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Nursing Assistant (NA)/Home Health Aide (HHA)

Nursing Assistant (NA)/Home Health Aide (HHA) TCC 250/255

Instructor: Tripp Memorial Foundation Staff
Course time(s): TCC 255-7: (Location: Northampton) M-Th, 9:00 am-2:30 pm, 5/26-6/25, 5 wks
Course time(s): TCC 250-2: M-Th, 4:00-9:30 pm, 7/20-8/20, 5 wks GCC evenings, $1100
$1,100.00

In just five weeks you can have a new career!

The demand for well-trained health care paraprofessionals is growing as the baby boom generation rapidly approaches elderhood.  Many health care providers employ paraprofessionals for additional job support.  Long term care facilities (nursing homes), home health agencies, hospice, assisted living centers, adult day health programs, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and others offer secure employment options with good benefits, flexible hours and career advancement opportunities.

As an NA/HHA you will have the additional satisfaction of making a positive difference in the lives of the individuals for whom you provide care.  Beyond career options, the direct care skills and body of knowledge you will gain through this program will greatly enhance your ability to care for yourself and your loved ones with more comfort and confidence.

This combined training will prepare students for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) American Red Cross-administered certificate exam. Classes are held at Greenfield Community College and Northampton.  Please note, you are NOT certified until you successfully pass the certifying exam. Course costs do not include exam fees. Dates are subject to change and often have a waiting list.

For information on whether you qualify for any of the assistance programs offered by the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, please contact them at 413-774-4361 or visit their website at www.fhcc-onestop.com

The demand for well-trained health care paraprofessionals is growing as the baby boom generation rapidly approaches elderhood. Many health care providers employ paraprofessionals for additional job support. Long term care facilities (nursing homes), home health agencies, hospice, assisted living centers, adult day health programs, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and others offer secure employment options with good benefits, flexible hours and career advancement opportunities.

As an CNA/HHA you will have the additional satisfaction of making a positive difference in the lives of the individuals for whom you provide care. Beyond career options, the direct care skills and body of knowledge you will gain through this program will greatly enhance your ability to care for yourself and your loved ones with more comfort and confidence.

Officially, you will need 12 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per year, but they are tracked through your employer. Re-certification is every two years. This will be covered the first day of class, since it is a little complicated.

NA/HHAs work primarily in long-term care facilities otherwise known as nursing homes. Other common areas are physician's offices and health centers, or occasionally in prisons, schools and hospitals. Our graduates have been employed by health care providers such as:

  • Long term care facilities (nursing homes)
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Adult day health programs
  • Assisted living centers
  • Other community settings
  • Request an application packet online, or call Sue Pratt at 413-775-1672 and leave your name and phone number and be added to our waiting list.
  • You will be called back to schedule an interview with the program coordinator prior to the next round of classes.
  • Online registration and payment for NA/HHA classes is not available at this time.

No pre-requisites or GED is necessary. However, applicants are required to participate in a preliminary phone or in-person meeting with the program coordinator.

This is a non-credit program. Students will not earn college credit, nor will completion of the program guarantee the award of a certificate. Students must arrange and pay for the certification exam on their own.

GCC accepts all qualified applicants for its Nursing Assistant program and maintains a waiting list for it. The length of the wait-list changes at different points in the year. To get the most up-to-date information, please contact Sue Pratt at 775-1672.

In addition to the fee listed above, you will spend an additional $25.00 for the text book and $93.00 for certification testing.

Pell grants (federal financial aid) are not available for this program but students may qualify for tuition assistance through the FHRCC. For more information visit www.fhcc-onestop.com or call 413-774-4361.

Classes prepare you for both a HHA and NA certificate. Most sessions are 5 weeks long (100 hours total, 80 classroom and 20 clinical). You are required to attend all scheduled classes to stay in the program. Most sessions are Monday through Thursday 9am-2:30pm and usually an evening program is offered each year.

Most classes begin at 9am as do most clinical days. Most clinical days are about 4-5 hours. Class days run until approximately 2:30pm.

Classes are offered either at the Greenfield Community College Downtown Center (270 Main Street in Greenfield) or at the Hampshire County Career Center in Northampton.

Clinical experiences are held at local long-term care facilities. Students should be prepared to drive to clinical assignments in Hadley, Northampton and Greenfield.

Unfortunately, not at this time. Students will need to make their own arrangements for this. Since attendance at all classes, labs, and clinicals is mandatory, back-up plans for reliable childcare are essential.

Yes, all students need to be TB tested and CORI checked.

Scrubs are required, but we maintain a "leave one, take one" program, and can also direct students to places to purchase them at half price. Your employer will have their own scrubs that they will require you to wear, so we recommend not spending a lot for them at this point.

Online registration is unavailable for our NA/HHA classes. Request an application packet and a callback from our program coordinator for more information. Please note our classes often have a waiting list!