Burnout

Home health aides have a hard job. They deal with disrespect and sometimes dangerous conditions. Home health aides work directly in patients’ homes. That can mean dealing with unpleasant odors and people for hours on end. HHA’s often have no support from other trained staff. After a certain amount of time working with these problems for low pay, many go back to school. Here at Midwestern Career College, we find a lot of our students are home health aides. So why not skip being a home health aide and go straight for medical assistant or dialysis technologist?

Enroll Now for Summer or Fall Starts!

We are currently enrolling through June 30 in downtown Chicago for our summer start of our Medical Assisting Program-Diploma. We are enrolling for September starts in Chicago, Blue Island and Naperville for medical assisting and our Dialysis Technologist Training Program. If you’d like to learn more, call (312) 236-9000, email admissions@mccollege.edu, or fill out our online form today to receive a brochure and more information.