In Ohio, CNAs are known as state-tested nursing aides, or STNAs. The name might be different, but the certification process is the same. You have to meet some basic criteria, complete an approved training program and pass an exam. The Ohio Department of Health (DOH) oversees the process. D&S Diversified Technologies manages the exam
You can enroll in an STNA program in Ohio if you:
Accredited STNA programs are offered at vocational schools, community colleges and Medicare-certified nursing facilities across Ohio. You need to take at least 75 training hours, including 16 clinical hours. It usually takes 4 months to finish the program. You can request a training waiver if you:
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When you’re done with training, go to the D&S website to sign up for the STNA exam. The exam has 70 multiple choice questions and a practical skills test. You can ask to take the exam orally.
STNA programs in Ohio can cost from $600-$2,000, depending on the training location. Exam fees are:
The STNA license is valid for 24 months. To renew your license, you have to show that you worked as a paid STNA for at least 7.5 consecutive hours in that period, or for 8 hours within a 48-hour time frame.