State Tested Nursing Assistant

State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

This certificate program provides students with 80 hours of academic and hands-on training, preparing them to perform primary patient care under the direction of nursing staff in a long-term care facility.  The duties of an STNA include but are not limited to feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, transporting patients, and changing linens.  The Ohio Department of Health governs this program.  

After completing this program, students will be scheduled to take the state test for long-term care nursing assistants.  The test consists of two parts: written and skills portions.  Both must be passed for the student to become an STNA and be placed on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry. 

  • Meet required standards on the pre-admissions assessment - WorkKeys scoring a 3 in Math, 4 in Workplace Documents (skill to read and comprehend workplace documents), and a 4 in Graphic Literacy (skill to locate and find information).  Exception:  If an employer sends the student to Vantage for training and they are paying the tuition fees, then the pre-entrance assessment is not required.
  • Students will need a two-step Mantoux test from the Health Department or your doctor’s office.  The prior test must have been given within the last 6 months.
  • The Program Coordinator and/or Adult Education Director may allow some exceptions to these entrance requirements 
  • 80 total hours / completed in 3 weeks  
  • Classes meet Monday thru Thursday, with clinical hours held on Saturday and Sunday
  • The class size is limited to 10.

Daytime Classes 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
January 8, 2024 - January 28, 2024
March 4, 2024 - March 24, 2024
May 6, 2024 - May 26, 2024
June 3, 2024 - June 23, 2024
July 8, 2024 - July 21, 2024

Evening Classes 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
February 5, 2024 - February 25, 2024
April 9, 2024 - April 28, 2024


Grants/Scholarships - Check the financial aid webpage for any grants or scholarships applicable to this program.

VA Educational Benefits -  Apply for VA benefits online at
Contact the Financial Aid Office to complete certification.

Ohio Means Jobs Agency - Financial Assistance may be available for those who qualify through your local Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) agency.  Students must work directly with OMJ to apply.  Additional information

Employer Assistance - Some companies may pay for your tuition fee.  Contact the employer to see if this is an option.

To explore this career further, visit O*NET Online.  The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor.  

Contact us

Maria Diltz
Maria Diltz
Enrollment, Assessment, and Customized Training Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118
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