Home Health Aide Program Overview

The Home Health Aide program prepares individuals to assist elderly, convalescent or handicapped patients in their homes by providing for their physical, mental, emotional and/or social health care needs under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The Home Health Aide trainee will receive a minimum of 125 hours of classroom and supervised practical training. Supervised practical training means training in a laboratory, patient’s home or other health care setting in which the trainee demonstrates knowledge while performing tasks on individual under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. The settings used for practical training and the number of training hours provided will be based on each student’s learning need.

Program Advantages

  • Small class size
  • Only 4 weeks to a new career
  • Experienced, professional instructors
  • Hands-on training
  • Job placement assistance available
  • Flexible day and evening courses
  • Onsite CPR training
  • Exclusive contract with local nursing homes to provide hands-on learning
  • Classes available every month

For those who have already completed the Home Health Aide program, please click the link below to fill out the Course Evaluation Survey:

Course Evaluation Survey

Upcoming Schedule

Classes for Home Health Aide Program

Note: Dates and times are subject to change.

(5 weeks)
Mar 01 – Apr 04, 2017
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(4 weeks)
Apr 03 – Apr 28, 2017
Day 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM
(5 weeks)
May 01 – Jun 05, 2017
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(4 weeks)
Jun 01 – Jun 28, 2017
Day 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM
(5 weeks)
Jul 03 – Aug 07, 2017
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(4 weeks)
Aug 01 – Aug 28, 2017
Day 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply for the HHA Program?

In order to apply for the Home Health Aide Program, you must first enroll by filling out our online application.  To enroll, you can click the Enroll Today button at the bottom of this page, or just click here. Once you complete the online application, you have the option to pay for your registration fees on our payments page.

I Filled Out the Online Application. Am I Enrolled in the Class Now?

No. In order to complete your enrollment you must come in to 901 First St. NW Washington, DC 20001 to take your entrance exam in order to be enrolled into class. When you come in, you must bring with you:

  • A Government Issued ID (Drivers License, Passport, Military ID)
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Proof of High School Diploma or G.E.D
  •  A $50 (money order, credit/debit card, or cashiers check) payment for your application and entrance exam fees.

VMT Education Center does not accept cash we only accept these forms of payment:

  • Money Order
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Cashier’s Check

Do I Have to Make an Appointment to Come In?

You can make an appointment to come in but no appointments are necessary to register for classes.  You can come in any day Monday through Friday between 9:00AM – 5:00PM to register for the program of your choice.

What is the Entrance Exam?

The entrance exam is a simple 12 minute basic (5th– 6th Grade Level) reading and math comprehension test administered by Wonderlic.  This test is used only to assure that you have the basic skills necessary to comprehend the information that will be taught in class. You must score a minimum of (15) in order to pass and come to the VMT Education Center to take the exam.

What's the Cost of the HHA Program?

The tuition for the Home Health Aide programs is $950.  The registration fee, uniforms, and supplies, and D.C. Board Exam are not included in your tuition costs.

VMT does offer a payment plan option.  With the Payment Plan, you would just need to put $350 down on or before the first day of class and we are fairly flexible about how the rest is paid out prior to the last week of class.

VMT Education Center does not accept cash we only accept these forms of payment:

  • Money Order
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Cashier’s Check

What Does My Tuition Pay For?

If you are enrolling in the Home Health Aide program, your tuition covers Textbooks & Handouts, Laboratory Instructions, and Certificate of Training.

Do I Have to Wear a Uniform to Class?

Yes. Home Health Aide students are required to wear cell blue medical scrubs during all class sessions.  VMT does not provide or sell uniforms but we do have a partnership with a company called Fenton’s Uniforms that provides a 20% discount on all items.

You are not required to make your purchases from Fenton’s.

Once I Finish the Classes, Can I Start Working Right Away?

Not so fast.  Once you complete our program, you must then submit your application to the DC Board of Nursing and take only the written portion of the board exam.  Once you pass, only then will you be licensed to practice as a Home Health Aide in the District of Columbia.

Where Should I Mail My Board Exam Application?

You should mail it to the American Red Cross located at the address below. It takes 4-6 weeks for processing, so feel free to call them directly to check on the status of your application.

American Red Cross
1804 North Sixth Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102

(888) 399-7729

What Happens if I Don't Pass the Class?

There are two components to the training for both the HHA and the CNA training.  The first is theory and the second is skills.   The candidate must complete the first part of the training (theory) to advance to the second part of the training. Theory must be completed with a grade of 80% or higher to advance to the second part of the training which is the clinical rotation.  If the candidate achieves less than a a grade of 80% for theory, they will not be allowed to advance to clinical rotation and subsequently will have to drop the class. The candidate may start over and take the training for the full cost of the program with an upcoming session. If the candidate does not pass the skills test, they are allowed to take the test again at a later date.  If they pass the skill test they are allowed to go to clinical rotation with another clinical session.  This candidate will not complete their training with the original session but they will complete the training when the clinical days have been completed.

What Happens If I Fail the Board Exam?

The Home Health Aide can not get training on the job without the board certification license.  The candidate is allowed to take the exam up to three times within a 24 month period.  If the candidate fails the written exam but passes the skills exam, they must take the written exam again until they pass it successfully.  It can be taken up to three times  and the fees must be paid as indicated by the DC board of Nursing for the exam that is required.

If you do not pass the examination within the 24 month period or fail the examination three times, the candidate will have to enroll in the HHA training again.

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