Free CNA Training in Ohio

If you wish to start a career as a certified nursing assistant in Ohio, you will need to attend one of the hundreds of training programs approved by the state.  There are so many CNA training programs that it is quite possible to find some potential free training options.

1) You might be eligible to receive free training if you are currently unemployed, a displaced homemaker or receiving state or community assistance benefits.  Many organizations and programs that are intended to help individuals who are unemployed or underemployed will pay for training to help you start a new career.   It might be possible to receive training for free to become a certified nursing assistant.


2) Contact your local job placement agencies, unemployment offices, adult education department or welfare office if you are looking for free  training.  Express your interest to improve your income by starting a new career.  These agencies should be able to help you locate any programs that could help you to cover the cost of training to become a certified nursing assistant.

3) Adult care centers, nursing care facilities and long-term care facilities often offer nursing assistant training programs.  These programs are often offered for individuals who have been hired to work as CNAs but who need to receive training and complete certification first.  If you do not mind working for the same employer for a few months or so, this option is one to consider for free  training.  Typically, you will agree to work for the employer and in exchange receive your training.

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Gables Care Center
351 Lahm Dr, Hopedale, OH 43976
Get your certification with on the job training provided at this nursing home. Not only does this resident home have a 5 star medicare rating, they’ve also been voted as one of the best nursing homes in the country. Sounds like a great place to become a CNA. You do however need a high school diploma or a GED to qualify for training. You can call them on (740) 937-2900 to get more info or visit their website.

Carriage Inn of Steubenville
3102 St Charles Dr, Steubenville, OH 43952
This home has just expanded massively. They have 14 new transitional care rehab suites. They are looking for people interested in a career in nursing to be trained on the job. They will help and pay for your certification in the Ohio registry. Call them on (740) 264-7161 and ask to speak to the HR dept about the training position. The only minimum requirement is an 8th grade education. Amazing opportunity if you ask us! Thank you to Carriage for doing this!

Heartland of Indian Lake Rehab, Lakeview, Ohio
14442 U.S. 33, Lakeview, OH 43331
Part of HCR Manorcare, they’ve got a few trainee positions open for nursing assistants. You don’t need to be certified. You will get trained while you begin working there. Great nursing home with rave reviews. Call on 937-843-4929 and ask about the CNA training classes if available at this point in time.

Kingston healthcare Miamisburg
1120 South Dunaway Street, Miamisburg, OH 45342
They have a trainee position at the moment where you are trained for the state certification exam under their supervision. You must finish your training in the time allocated by the state or you will not be able to get your employment at their facility. For more information an to apply for this trainee position please visit
Positions like these are good because not only do you receive training at their facility, you also get employed on a full time basis saving you a job hunt after certification.

Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
If you’re disabled you might be able to receive free training from the BVR. The Rehabilitation Services Commission in Ohio handles applications for rehabilitation. You will need to get in touch with a BVR office near your city and see if you qualify. You might also be eligible for medicall billing and coding training as well as medication aide training. The contact details for the main office is as follows:

Dayton BVR Office
1435 Cincinnati St, Suite 200
Dayton, OH 45417
Tel: (937) 331-5000

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
Get in touch with your local unemployment office to check if you can get federal funds for your  training. Usually, the process is stringent and they make you go through a lot of workshops just to see how committed you are. This may seem unfair but they are after all paying for your training. Once you get approved(usually in 3 to 4 months) you will get your training at a state assigned training provider.

Sunnyslope Nursing Home
102 Boyce Drive, Bowerston, OH 44695 Phone: (740) 269-8001
Looks similar to the carriage inn opportunity listed above. This is in Bowerston. This place is huge! Almost 50+ acres. We don’t have much information on this home at present but what we’ve found online is positive. They offer free CNA classes. Call or visit them for more info.

Low Cost Training Programs

Premier Choice Health Services
1901 E Dublin Granville Rd-Ste 201-Columbus, OH 43229  

Premier Choice Health Services offers a nursing assistant training course with tuition pricing that is competitive with other training centers in the area. As such, the course provides students with a good value for their money.  Unlike some other schools, Premier Choice allows students to supply their own scrubs if they are dark blue instead of making them have this added purchase through the school. An evening class is available for those people who work during the day or are caring for their young children in the daytime hours while a spouse works. Students mentioned that instructors often tell you what you will need to read for your next class and will give you an idea of the materials you will cover when you meet for class again.   The teaching staff is said to have an in depth understanding of the materials they are teaching.

Students are able to learn well because the material is being taught well and in depth while still being presented in a way that is easy to understand and easy to apply to when students actually begin applying skills and later working with people rather than practice mannequins. Celeste, in particular, is one of the teachers for which people have good things to say about.  A lot of material is being covered during each class.  The class can get long but Celeste is said to be interesting to learn from and she seems to be able to keep people’s attention.  Students say they learn a lot from her but she makes it fun and enjoyable to be in class even with you are there a long time and learning so many new concepts in a single day.

Premier Choice Health Services has mannequins that students can use to practice nursing assistant skills they learn.  They can practice properly moving a patient in their bed, properly helping to dress and bathe a patient and any number of duties a nursing assistant will carry out throughout their work day. There is equipment students will use to in order to help them know how to use the nursing assistant equipment at a hospital or long term care community.  Some former students note that this training course is extra helpful for those who want to work in a nursing home setting.  The class provides some in depth knowledge of working with the elder population to provide patient and compassionate care.  Students learn to take excellent care of their patients and to keep their patients doing as well as they can during each of their shifts once they become employed as a nursing assistant.

Institutions in Ohio That Can Help

The Alvis House Columbus Community Reentry Center
1991 Bryden Road Columbus, Ohio 43205
The center is able to help their clients in many ways. This includes making certain people can receive their GED if they did not graduate.  Case managers can help men and women who need reentry assistance for self sufficiency.  They work with the individuals to find training options that are best for them.  Services are provided to residents of the Reentry center as well as local residents in need.

City Year Columbus
88 East Broad Street Columbus Ohio 43215

Cuyahoga Community College
3605 Center Rd. Brunswick, OH

Columbus State Community College-Workforce Development Division
315 Cleveland Avenue, PO Box 1609, Columbus, OH 43215

The Work Station-Athens
70 N. Plains Road, The Plains, OH – 45780

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Nursing homes in Ohio that may offer CNA training for free

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility. This is simply a list to get you started. Make sure you contact only those with active vacancies. 

Auburn Manor – 375 Glenn Avenue   Washington Court Hou, Ohio 43160

Auglaize Acres – 13093 Infirmary Road   Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895

Aultman Transitional Care Unit – 2600 Sixth Street Sw   Canton, Ohio 44710

Aurora Manor Special Care Cent – 101 Bissell Rd   Aurora, Ohio 44202

Austinburg Nsg Rehab Ctr – 2026 State Route 45   Austinburg, Ohio 44010

Englewood Manor Inc – 425 Lauricella Court   Englewood, Ohio 45322

Enniscourt Nursing Care – 13315 Detroit Ave   Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Erie Co Care Facility – 3916 Perkins Ave   Huron, Ohio 44839

Essex Healthcare Of Tallmadge – 563 Colony Park Drive   Tallmadge, Ohio 44278

Essex Of Salem I – 2511 Bentley Drive   Salem, Ohio 44460

Hennis Care Centre Of Bolivar – 300 Yant Street Northwest   Bolivar, Ohio 44612

Hennis Care Centre Of Dover – 1720 Cross Street   Dover, Ohio 44622

Heritage Care Center – 100 Rogers Lane   Shelby, Ohio 44875

Heritage Manor – 2820 Greenacre Dr   Findlay, Ohio 45840

Heritage Manor Jewish Hm For – 517 Gypsy Lane   Youngstown, Ohio 44504

Manorcare Health Services – 4102 Rocky River Dr   Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Manorcare Health Services-Ak – 1211 W Market St   Akron, Ohio 44313

Manorcare Hlth Svcs-Belden Vil – 5005 Higbee Avenue Nw   Canton, Ohio 44718

Maple Care Center – 16231 Broadway   Maple Heights, Ohio 44137

Roselawn Manor – 420 East Fourth Street Po Box 127   Spencerville, Ohio 45887

Roselawn Terrace – 11999 Klinger Avenue Ne   Alliance, Ohio 44601

Rosewood Manor – 935 Rosewood Dr   Galion, Ohio 44833

Rosewood Manor – 212 Fourth Street   Yorkville, Ohio 43971

Royal Oak Nursing & Rehab Ctr – 6973 Pearl Rd   Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130

Ruffing Family Care Ctr Of Blo – Po Box 69 22 Clinton St   Bloomville, Ohio 44818

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2 Responses to Free CNA Training in Ohio

  1. Earlean March 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    I am in Cincinnati, Ohio Is their anything here in Cincinnati

    my zip code is 45236. I’m in the siverton, kenedy heights,

    Blue ash, deer park area, But I am willing to go any where

    in the Cincinnati area for the training.

  2. Stacey October 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Is there any nursing homes in or near Miamisburg, OH that might offer free CNA training?

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