Become a state tested nursing assistant in 8 weeks – no degree required!

If you need a job quickly, becoming a nursing assistant (STNA) may be right for you.

Do you have a passion for helping others and a desire to make a positive impact in the health care field? Consider a career as an STNA! Lakeland Community College offers a fast-paced, 8-week nursing assistant training program designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in this in-demand profession.

Qualities of a Successful Nursing Assistant
  • Compassionate and caring: STNAs provide essential care to patients, especially older adults, and have a genuine desire to help others.
  • Dependable and team-oriented: The ability to work effectively with patients, residents and other health care professionals is crucial.
  • Professional and personable: You'll deliver high-quality care while maintaining a positive and respectful attitude.
  • Strong work ethic: Being on your feet and providing physical assistance requires stamina and dedication.

Upon completion of our STNA training program, students are eligible to take the certification exam to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant.

What You'll Learn in Lakeland's Nursing Assistant Program

Our comprehensive nursing assistant training program covers a wide range of topics to prepare you for success, including:

  • Personal care skills: Assisting with daily living activities like bathing, dressing, and toileting.
  • Infection control: Upholding the highest standards of hygiene to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Safety and emergency procedures: Ensuring a safe environment for patients and residents.
  • Resident/patient rights: Understanding and respecting the legal and ethical rights of those you care for.
  • Data collection and documentation: Accurately recording patient information.
  • Older adult growth and development: Gaining insight into the specific needs and challenges faced by the aging population.
What is an STNA?

What does an STNA do? Under the supervision of a registered nurse, an STNA provides a range of support services. Some STNA duties include monitoring patients, changing patient's bedding, helping patients move around, aiding patients with their meals, bathing and grooming patients and aiding nurses and doctors to set up for medical procedures.


State tested nursing assistants and certified nursing assistants are the same thing. In Ohio, we are called STNAs whereas other states may have a different naming convention. There is high demand in Ohio and in our local workforce for STNAs.

STNA Salary in Ohio

How much does an STNA make in Ohio? For the national salary averages and job outlooks, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

How to become an STNA

Lakeland students can begin working in the field in just eight weeks! Students will earn their Lakeland Nursing Assistant Certificate with just three courses, while just one course is needed to prepare you to get a job in the field with the customer service and medical skills need to become an STNA.

STNA Requirements and Certification

Successful completion of our HLTH 1350 course (includes classroom, lab and clinical hours) will prepare you to sit for the Ohio Department of Health's Training Competency Evaluation Test to become an STNA.

Start Your Journey to Become an STNA in Ohio

First, apply to Lakeland in just a few easy steps!

Contact our program director any time with questions and to find out if Lakeland's State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) program is a good fit for you!


Layce Artman I graduated with my associate degree from Lakeland while at the same time graduating as Valedictorian from high school. I plan to attend the Holden University Center to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Layce Artman College Credit Plus

Michelle Timms One thing I really love about Lakeland and being in the honors program is that the teachers have small classes and they are very devoted to their students. My friends at four-year institutions are taking the same intro classes that I am, but in large lecture halls with a lot more students. Michelle Timms Associate of Arts

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