Become a CNA in Ohio

Steps to become a CNA in Ohio

There were almost 73,000 certified nurse assistants or aides in the state of Ohio in 2008, making it the second largest occupation in the health care industry for this state.  There is always a need for more nurses and nurse aides; however, unlike the education and career path required for registered nurses, the process of becoming a nurse assistant is much faster and easier.  Yet, being a nurse aide does take dedication and can be physically demanding when caring for severely infirmed patients and residence.  A high school education may not be required, but certainly the ability to read and write is a necessity for nurse aids.  After high school, a prospective nurse aide should pursue an online or facility based Ohio CNA certification program.

Conveniently, the exact training program that the nurse aide will have to complete is usually prescribed by the LTCF or nurse facility.  After completing the training program, the nurse aide must then complete and pass an examination.  Next, the state will place the certified nurse aide into a nursing registry.  In Ohio, 12 hours of continuing education are required by nurse aides every year.  However, the fees for both the continuing education and the training must be covered by the nurse aide’s employer. 

The entire process to become a certified nurse aide may only take a matter of weeks, whereas registered nurses must usually complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree.  Thus, as a career, being a certified nurse aide can be a relatively fast-starting and rewarding career or it may also be a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse or other health care professional with more responsibility.

Ohio Department of Health
Nurse Aide Registry
246 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 752-9500
Fax: (614) 564-2461
E-mail: NAR@odh.ohio.gov

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