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CNA Certification In Ohio

Nursing assistants in Ohio are also known as State Tested Nurse Aides (STNAs). For obtaining CNA certification in Ohio, the initial step is to complete a nurse aide program program regulated by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA), and approved by the Ohio Department of Health. The program must be completed prior appearing for the nurse aide certification exam and getting your name listed on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry.

Requirements for Acquiring CNA License in OH

The requirements for obtaining nurse aide license in the state of Ohio include:

  • If you want that your name remains listed on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry so that you could work as a CNA, but you are not eligible for more than 24 successive months that have passed since the last date of verified work, you are required to meet any one of the following requisites:
    • Provide documents demonstrating that you have provided 8 hours in a forty-eight-hour period of nursing and nursing-related services, or a minimum of seven and one-half consecutive hours during that 2 years period.OR
    • Successfully complete competency evaluation and additional program.
  • You must provide any one of the following documents:
    • In the case of an agency, facility or any other health care provider that is certified under appropriate law to offer services that consist of implementation of portions of a nursing regimen, you are required to provide a statement confirming the dates that you have successfully performed nursing and nursing-related services for compensation.OR
    • You need to provide a statement by a nurse or physician validating that you have provided nursing and nursing-related services to a patient under the supervision of a nurse or physician. The statement must also confirm:
      • The individual’s name who offered nursing as well as nursing-related services for such patient.
      • The date or dates verifying that the candidate has provided last seven and one-half successive hours or 8 hours in a 48-hour period of nursing and nursing related services. It must also include the nature of the nursing and nursing-related services.
      • It should also verify that the candidate has received compensation for the services. In case, if the nurse or physician is not capable of verifying that the candidate was compensated for those services, the candidate is required to provide additional evidence demonstrating that s/he obtained compensation for the specified services.

Procedure to Obtain CNA License by Examination

The stepwise process to acquire CNA license in Ohio is as follows:

Step 1: Use the following link to download the Nurse Aide Registration Form:

Step 2: Submit the completed application to the following mailing address:

Ohio Department of Health
Nurse Aide Registry
246 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Procedure to Obtain Nursing Assistant Licensure by Reciprocity

You must follow the given below procedure to obtain CNA licensure by reciprocity:

Step 1: Download the reciprocity application using the following link:

The Registry requires you to complete the following information on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry Reciprocity Request form:

  • Name of the nursing assistant.
  • Date of birth.
  • Photocopy of nursing assistant’s social security card.
  • Photocopy of nursing assistant’s driver’s license or state-issued identification.
  • Current street address.
  • Telephone number (daytime) where registry can reach the nurse aide.
  • Name of the state(s) where the nurse aide is registered.

Step 2: Submit a copy of your official social security card along with your application.

Step 3: Submit a copy of your photo identification that must demonstrate the correct spelling of your name, and birth date.

Step 4: After filling all the essential details, send the completed reciprocity application to the mailing address mentioned above (Refer step 2 of Procedure to Obtain CNA License by Examination).

You may also fax the information to (614) 564-2461, or e-mail it to

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Renewal of CNA Certification in OH

All nursing assistants are required to renew their license every 24 months. Paperwork will be mailed several weeks before your license expire. Instructions will be given along with the form to assist you in completing the renewal process.

In order to renew your license, CNAs need to work for a minimum of 7½ consecutive hours in the state of Ohio within 24 months period, or must have worked at least 8 hours within a 24- hour period.

License Look-up

Click on the below given links to search for the nurse aide license in the state of Ohio:

You can also call Registry at (614) 752-9500 (out-of-state) or (800) 582-5908 (in-state). Or, fax your request to (614) 564-2461.

Name Change

If your name has been changed and you want to reflect your changed name in a new registry card, you need to provide copies of the following documents to the registry:

  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID.
  • Social security card.
  • Legal document such as divorce decree, marriage certificate, or social security administration.

As soon as your name is changed on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry, you must contact the D & S Diversified Technologies for a new card. The processing fee of $25.00 is charged to complete the procedure.


Question 1 – How many hours does a candidate require to work within the 24 consecutive month period to maintain eligibility to work?

Answer The candidate is required to provide a minimum of seven and one-half successive hours or 8 hours in a 48 hour nursing and nursing-related services period during the 2 years period.

Question 2 – Can I make use of my W-2 form as a proof for providing nursing and nursing-related services for monetary compensation in the past 2 years?

Answer – No, you cannot use your W-2 form since it does not confirm your job duties and only states that you had worked for compensation. Due to this reason, the registry will not accept the W-2 forms as an evidence of your employment.

Question 3 – How can I transfer my Ohio nurse aide registration certificate to another state?

Answer – You may transfer your nurse aide certificate to another state only if you are in good standing in the state of Ohio. You are required to contact the Nurse Aide Registry of that respective state to initiate the transfer.