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Curriculum Design

Our skills-based approach and instructional methods ensure workers obtain the necessary skills to deliver optimal care.

For decades, PHI has been nationally recognized for our skills-based approach to developing core competencies for direct care workers. Our adult-learner centered training methods are highly interactive, leverage the experience of the learner, and include explicit skill instruction. These methods have proven successful in a variety of contexts with diverse learners, including those with limited English literacy skills, learning disabilities, or little formal education.

PHI has created an acclaimed core curriculum for entry-level personal care aides and home health aides. We also create curricula that support advanced roles in long-term care and promote continuous learning, and curricula on leadership development and team building. These products help organizations across the country improve their training and support for direct care staff. We work with employers, existing training programs, and states to adapt these training programs to their unique needs.

Specialty Training & eLearning

PHI’s specialty training curricula emerged from our relationships with providers. With clients presenting increasingly acute and complex health conditions, employers expressed a need for aides with deeper, condition-specific competencies to provide quality care.

PHI is developing a suite of eLearning specialty curricula for direct care workers that targets the conditions most responsible for hospital readmissions and ER use among long-term care clients: diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, hypertension, congestive heart failure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). PHI has created a strong diabetes specialty training prototype for this suite that combines instructor-led content with dynamic multimedia elements that help to efficiently and effectively convey complex subject matter.

This eLearning training model reduces the length of training time needed to convey complex health information, while leveraging employers’ existing training infrastructure. Ultimately, it provides a cost-effective solution to improve care for clients with complex conditions.

PHI Curricula

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Key Takeaways

PHI's training engages adults who often face barriers to learning.
Our specialty training addresses common and costly conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer's.
An eLearning approach provides an efficient, cost-effective solution for direct care worker training.

By the Numbers: Curriculum Design


Hours of training recommended by the National Academy of Medicine for home health aides and nursing assistants. Source: National Academy of Medicine, 2016


States where training requirements for home health aides and nursing assistants meet or exceed the National Academy of Medicine's recommended training hours. Source: PHI, 2017


States that have developed standard training curricula for personal care aides. Source: PHI, 2017

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