Ohio CNA Certification and Licensing
Ohio CNA Program Basics
In Ohio, residents that wish to work as a nurse aide must first complete a training course of at least 70 hours (or more), then sit for the state's final examination. All training courses cover basic nursing, patient care, and infection control. In addition to these topics, emergency procedures, fire response, and certain specialized topics- rehabilitation and dementia are often included. While these topics are covered by the course, for some students that plan to work in special rehab or memory care units, there will be more in-depth modules on these subjects.
Ohio CNA Training Requirements
Ohio requires that all training programs, regardless if the courses are in-facility or elsewhere, have written instruction segments along with separate modules for manual skills (or clinicals). Clinicals are performed first on classmates and then, later in the program, on actual patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. In an employer based training program the students will often work there last one to two weeks under a senior CNA on the facility’s units. This gives the students a chance to practice all of the instruction they have received and hone their skills for the final CNA examination.
Ohio CNA Examination Information
When the student finishes their training, they are eligible to sit for the final exam. During this examination the student will first take a written test. A passing score is needed to move on to the manual skills assessment portion of the exam. The administrator of the exam will choose several skills for the student to demonstrate during this portion of the exam. The skills may be performed either on the administrator or on a fellow classmate that has already completed the examination. Students that have failed any portion of the exam will need to leave the testing area in most cases. Passing students are often invited to sit in as 'patients' for the next test taker.
Ohio CNA Certification Renewal
Renewal of certification is similar to that of other states. Every twenty-four months the state's department of health or board of nursing will send out a renewal packet to aides that need to renew their certification. This packet will typically come at least a month or so before the expiration of the aide's certification. The aide may not need to complete the packet in full if their employer trained them and covers renewal. Some employers may reimburse aides for renewal if the aides were not trained in their facility; this depends solely on the facility.