Click on any item below to expand the selection and learn more. For more information on STNA courses, please call Dan Fredrick at 419.267.2227 or Cindy Kinkaid at 419.267.2286.

How long does the course take to complete?

This course is governed by the Ohio Department of Health. It is required to be at least 75 hours long.

What does the class teach you?

The curriculum has three components. The lecture component teaches the student basic knowledge in such areas as infection control, safety, communication, disease process, mental health and personal care.

After the baseline knowledge has been achieved, psychomotor skills are taught in the lab setting to gain knowledge and confidence.

The final component is clinical. Clinical allows the student the opportunity to have hands-on experience while caring for real people. The student will demonstrate a basic mastery of basic nursing care including bathing, feeding and dressing.

What are the supplies and requirements for the class?

Books and supplies are given to students on the first day of class. The only additional purchases are one complete uniform. Your uniform is a scrub top and bottom of any modest color choice with mostly white walking shoes. If you are taking this course in preparation for the nursing program at NSCC, you should purchase completely white shoes, which is what is required for clinical.

A current TB test and flu vaccine are requirements before the first clinical day. You cannot participate without having a complete and current TB test and flu vaccine. A criminal background check is also required. This can be completed at your local police department, county sheriff’s office or at Northwest State Community College. There is a charge for this background check payable to the agency where you have the check done.

Where will I be doing my clinical?

Clinical site selection will be discussed during the first week of class. We will use local nursing homes.

What am I considered when I am done with this course?

A student is considered a “test ready nursing assistant” when they have completed all components of the course successfully. This means you are a “nursing assistant” but not an STNA until you pass the state test.

Why do I need to take the state test and what does it involve?

The state test is contracted through D&S Diversified Technologies, a testing company based in Findlay, Ohio. The purpose of testing is to prove your competency in both knowledge and psychomotor skills in relation to the care of people. This is accomplished through a written and psychomotor skills competency test. You must pass both portions in order to become an STNA.

How much does the state test cost?

The testing fee is approximately $100.00. This is payable to D&S Diversified Technologies in the form of credit card payment or bank check. No personal checks will be accepted. Testing procedures will be discussed at the end of class.

When is a good time to take the STNA class?

Students should think carefully about scheduling the class. It is generally 8 weeks long, but can be a 16-week course. Upon successful completion of the class, your certificate is valid for 24 months from the date of issue.

In order to remain certified, you must work one 8-hour shift in a nursing home for pay, every two years. If you are not planning on working in a nursing home and your certification is close to expiring, please keep in mind that your certification must be current throughout the entire first semester successfully completed of the NSCC nursing program. Please plan accordingly.

Why is this class a requirement for clinical?

The nursing curriculum was reformatted in fall 2007. This means some skills are no longer being taught at the college level. Those skills are now taught at the STNA level. You are still responsible for the skill knowledge at the college level. The skills you learn in the STNA program are only a foundation to what you will continue to learn at the college level.

Do I have to take the class at Northwest State Community College?

No. The STNA program is a universal program in the State of Ohio. You may take the program through NSCC for college credit, receive a letter grade and use financial aid. Or, you may take the program through Four County Career Center, Vantage Career Center or a nursing home. The course content will be the same.

How do I register for the class?

Through the NSCC
Registering for classes at the College is the same process as any other class. Speak to your advisor. However, students with a clinical seat will have priority acceptance into the class.

Through Four County Career Center
If you choose to take the course through Four County (not as an NSCC student), you must first complete Work Keys testing.

Call 1.800.589.3334 ext. 2703 to register to take the Career Readiness Credential (Work Keys) test. This test costs $75.00. After students have met the benchmark, they will be mailed a registration form. Returning the form with a $25.00 deposit will hold your seat in the class. The deposit is applied to the course fee. The remaining balance is due the first day of class. If you have any questions about Work Keys testing, please call 1.800.589.3334 ext. 2703 and speak to a secretary.