Home Care Professional

Program Overview:

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 respectively. Employment of home health aides and personal care aides is expected to grow 41% from 2016 to 2026.

Courses 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

Topics You Will Learn About 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

Settings Home Health and Personal Care Aides May Work In:

  • 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


What Do Students Graduate With?

  • High School Diploma from Career Online High School
  • Home Care Professional Career Certificate

Please visit the Course Catalog page for Course listings.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fastest Growing Occupations, on the Internet at Fastest Growing Occupations.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides, on the Internet at Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides.