Certified nursing assistant (CNA) programs in Ohio, also referred to as nurse aide programs, are found at vocational schools and adult education centers. These programs offer training that prepares students to provide basic nursing care in medical facilities and residential settings. Courses are conducted under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).
Participants in these programs typically have to pass a TB test, and may be required to pass a physical fitness test as well. Coursework usually encompasses basic nursing care, dosing, disease and accident prevention, patient communication and emergency response. A clinical practice element is included in each course, and certification is required for employment as a CNA.
Apollo Career Center
Located in Lima, the Apollo Career Center offers a ten-session nurse aide training course. Students learn about infection control, disease processes, emergency measures, restorative care, and personal grooming. The program includes 16 hours of clinical training.
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County
The Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County offer career training at two locations in Newark. Students in the 80-hour nurse aide training class learn through classroom study and clinical training. The course covers topics such as bathing, safety, catheter care, and patient care. The class can be taken in the daytime or evening.
EHOVE Career Center
The nurse aide program at EHOVE Career Center in Milan is 88 hours and includes 16 hours of hands-on experience in a healthcare setting. Students have several options when to take the class. A physical exam and tuberculosis test are required before starting the clinical portion of the course.
Knox County Career Center
Located in Mount Vernon, Knox County Career Center features a nurse assistant program that is completed in 75 hours. Classes are offered during the evenings, with Saturdays used for clinical time. Students are prepared to work in long-term and acute care facilities.
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Clayton offers a nurse aide training program that requires ten sessions to complete. Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to work in different medical settings. Students must pass a physical exam and a TB test before beginning the program.
Mid-East Careers and Technology Centers
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers are located in Zanesville and Senecaville. Through the Adult Education program in Zanesville, the school offers an 83-hour nursing aide course. Students learn through lectures, laboratory work, and practical experience. Topics covered include the digestive and nervous systems, emergency procedures, infection control, development disabilities, and nursing care.
O C Collins Career Center
O C Collins Career Center in Chesapeake offers short-term courses in careers such as EKG technician, emergency medical responder, and medical coder and biller, among others. The center's nursing assistant course takes 96 hours to complete. Along with the state nursing assistant test, graduates can also take the CPR test.
Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center
Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center is located in Chillicothe. The 77-hour nurse's aide program, which is approved by the Ohio Department of Health, is offered through the adult center at the school's Circleville campus. Areas of study in the course include infection control, preparedness for natural disasters, personal care, dying patient care, and other topics.
Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training
The nursing assistant/home health aide program at Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training in Marietta takes 80 hours to complete. Course topics include emergency practices, infection control, choking, vitals, personal care, and resident's rights. Students are given several options when to take the course.
CNAs are required to complete a training class and pass the State Tested Nursing Assistant exam before becoming registered as certified nursing assistants or aides. Graduates of the courses discussed below will be able to take the state exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Certified Nursing Assistant Programs Offered||Program Cost (2018-2019)*|
|Apollo Career Center||<2-year, public; small suburb||Nurse Aide Class||$775|
|Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County||2-year, public; small suburb||State-Tested Nurse Aide Training Program||$797|
|EHOVE Career Center||2-year, public; fringe rural||Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide Class||$625|
|Knox County Career Center||2-year, public; distant town||Nursing Assistant Training Program||$750**|
|Miami Valley Career Technology Center||<2-year, public; fringe rural||Nurse Aide Training Program||$580|
|Mid-East Careers and Technology Centers||<2-year, public; fringe rural||Nurse Aide Course||$575**|
|O C Collins Career Center||2-year, public; fringe rural||State-Tested Nurse's Assistant Course||$725**|
|Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center||<2-year, public; distant rural||Nurse's Aide Course||$733|
|Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training||2-year, public; fringe rural||Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program||$5,625|
Sources: *NCES, **School website