Where Can I Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Ohio?

Find out which schools in Ohio offer certified nursing assistant classes and programs. Get information about classes available and certification requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

In Ohio, you can train to become a CNA at a 2-year or less-than-2-year, public school. Nursing assistant programs require a month of study time, which often translates into 80 to 92 hours of training. Your curriculum will be divided between classroom sessions, where you learn theoretical topics, and clinical hours where you put your training into practice. Once you complete the training, you'll be ready to take the certification exam.


Schools in Ohio Offering Certified Nursing Assistant Training

Apollo Career Center

  • Program Name: Nurse Aide Course
  • Program Length: about 1 month, full-time
  • Tuition: $700 (Summer 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: TB test
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 465 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima, Ohio 45806
  • Phone: 419-998-3000

The nurse aid course, offered several times a year at Apollo Career Center, prepares you to take the state nurse aide competency test. Some of the topics you study include patient rights, personal care/grooming, emergency and safety practices and basic nursing skills. In addition to classroom studies, you'll complete 16 clinical hours at an approved medical facility.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

  • Program Name: Nurse Aide Training Certificate
  • Program Length: 90 contact hours, full-time
  • Tuition: about $1,222 (Fall 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Must be at least 16 years old; physical examination; tuberculosis (TB) test; Hepatitis B immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,600 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
  • Phone: 513-569-1670

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers a nurse aide training program through its Health and Public Safety Division. The program prepares you to take the nurse aide competency exam and seek work as a CNA. Nursing aide skills you'll learn include taking vital signs, making beds, feeding and grooming residents, monitoring respiration and pulse and safely transferring patients from bed to wheelchair. The program also provides you with hands-on training through its simulated classroom.

Delaware Area Career Center

  • Program Name: Nurse Aide Training Program
  • Program Length: 92 hours, full-time
  • Tuition: $598 for nurse aide training program (Fall 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Physical exam and TB test
  • School Type: less than 2-year, public; about 100 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • Phone: 740-548-0708 Ext 3206

Delaware Area Career Center offers a nurse aide training program you can attend at night and on Saturdays. The class consists of eight 4-hour sessions 1 night per week and 8 Saturday classes. You'll learn all aspects of the nurse aide career, including patient care, residents' rights and long-term care procedures while developing basic nursing skills. The curriculum for this program is based on the standards set by the state of Ohio. You'll also learn CPR in this class. Upon completion, you'll be ready to take the Ohio nurse aide competency exam.

Four County Career Center

  • Program Name: Nurse Aide Certification Program
  • Program Length: 80 hours, full-time
  • Tuition: $525 (Summer 2012)
  • Prerequisites: Career readiness certificate
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 20,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: 22-900 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502
  • Phone: 419-267-3331

The nurse aide program at Four County Career Center prepares you to take the Ohio nurse aide certification exam. Your curriculum consists of 56 hours in the classroom and 24 clinical hours at a local long-term care facility to provide you with hands-on training and patient contact. The nurse aide program is offered with day or evening classes.


Requirements for Certified Nursing Assistants in Ohio

To become a certified nursing assistant or aide (also known as CNA) in Ohio, you must complete a state-approved training program and pass a competency examination. Your curriculum should consist of at least 75 training hours with 16 hours in a classroom and 59 hours in a classroom/clinical setting. Once you complete your training, you must pass the Nurse Aide Training Competency (NATCEP) examination, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The test includes written and practical parts, and after passing the test, your name is added to the Ohio State Nurse Aide Registry.

Salary and Job Outlook for Certified Nursing Assistants

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nationwide employment of nursing aides, attendants and orderlies was expected to grow 20% between 2010 and 2020. Attributing to this faster-than-average growth is the elderly population entering long-term care facilities and needing attendants to help with their care. The BLS also reported that Ohio had 75,180 nursing aides, attendants and orderlies employed as of May 2011. These professionals earned mean annual wages of around $24,000 during that time.

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