STNA Classes Columbus, OH

The Ohio Department of Health regulates nurse aide training programs within the state. State-approved programs ensure that CNAs or STNAs as they are called in Ohio, get the knowledge and skills they need to maintain the standard of quality required within the state. Nurse aide candidates must complete an appropriate nurse aide training program before proceeding to the nurse aide certification exam for listing on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry. Federal laws require training providers to offer a minimum of 75 hours of STNA education. Sixteen of those hours must be allocated for hands-on practice and the remaining 59 hours dedicated to classroom learning. CNAs in Ohio are referred to as State Tested Nurse Aides (STNA).

Premier Choice Health Services

Premier Choice Health Services offers state-approved STNA training that prepares students for the State Board Exam for Nurse Aides in just two weeks. New classes begin every two weeks, and with a 99% pass rate and a 95% job placement rate, students can be assured of the best value for money. Experienced instructors ensure students learn all the skills they need to succeed in their roles and provide quality patient care to patients in long-term care facilities, hospitals, assisted living facilities and hospice care. Upon completion of the training, graduates are eligible to take the state exam at the PCHS facility. Convenient day and evening classes are available to meet students’ hectic schedules. Day classes meet from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm for 12 days. Evening classes meet from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm for 14 days.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Submit a completed Health Certificate form including TB test results
  • Take and pass the entrance assessment

Tuition is $385, which includes the required textbook and lab materials. A payment plan is available for all students.

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  • Address: 1901 E. Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
  • Phone: 614-896-6420
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Buckeye Health Agency, LLC

The Ohio Department of Health-approved STNA/CNA training program at Buckeye Health Agency is a 2-week certificate program. Students receive 75 hours of classroom and clinical instruction that includes basic nursing skills, anatomy and physiology, CPR, infection control, introduction to healthcare and job skills development. As part of the school’s program, students must complete supervised clinical training. Graduates of the program are certified as nursing assistants within the state. Day and evening schedules are available. Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Evening classes meet Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Candidates for admission are selected on a first-come first-served basis.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be 17 years or older
  • Be able to read and write in English
  • A high school diploma or GED is not required but may be advantageous
  • Provide two forms of ID
  • Submit a completed application with deposit
  • Complete the healthcare safety requirements before the clinical sessions
  • Complete a two-step Mantoux test
  • Must be a US citizen or legal resident

A payment plan is available for all students. All payments must be completed before the clinical portion of the program commences. Tuition includes books, uniforms, and unlimited lab materials.

Alia Healthcare

Alia Healthcare’s STNA program comprises of a 75-hour curriculum that’s approved by the Ohio Department of Health. Course topics covered include the role of the nurse aide, interpersonal skills, death and dying, hygiene, mental health, legal issues, mobility, infection control and social services. The training will be conducted in the classroom, skills lab, and hands-on clinical experience in a long-term care facility. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Ohio State Tested Nurse Aide exam. The program admits new students multiple times a year. Strict attendance is required. Students who miss a class due to an emergency must make up the hours at the instructor’s discretion. Day, evening and weekend classes are available with different duration and costs. The accelerated day-classes give students the opportunity to complete training in just 10 days. Classes run from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The part-time evening classes meet three nights weekly for four weeks. Classes meet Monday through Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Weekend students complete the program in 6 weeks plus an additional weekend for clinical experience.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Must be 17 years or older
  • Must have a valid photo ID and social security card
  • Meet the program health requirements

Tuition is $399 for day and evening classes and $499 for weekend classes. Costs include tuition, application fee, registration fee and costs for lab and clinical experience.

Columbus State Community College

The 3-credit nurse aide training certificate program at Columbus State Community College gives students the knowledge and skills to care for patients in long-term healthcare settings. The 76-hour education program comprises of 60 hours of combined classroom lectures and hands-on lab followed by 16 hours of hands-on training in a clinical setting, which meets the guidelines for STNA training within the state. Course topics include basic nursing skills, infection control, body structure and function, nutrition, communication, and medical terminology. Graduates are eligible to challenge the state exam and obtain listing on the state registry.

Admission criteria:

  • Complete the steps for enrolling at Columbus State
  • Obtain placement into ENGL 1100 or complete ENGL 0190 or ESL 0190 with a grade C or better
  • Complete the NURC 1001 health record
  • Complete the requirements for a background check and drug screen

Tuition is $408 plus $155 for books and supplies.

Frontier Health Care

Frontier’s state-approved STNA program offers 75 hours of training to students who hope in long-term healthcare facilities. The curriculum comprises of 59 hours of classroom training plus 16 hours of supervised clinical experience. During the training, students learn how to record the patient’s food and liquid intake, transfer patients, bathe and feed patients, change bed linens, collect specimens, take vital signs, recognize and record changes in patients’ condition and help with personal grooming. Graduates are eligible to take the state exam for listing on the state registry. The day class meets 8:00 am to 2:30 pm for 12 days. The evening class meets 5:30 pm to 9:45 pm for 17 days.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed, signed application form
  • Provide the results of a physical exam – completed in the past 12 months and indicating absence of communicable disease
  • Provide the results of the 2-step PPD test

Tuition is $395 for the day class and $445 for the evening class.

Larock Healthcare Academy

Students at Larock Academy acquire skills and knowledge from the program’s experienced instructors. They learn basic nursing and personal care skills in order to succeed as entry-level STNAs and pass the state exam. The student-centered, state-approved curriculum provides 75 hours of classroom and clinical instruction to ensure graduates have all the information they need to execute their responsibilities on the job. Students complete the training within 2-4 weeks based on the schedule. Graduates are eligible to sit the state exam to obtain a listing on the Nurse Aide Registry.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Current government-issued ID

Tuition is $395 plus the cost of textbooks and supplies. A payment plan is available.

My Tees Healthcare

Train to become an STNA in just 12 days (Day classes) or 17 days (Evening classes). The state-accredited program meets the minimum state requirements by providing 75 hours of combined classroom and clinical training. Students receive specialized training to prepare for entry-level careers and the state certification exam. Topics covered include patient care, basic nursing skills, anatomy, nutrition, patient rights, transfers, communication, charting, taking vital signs, grooming and collecting specimens. During the clinical, students put their classroom knowledge to work in a supervised clinical setting.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Current government-issued ID and social security card

Tuition is $389 for the morning class and $429 for the evening class. Additional costs include textbooks, medical exam, and TB test.

Central Ohio Technical College

COTC prepares nurse assistant students to deliver safe and competent care in a long-term facility. The certificate program prepares students to provide direct patient care under the direction of a licensed nurse. Students learn through interactive lectures, lively discussions, live demonstrations, and hands-on learning opportunities in the school’s lab as well as real-world patient care experiences in a long-term care facility. Course topics include nursing arts, introduction to health care, diet and nutrition, ambulatory transfers, body mechanics, communication and interpersonal relationships, personal care, hygiene, anatomy and physiology, mental health, and death and dying. At the conclusion of the 80-hour program (3.5 credit hours), graduates will be eligible to sit the State Certification Exam to be placed on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age or older
  • Complete the free online application for admission
  • Complete a two-step Mantoux test for TB
  • Must submit a current criminal background check report – not older than 6 months
  • Complete GENR 090 Integrated Reading and Writing I and Math 040 Basic Math of proof of eligibility waiver
  • Provide a copy of high school transcript, diploma or GED

Tuition for the program is $679. Additional costs include textbook, uniforms, background check, TB test, and nursing supplies.


Crystal G

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