Bureau of Information and Operational Support
Ohio Department of Health
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2412
Email - NAR@odh.ohio.gov
Becoming an STNA in Ohio
Jobs in the healthcare field are in high demand now, with employers clamoring to find qualified employees who will be able to provide quality care for their patients. This is very true in the state of Ohio, and those who have been trying to find the perfect career might want to look into becoming a certified nursing assistant in the state. Those who are in the field already are able to make an average of 28k per year, and this is above the national average for the position. Before you can embark on this career path though, you need to make sure that you have the right training and certification.
Requirements for STNAs in Ohio
The training courses in Ohio all meet or exceed the federal minimum requirement of 75 hours. The classes will have at least 16 hours of classroom training and at least 16 hours of clinical, hands-on training. The courses are readily available, and many candidates are going to be able to complete them within a couple of weeks. This means that you will be well on your way to getting a start in your dream career. The cost of the programs varies, but you will find that you may even be eligible for reimbursement if you have employment during or within a year after training.
You should be able to find STNA classes in Columbus, Ohio, as well as many of the other large metropolitan areas including Toledo, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Once you finish with your training and your certification testing, you will be able to find work in many parts of the state.
Most employers are going to expect you to have scrubs that you can wear to work, and you may need them during training. It's possible to find scrubs in some clothing stores today, but buying them online is always a good and easy choice. They are an affordable uniform too, so you do not have to worry about spending a fortune.
Registering and Getting Your License
D&S Diversified Technologies, LLP is the company that takes care of the testing in the state. They provide you with a test consisting of two parts, a written exam, which one can take orally if they prefer, and a skills demonstration of the techniques they learned in training. You have to be able to pass both of these in order to receive your license and become a part of the state registry. You must renew your license every two years and have proof of at least 8 hours of employment as an STNA during that time.
Why Choose to Be an STNA?
When you look at the good pay and the high demand, it's easy to see why so many people are starting to look into this field. Here is a job that might just be right for you too. If you like to help care for people, and you are looking for the first step on a path to the medical field, this could be a good solution for you.
Ohio Department of Health: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/
Ohio Board of Nursing: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/
High school diploma, GED or equivalent
Finish a training program approved by the NATCEP with 75 hours of class and clinical classes
Prior CPR training, while some give this training during the program