Being a CNA in Ohio:

A certified nursing assistant job in Ohio is one of those promising jobs that offer security and satisfaction. In Ohio, a Certified nursing assistant or CNA is also called State tested Nurse Aide or STNA. The training period is comparatively much lesser compared to the other states. With the growing need for certified nursing assistants and non-requirement of a license to practice in the state, it will be much easier to land a job as a nursing assistant in Ohio. In this article, you will find all that you need to know about becoming a certified nursing assistant in the state of Ohio.

Getting the Certification and its requirements:

It is easy to get a nursing assistant certification. The following are the steps to be followed.

  1. It is necessary to undergo training of 75 hours of CNA instruction. Out of these 75 hours, at least 16 hours of instructions must be spent in the classroom. After this, the candidate can start working with the patients. The classes are normally handled by trained nurses with at least two or three years of experience in the nursing field.
  2. Then, the next step is to take an exam that evaluates your competency and obtain acceptable scores in each section of the exam. There are two parts to this exam, knowledge test and skill test. In the knowledge test module, there are seventy-nine multiple-choice questions. A candidate must score a minimum of 80% to pass this module. Under the second part, the skill test, the candidate is required to demonstrate five skills. One of them is hand washing, and the other four tasks are randomly selected. In case a student is unable to demonstrate a certain skill, he will have to retake the entire module of skill test once again, which will contain the skill he failed to demonstrate. Yet again, a minimum of 80% is necessary.

Normally, every candidate has three chances to clear this exam. In an unfortunate circumstance where the candidate could not clear in three attempts, he or she is required to undergo additional training.

CNA training in Ohio is conducted at vocational high schools, nursing homes, community colleges and private schools. The length of the program, requirements for the admission and the cost of the training varies from one facility to another. Ohio is one of the many states to implement a legislation which needs the licensed healthcare facilities to pay for the CNA training of their employees. Anybody who has paid for CNA training and has been employed by a healthcare facility within 12 months is eligible for the reimbursement. Compared to other healthcare training programs, CNA training is short-term and cost-effective. The primary requirement for a nursing job at a healthcare center, nursing home or rehabilitation center is a CNA certification awarded by the state.  Once you have successfully completed your training and qualified as a certified nursing assistant you will also be recorded on the Ohio CNA Registry where people can confirm your details.

The CNA programs offered by nursing homes are cheaper than the courses at community colleges and private schools. 

Below is a list of a few centers offering CNA training programs in Ohio:

American Red Cross

Dayton Area Chapter


Advanced Health Care Systems Limited



Aristocrat Lakewood nursing home



Bradley Bay Health Center

Bay Village


Menorah Park Center for Senior Living



Cuyahoga Valley Care Center



Broadview Multi-Care Nursing Facility



Cleveland Job Corps