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Health Aide


Health aide programs prepare people to give routine medical care and comfort to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes.

Health aide programs include topics such as:


In health aide programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several career and technical schools as well as several community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs. A health aide certificate program usually takes three to five months. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Many programs offer clinical practicums. These are valuable hands-on opportunities to apply what you've learned in the classroom in real-world settings. You also get the benefit of having an experienced health care worker supervising you. As an example, you might assist a health aide with several patients in several nursing homes across your town.

Things to Know

Health aides sometimes lift people out of their beds and into wheelchairs. Because of this, you should be physically fit if you want to pursue this program.

You typically need to pay for any uniforms and supplies for your clinical instruction.


King-Snohomish Area

Blossom Nursing Assistant Training School

Edmonds Community College

Health Professionals Institute

Highline College

West Side Area

Career in Caregiving

Lower Columbia College