HHA vs. CNA ???

  1. Hello,

    I am considering taking a trainning course to become a Home Health Aide... however, I have a few questions.

    Is a HHA certification higher than that of a CNA or is it vice versa?

    I was told by one institution that you must have your CNA before you can become certified as a HHA.

    Yet the company that is doing the trainning says that you do not have to be a CNA to become HHA certified.... I am confused

    Any and all clarification is appreciated

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    Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 44
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  3. by   renerian
    In Ohio the HHA is certified to do home health by the agency and most agencies retest because it is an agency certification not a statewide one. The CNA is state wide, with a registry, and you can carry the CNA place to place. Some companies who are to cheap to pay for the HHA training only hire CNAs so they don't have to train. Some state surveyors though will say the CNAs need their training criteria to justify all the objectives a HHA would need to learn. Some CNAs cannot get their hands on that list of things that were taught. State surveyors in Ohio are trying to force, so to speak, agencies to do their own training. You should be awarded a certificate of training for HHA training but it is not good state wide unless an agency is not willing or unable to provide you with their training modules. Does this help?

  4. by   Unequaledbeauty

    Thanks for explaining that to me. Now I understand it a lil' better. So CNA's are state certified whereas HHA's are only certified to a specific agency.

    Do HHA's usually make more money than CNA's. I know I was told that working schedules for HHA's are more flexible becuz they can make their own hours???

  5. by   hoolahan
    Beuaty, before you assume anything, that is not the case in NJ. HHA and CNA are comparable, and BOTH require a state certificate, a criminal background check, and passing a so-many hours course of training. Many agencies will train you, and assist you w the certification process, and they do this at no cost to you, but you usualy have to agree to work for them for x number of months/ or one year-ish.

    Check with the Florida State Board of Nursing for the real requirements, some agencies, particularly if they are provide Medicaid HHA services, will cut corners. These types of agencies have to be scrutinized carefully as there is a high potential for fraud. If you are involved w fraud in any way, you could be federally prosecuted. So, please check Flordia's requirements!!

    HHA cert and CNA cert are NOT interchangeable in NJ either. Some states they may be, but not here.
  6. by   hoolahan
    FLORIDA: Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, 4080 Woodcock Drive, Suite 202, Jacksonville, Florida 32207-2714, PH: (904) 858-6940 FAX: (904) 858-6964

    Got this from this site, just in case you aren't in Flordia, which I assumed from your profile/screen name area...


    Good Luck
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Under federal and Pennsylvania laws, long-term care nursing facilities are responsible for the full payment of training and testing costs if you are employed or offered employment as a nurse aide at the time a candidate enters a nurse aide training program.

    Any aides dealing with patients over age 65 must have state CNA certificate and be on state registry.

    Pennsylvania Department of Health
    Nurse Aide Registry
    For other inquiries, call (717)787-1816


    Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to:
    obtain information on official regulations and guidelines for nurse aides
    Bureau of Community Based Care
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Department of Aging
    400 Market Street, 7th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301

    Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education to:
    obtain information regarding training requirements - obtain a list of approved training programs
    to verify test eligibility requirements of student nurses
    Bureau of Vocational-Technical Education
    Pennsylvania Department of Education
    333 Market Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

    Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health to:
    find out if your are currently listed on the Registry
    clarify information about the Registry
    change your current address or name
    obtain information regarding reciprocity
    obtain information on continued enrollment on the Registry

    Nurse Aide Registry
    Division of Long Term Care
    Department of Health
    P.O. Box 90, Room 528
    Harrisburg, PA 17108

    Contact the American Red Cross 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to:

    obtain a handbook
    obtain an application
    register for the examination
    cancel a scheduled test session
    obtain any information regarding score reports
    arrange special testing accommodations
    American Red Cross
    Competency Evaluation Program
    P.O. Box 1564
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-1564
  8. by   Unequaledbeauty
    Thank you to all who have responded to my question(s).

    Yes, I am in Florida. I will contact the State of Florida/Board of Nursing tomorrow to get more indepth clarification.

    The agency that I am considering training with is offering an eight day course for HHA certification and after completing the course we will have to contract with them for x amount of months. But they also do referrals to other agencies.

    Nonetheless, I will definitely check into that before I assume. Once again thank you all for your input and Happy New Year.

  9. by   renerian
    Your welcome. I love to hear about the different regs in each state.