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Arnold School of Public Health

Home Care Specialist Training

The Home Care Specialist course provides training on chronic disease management and is intended for Personal Care Aide (PCA) workers caring for people in their own homes.

This course provides PCAs with an extra level of training about chronic disease conditions affecting their clients.  PCAs learn about warning signs and symptoms of nearing health crisis, and receive practical information about what to do and who to call to help prevent or better manage their clients’ health crisis.

The training consists of 13 self-paced online modules:

  1. Introduction to the HCS
  2. Congestive Heart Failure
  3. Dehydration
  4. Pneumonia
  5. Incontinence and Urinary Tract Infections
  6. Heart Attack
  7. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  8. Hypertension
  9. Stroke
  10. Diabetes
  11. Dementia and Mental Status Change
  12. The Final Phase of Life
  13. Falls

The Home Care Specialist training course is provided at no cost.  Upon completion PCAs earn a Home Care Specialist certificate.  This course and additional information will be available online at