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Ohio Home Health Aide Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have provided some of the most frequently asked questions whether you’re a Home Health Aide or looking to become an HHA in Ohio. 

What are the requirements to become a Certified Home Health Aide in Ohio?

In order to receive you Home Health Aide certificate in Ohio individuals must follow the minimum federal home health aide education requirements.  The Home health aide training programs must consist of 75 hours of training which need to include at least 16 hours of clinical training.

Where can I get my home health aide certification in Ohio?

There are several options when you’re looking for an HHA program in Ohio.  You can find home health aide training through:

  • Colleges and technical schools
  • Private organizations in the community
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Healthcare facilities


You can find a listing of Ohio Home Health Aide training programs here.

What are the program requirements to get your home health aide certification in Ohio?

Like many states in the US, if you plan to seek employment with any home health agency that receives reimbursement for a patient from Medicare or Medicaid, you will be required to complete home health aide training. Ohio follows federal regulations for HHA training, which means you must:

  • Complete a training program approved by Ohio Department of Aging that meets the 75-hour minimum federal requirement
  • Receive a score of 80% or higher on your final competency evaluation

Am I required to be a high school graduate to enroll in HHA training?

While a high school diploma or GED is not required to receive HHA training or be employed as a home health aide in Ohio, some schools or programs, however, may require proof of either prior to admission - especially those with transferable credits to STNA courses.

There are also programs that may require interested applicants to pass an entrance exam if they are unable to provide a diploma or GED.

Are there other requirements to enroll in HHA training in Ohio?

Most but not all home health aide classes in Ohio may require the following:
  • Applicants be at least 18 years old
  • Acceptable identification and a valid social security card
  • A health assessment with a clean toxicology screening, rubella immunization or appropriate screening, and a recent negative TB test
  • A complete background check through Ohio BCII with fingerprinting


Is it possible to find free home health aide classes in Ohio?

It is possible to find free HHA training in Ohio! Home health agencies looking for potential employees are willing to provide free certification classes and ongoing training to the right candidates. You Can check out our listing of Ohio Free Home Health Aide Training Options here.

What happens after I complete my HHA training in Ohio?

Once the initial training and evaluation have been successfully completed, you will be issued a certificate of completion from the Ohio Department of Health, placed on the appropriate Ohio state registry.

Do I have to do anything to maintain my certification?

Yes, to maintain your certification, you must:
  • Receive 12 hours of in-service training in a 12-month period
  • Receive a performance review by an appropriate agency no less than every 12 months

Can I work as an Independent Home Health Aide Provider?
Yes, The Ohio Department of Medicaid manages independent provider applications, and the Public Consulting Group oversees required on-site visits.  A full checklist of documents necessary to become an independent provider is available through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.