Nursing – State Tested Nurses Aide Certificate

2021-2022 Central Ohio Technical College ​


Pre-Admission Requirements

Prerequisite: Must be 16 years of age or older to enroll. A two-step Mantoux test for tuberculosis must be completed by the first day of class. A criminal background check (BCI) is required within six months of starting this course. Results must be available by the first day of the class. Students are required to wear a specified uniform. Course is graded on an A-F basis.

This course prepares a basic health care worker with skills required by the Training and Competency Evaluation Program (TCEP) prior to gaining eligibility to become a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) and/or to employment as a home health aide. Content includes communication, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, promoting residents’/clients’ independence, respecting residents’/clients’ rights, basic nursing skills, personal care skills, providing care in a home setting, mental health and social service needs and basic restorative services. College lab permits development of various basic nursing skills.  These skills are then implemented during a clinical experience in a local health care facility.

Requirements for this Certificate

Ohio Department of Health Requirements

  • Attendance at the first 16 hours of the course is mandatory in order to continue in the course.
  • A physical examination (within the last six months).
  • A two-step Mantoux TB test prior to the first clinical.
  • Attendance in lecture, college lab and clinical equal to 75 hours.

Central Ohio Technical College Requirements

  • Professional uniform and shoes are required to attend off-campus clinical settings.
  • Identification badge issued by COTC to be worn during all clinical experiences.
  • Own transportation is required to attend off-campus clinical settings.
  • Clinical times may vary from scheduled class time.
  • State testing examination is available at completion of course; cost is determined by the testing company.
  • Applicants to the COTC Nursing programs must be certified with STNA.

Course Goals/Objectives of this Certificate

  • Identify Ohio Department of Health requirements for State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) and requirements for home health aides.
  • Discuss aspects of communication important to nurse aides.
  • Identify important reasons for infection control procedures.
  • Discuss safety and emergency precautions.
  • Explain ways to promote the client’s independence.
  • Identify legal rights of the nursing home resident and home care client.
  • Complete basic nursing care skills at a satisfactory level.
  • Discuss theory related to performing basic nursing care skills.
  • Identify needs of an aging resident relating to mental health and social services.
  • Recognize basic restorative services available to nursing home residents and disabled clients in the home.
  • Discuss important differences between care in a nursing facility and care in the client’s home.

Attendance Policy

  • Clinical site orientation is mandatory.
  • All lab returns must be completed prior to the clinical experience.
  • A total of 80 hours in attendance, including class, lab, and clinical, is required to receive a passing grade in this course and a completion certificate from the Ohio Department of Health.

Employment Opportunities

  • Employment opportunities are available in long-term care facilities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, and home health care settings.



Basic Health Care Skills


Helpful Information 

  • This “program” is not currently eligible for Title IV financial aid. 

  • Courses may have prerequisites. Please check course description to view all course prerequisites and requirements.

The College Reserves the Right to Change Curricula Without Notice
Published date – March 2021
Office of Academic Affairs