Home Care Aide

Now accepting applications for summer programs

Apply by May 17 to meet the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may still be considered if there is space available. 

Important things to know before applying:

  • Students must be logged in to their district account to submit an application
  • Applications take 15-20 minutes to complete
  • Students will be asked to provide contact information for themselves and a parent/guardian
  • Programs have age requirements, please review details before applying

Apply now

Health Care Aide assisting an elderly woman in a hallway.

Home Care Aides provide assistance with daily activities, and companionship to individuals in their own homes and in long-term care facilities such as adult family homes, or in assisted living facilities. Listen to caregiver stories.  

A Home Care Aide will work with care teams made up of case managers, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Their duties may include assisting with personal grooming needs, providing transportation, and helping maintain the cleanliness of the home or facility with the resident's safety in mind.  

Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

It is important to note that each individual whom a Home Care Aide assists has different, unique needs. Here are some of the tasks that a home care aide might help someone with:

  • Assisting with bathing, dressing, or brushing their hair and teeth
  • Helping with food preparation or assisting with eating
  • Assisting with walking, using a wheelchair, or transferring someone from a wheelchair to a bed or chair
  • Helping with housekeeping tasks such as laundry, light cleaning, and shopping

Summer 2024 Program Details

  • Application deadline: May 17 is the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if there is space.
  • Program dates: June 24 - July 11 (M-Th, no class July 3-4)
  • Meeting location: Hunt Middle School
  • Notification of selected applicants: early June
  • Approximate hours to complete: 90
  • Certification(s) offered: Home Care Aide Certification (Orientation, Safety Training, Mental Health, Dementia, Core Basic, Food Worker, CPR)
    • Students who earn their 75-hour certificate (above) will be prepared to take the WA State Home Care Aide Certification Exam (written and skills)
  • Completion stipend: $500 (upon successful completion of all program components)
  • Credits toward graduation: 0.5 CTE Credits 
  • Total spots available: 18
  • Special considerations for this program: Must be at least 17 years old to receive certifications. Younger students may apply but are not eligible to earn certifications.
  • For additional information, please contact Jeff Klancke: jklanck@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Home Care Aide Careers by the Numbers

  • Average Salary (as of Mar. 2024): $41,187 source
  • Required Education: Certification Couse such as this one
  • Job Outlook: estimated 22% growth from 2022 to 2032 source
  • Current Job Postings: indeed
  • What it's like to be a Home Care Aide: