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Education for Certified Nurse Assistants in Ohio

The training of certified nurse aides is well defined in the state of Ohio and follows intricate regulations laid out in Chapter 3701-18 of the Ohio Administrative Code and provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA).  Basically there are three portions to a nurse assistant’s training in Ohio:

  1. An orientation program must be provided by the nurse aide’s employer.  This is particularly true for long term care facilities (LTCFs).  All rules, regulations, policies and specific procedures for each patient, as well as an introduction to other nurses and employees should be made to the applicant.  The orientation should be designed so that a nurse assistant will have some pre-existing idea of the specifics of their jobs wile they are training.  Since nurse aides can be asked to perform a variety of possible tasks it is important to have an orientation that will allow the trainee to have some focus.
  2. Next a 75-hour Ohio CNA training and competency evaluation program (TCEP) must be completed by the applicant.  The TCEP has two components for nurse aide trainees.  First, a pre-resident contact component, which consists of 16 classroom hours, primarily includes classes on safety procedures, interpersonal skills, and controlling infections.  Second, a resident contact component, which consists of a combination of classroom hours and clinical hours, primarily includes studies dealing with personal care, basic nursing skills, and social service needs.  Trainees may only come into contact with patients during the clinical portion of the training.  Each topic area within the two components consists of certain standards of nursing that must be covered during the training.  The list of standards is very explicit in what exactly must be taught.  For example, under mental health and social service, some of the standards that must be covered are care of the confused resident, sexuality in aging, and care of the dying resident.  At the completion of the TCEP, the director of the program will conduct a competency evaluation program (CEP).  There is a written and a skills portion to the CEP.  Once passed, the nurse aide will be entered into the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry (NAR).
  3. Every year, certified nurse aides must complete 12 hours of in-service education.  The in-service education must be provided the LTCF that employs the nurse aide.  All in-service hours are documented for later reference by the state.

By federal law, prospective nurse assistants do not have to pay for any of their training or in-service education if they are employed by a LTCF.  More information about training for certified nurse assistants in Ohio may be found at the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

Through either online or campus based programs, aspiring C.N.A.s in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Dayton, Ohio may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Akron City Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic and the many University Hospitals and Mercy Hospitals.

Ohio Department of Health
Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 752-8285
Fax: (614) 564-2596
E-mail: [email protected]

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