Nov 29, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Direct Care Worker Certificate


Patti Mantia, 413.552.2449,


The Direct Care Worker Certificate prepares students to perform the responsibilities of both a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and a Home Health Aide (HHA). Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Direct Care Workers help patients with their health care needs in a variety of settings: nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, adult day care centers, primary care, pediatrics, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, or at the patient’s home. Direct Care Workers help fulfill basic quality of life needs for those who need assistance due to illness, disability, or infirmity. The certificate combines specialized training that meets both state and federal standards with academic coursework that students need to successfully compete for entry level positions in health care.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • identify and explain the primary role/responsibilities of a direct care worker and how this applies to various care settings
  • successfully pass the clinical and written state exam for the HTH 210  CNA course
  • successfully pass the written exam for Home Health Aide Certification
  • identify and apply principles of cultural competence to direct patient/person care
  • explain the role of professionalism in health care and how it relates to patient care in both home and facility settings
  • understand how to work with individuals with dementia and related behaviors in both home and facility settings
  • explain the role of electronic medical records in patient care



1HTH 210 : Documentation of current successful CORI/SORI background check is required.

Students must be ENG 101  eligible in order to complete this certificate.

** Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)**

Foundations of Health students enrolled in HTH 210 , or applying for Selective Programs, are required to complete a CORI/SORI background check prior to registering for classes or applying to programs, pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statues.. A positive finding may prevent students from successfully completing the HTH 210  course, applying for Selective Programs, or graduating with a Foundations of Health Degree due to clinical site requirements. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

Inability to attend clinical orientation and placement may result in Administrative Withdrawal from HTH 210 . There is a SEPARATE CORI/SORI application you must complete online if you have lived outside of the state of Massachusetts in the past 10 years; failure to disclose all relevant information may result in an inability to complete the HTH 210  course. Out of state CORI/SORI fees vary. If you have had legal issues in the past or have any legal affairs pending, you must contact Amy Brandt, Dean of Health Sciences, to set up a meeting.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online. Go to Online Learning for more information.