Current Students
Faculty and Staff

Future Students

Home Health Caregiver Option Certificate

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of home health aides is projected to grow by 50 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than average for all occupations. The expected growth is due in large part to the projected rise in the number of elderly people with health problems who will also need assistance with daily activities.

The courses in this certificate option will provide knowledge of the social, biological and psychological aspects of aging and aging populations. They will also provide students with the fundamentals for continuing in aging studies. Upon completion of the certificate, students may sit for their Geriatric Nursing Assistant Certificate through the Maryland Board of Nursing, work as a home and/or professional caregiver or transfer into the A.S. degree in Aging Studies program at AACC.

Program Entrance Requirements:

  • Attend a program information session. Detailed information regarding program, profession and academic requirements will be discussed.
  • Eligibility for ENG 111, ENG 115 or ENG 121.
  • Completion of college mathematics placement test.
  • Submit a completed application for NUR 100 by application deadline. Students will be admitted to the NUR 100 course upon completion of the application process. Prior to registering for NUR 100, students must submit proof of current certification in American Heart Association CPR and a complete health examination record.
  • Prior to enrolling in HUS 275, students must meet with Sara Meinsler, Fieldwork Coordinator for the Human Services department. This course requires 150 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork in the community.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all human services courses.

Certificate Requirements:  20 credits

First Term
SOC 150 - Introduction to Aging Studies (3)
HUS 151 - Psychology of Aging (3)

Second Term
HUS 152 - Biology of Aging (3)
NUR 100 - Patient Care Technician/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (6)

Third Term
NUR 104 - In Home Aide (1)
HUS 275* - Human Services Practicum 1 (3)
*Course requires 150 hours of unpaid clinical fieldwork in the community.

Gainful Employment Information

For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Appel, MSW, LCSW-C
Chair, Health and Human Services Department