A State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), also referred to as a nurse aide, helps patients with their daily needs under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The profession presents a fast and easy way to enter the healthcare industry. STNAs work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, mental health facilities, home health care, and nursing homes. Since senior or disabled patients may need care 24 hours a day, STNAs often work various shifts to facilitate round the clock care. As a prospective STNA, you must enroll in a state-approved competency and training program to obtain the basic nursing, personal care, and other fundamental skills to take the state test and secure employment as a competitive candidate. The Ohio Department of Health requires education programs to provide at least 75 hours of classroom and clinical instruction.
American Red Cross
The Nursing Assistant Training Program at the American Red Cross prepares students for employment in long-term/home health care settings. Experienced registered nurse instructors emphasize academics and hands-on skills training to prepare graduates for success on the state test and employment in hospitals, nursing homes, patients’ homes, and long-term care facilities. The 130-hour program includes 96 hours of nursing assistant training (72 hours in the classroom and 24 hours at a clinical site), ARC CPR/FA/AED certification (valid for two years), exam review courses and tutoring, and a job fair with opportunities to meet local employers. Areas covered include the art of caregiving, protecting people’s rights, long-term care, communication and interpersonal skills, measuring vital signs, infection control, positioning and transfers, end-of-life care, fundamentals of nursing, caring for persons with HIV/AIDS, TB, and Hepatitis, and restorative skills. Classes meet from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for three weeks followed by three clinical rotation days. Applicants must attend a mandatory orientation to learn about the course fees, tuition, guidelines, and scholarship opportunities.
- Website: http://www.redcross.org/local/ohio/northeast/programs-and-services/nurse-assistant
- Address: 501 West Market St., Akron, OH 44303
- Phone: 330-535-6131
Stark State College
Stark State College offers a State Tested Nursing Assistant program that features flexible scheduling to accommodate the needs of working adults. The program is approved by Ohio state and includes classroom theory, practical training in the lab, and a supervised clinical externship at a long-term care facility. The curriculum covers 3 credit hours and includes instruction in infection control, basic nursing skills, measuring vital signs, personal care, patient safety, and mental health. Interested persons must meet with an adviser before registering for the class. A background check, drug screen, TB test, and physical exam may be required for participation in the clinical. Tuition costs $153.60 per credit hour.
- Website: https://www.starkstate.edu/locations/akron/
- Address: 755 White Pond Dr., Akron, Ohio 44320
- Phone: 330-494-6170 ext. 4668
- Email: [email protected]
The 76-hour state approved nurse aide training at Med-Cert Training Center prepares students to take the Ohio State Board of Nursing exam for nursing assistants. Through a blend of classroom and practical learning experiences prepare students to perform the duties of a State Tested Nurse Assistant. Students learn how to provide personal care to patients in their personal homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The duration of the class is two weeks for the day class and one month for the weekend class. Registration is available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 pm to 6 pm. The application packet is available online. Tuition costs $475 – $250 is due at registration and the balance is due the second Monday of the class.
- Website: http://www.mymedcert.com/Akron_Stna_Training.html
- Address: 733 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44303
- Phone: 440.786.CERT
- Fax: 440.786.7327
- Email: [email protected]
Students enrolled in the State Tested Nursing Assistant at Fortis gain a working knowledge of providing healthcare to those who are ill, elderly, or unable to care for themselves. Students learn how to provide basic care under the direction of a licensed nurse, transfer and position patients, assist with feeding, dressing and personal hygiene, practice safe care, and perform basic procedures such as observation and reporting and measuring vital signs. The curriculum includes lectures in the classroom, hands-on practice in the lab, and supervised clinical experiences at a long-term care facility.
- Website: https://www.fortis.edu/continue-education/state-tested-nursing-assistant-stna-/2545-bailey-road-cuyahoga-falls-oh.aspx
- Address: 2545 Bailey Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
- Phone: 330-923-9959
Larock Healthcare Academy
The state-approved STNA Nurse Aide program at Larock Healthcare Academy exceeds the state’s training requirements with 83 hours of classroom and clinical instruction. Graduates are eligible to apply for the state nurse aide competency exam for registration as a nurse aide. The program meets the requirements for entry into nursing programs. The course duration is two to four weeks based on the schedule. Apart from approval from the Ohio Department of Health, the program is also approved by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (KCHFS). Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction and optimal learning for all students. Experienced instructors cover infection control, basic nursing skills, communication, patients’ rights, restoration care, observation and reporting, safety procedures, vital signs, and other essential topics. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for two weeks. Tuition for the program is $415.
- Website: http://larockacademy.com/program-overview/canton-academy/nurse-aide/
- Address: 4960 Higbee Ave, N.W. Suite 200, Canton, Ohio 44718
- Phone: (330) 818-7244
- Email: [email protected]
The STNA program at Ace Medical Academy is targeted to individuals who have a passion and commitment for caring for others. The 75-hour program prepares students for success on the state exam and employment in an entry-level position. The school offers convenient day and evening classes to align with students’ schedules. Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for two weeks. Evening classes meet Monday through Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm for three weeks.
- Website: http://www.careerconceptintlltd.com/#!ace-medical-academy/ckbi
- Address: 2800 Market Ave N. Canton, OH 44714
- Phone: (330) 452-4883
- Fax: (330) 452-1848
- Email: [email protected]
R.G. Drage Career Technical Center
The STNA program at R. G. Drage meets with the regulations set forth by the Ohio Dept. of Health. The 75-hour curriculum includes classroom and clinical instruction to prepare students for success in the state competency exam. Applicants must acquire nonwhite uniform/scrubs, white leather tennis shoes, white socks, and a watch with a second hand, and submit the results of a one-step TB test. Students must attend all classes – absenteeism is not permitted for the first four classes. A makeup session may be available for any classes missed after the initial four sessions. Day and evening schedules are available for students’ convenience. Tuition for the program is $430 – the course textbook is included.
- Website: http://www.drage.stark.k12.oh.us/STNA.aspx
- Address: 2800 Richville Drive SE, Massillon, OH 44646-9480
- Phone: 330-832-9856
- Toll Free: 1.800-372-4322
- Fax: 330-832-9850
Absolute Health Services
Absolute Health Services’ consistently high pass rate is evidence of their commitment to providing a quality education to nursing assistant students. The program meets the 75-hour classroom and clinical instruction requirements of the state. Graduates are eligible to take the nurse aide competency exam to become STNAs in Ohio. Flexible day and evening classes are available. Daytime classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Evening classes are from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. New classes begin every three weeks. Tuition for the program is $455. Students must purchase scrubs and supplies for the classroom and clinical session. Other expenses include a TB test and closed-toe shoes.
- Website: http://www.abshealth.com/nurse-aide-training.html
- Address: 339 East Maple Street, Suite 110 North Canton, OH 44720
- Phone: 330-498-8212
- Fax: 330-498-8226