What is the difference between CNA and Home Health Aide? I just passed my CNA state exam but I got a job offer in home care. Need advice please
Training is similar but not necessarily identical. The course material is approved by different State agencies. In New Jersey, CNAs receive their certification from the NJ Dept of Health, while HHAs receive their credentialing from the NJ Div of Consumer Affairs (our BON is under DCA). This happens AFTER they finish schooling and test.
HHAs work in the home setting, that's the name HOME Health Aide. CNAs most frequently work in LTC facilities.
NJ is a very regulated Sate and there are various education programs for CNAs & HHAs to help them cross-over the titles. Many aides have BOTH titles because that opens up more job opportunities.
Hospitals like to hire CNAs because they already have some approved training. A lot of student nurses become CNAs so they can get some hospital work experiences AS AN AIDE, not a nurse.
Last edit by amoLucia on Sep 24, '13