You can start a rewarding career as a certified nursing assistant in Ohio by enrolling in a state certified nursing assistant training program. These programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work successfully as a nursing assistant.
Training Hours and Requirements
The state of Ohio requires a minimum of 75 training hours before an individual can sit for the nursing assistant certification exam. You will need to have at least 16 hours of training in the classroom before you can begin working directly with patients. A large portion of your training will be spent in a clinical setting.
If a training program does not have at least 75 hours of instruction, it does not meet state or federal guidelines and therefore will not qualify you to become a certified nursing assistant. Training courses will be taught by professional nurses with two or more years of experience in their field. It is necessary to successfully complete the course before taking the certification test.
CNA Certification by Reciprocity in Ohio
You can apply for CNA certification reciprocity if you are listed as a nursing assistant with an active certification in another state. You will need to be listed in good standing with no crimes or misconduct against patients.
It will be necessary to provide the following information to the Ohio Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry:
- Your full name
- Copy of your driver’s license
- Copy of your social security number
- Date of birth
- Current home address
- Daytime phone number
- Name of state(s) where you are registered
Submit all the requested information above to:
Ohio Nurse Aide Registry- 246 N. High Street-Columbus, OH43215
Or fax to: (614) 564-2461 or (614)466-8692
If you have additional questions you can call the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry at: (614) 752-9500
The Ohio Nurse Aide Registry will verify your certification with your former state. Once the registry has verified that your certification is active and in good standing they will place you on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry. Once placed on the registry, they will mail a nurse aide card to you.
CNA Certification Renewal in Ohio
It is necessary to renew your certification every 24 months. Your certification materials will reflect the date that your license expires. You should receive paperwork in the mail to renew your license several weeks before it will expire. There will be instructions with the form to help you complete the renewal process.
You must work at least 7 ½ consecutive hours in Ohio over a 24 month stretch or have worked for a minimum of 8 hours within a 24 hour period in order to renew your license. If you have not completed this requirement, your license will lapse. The renewal process will be different if you have been unable to work for the past two years prior to the expiration of your certification.
Q: I am a certified nursing assistant in New Jersey. However, I recently had a baby and have not worked as a nursing assistant for the past three months. Our family is now moving to Ohio. Would it be possible for me to work as a nursing assistant in Ohio without again taking a CNA training course?
A: You would be able to apply for CNA certification through reciprocity in order to be listed on the nursing aide registry in Ohio. You will be eligible to apply as long as you worked for pay at some time within the past two years. It does not matter that you did not work for three months as a CNA as long as your certification is still active and in good standing on the nursing assistant registry in New Jersey.
Q: How would I go about the process of applying for reciprocity?
A: If you are applying to transfer your nursing assistant certification to Ohio, you can contact the Nursing Aide Registry in Ohio by calling 800-582-5908. You can request an application for reciprocity. The application will require you to answer a variety of questions truthfully and in their entirety. You will need to submit information to the nursing aide registry where you are certified. They will provide verification to the state of Ohio that you have an active CNA certification in good standing. You will need to provide a copy of your social security card and Photo ID to the state of Ohio. It will be necessary to provide documentation verifying that you attending a state approved CNA training course in your former state and that you were employed as a nursing assistant.