STNA Classes

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:

  • Are at least 18.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a physical exam, including a drug and TB test.
  • Have up-to-date vaccines.

Training and Testing

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:

  • Have a valid CNA license from another state.
  • Have a lapsed STNA license.
  • Have equivalent on-the-job training.

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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:

  • Written test: $24
  • Skills test: $76
  • Oral test: $34

License Renewal

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.

Key Facts

  • You don’t have to pass a criminal background check to enroll in an STNA training program in Ohio. However, you will have to pass a background check once you get a job as an STNA.
  • You have to pass the STNA exam within 2 years of training. If you don’t pass in 3 tries, then you have to reenroll in training.
  • You can work as an STNA for up to 4 months while you finish your training.
  • If you work for a Medicare-certified nursing facility, or have a job offer from one, then your employer will pay for your training and testing costs. If you’re hired by a nursing facility within 1 year of getting your license, then the institution should reimburse your certification costs.

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