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STNA - Nurse Aide Certificate (NURC 1001)


The Nurse Aide Certificate class (NURC1001) is a program that qualifies students to take the state test for nurse aides in Ohio. 

State testing is a prerequisite for our nursing programs.

You must be an enrolled Columbus State student to take NURC 1001. To enroll at Columbus State follow the Get Started Guide.

Plan of Study

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Description:

3 credits
The Nurse Aide Training Certificate is designed to instruct students in the knowledge and skills needed to provide basic care for clients in long-term care settings. The 76-hour course includes 60 hours of classroom/lab instruction and 16 hours of clinical preparation, which meet the requirements for nurse aide training in Ohio. Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to state test. 

Course Prerequisites:

Standards Essential for Nursing Students are required in order to be considered for admission into a nursing program.

Placement into ENGL 1100
or completion of ENGL 0190 or ESL 0190 with a grade of “C” or better. Students with transfer credit (K) for ENGL 1100 or meet the English prerequisite for NURC 1001 and the writing placement test is not necessary.

Placement into DEV 0114

Placement into "NO READING REQUIRED"

Completion of the NURC 1001 health record

Download NURC 1001 Health Record or pick one up from the Academic Health Records office.

  • The Academic Health Records Office in Union Hall Room 132 (614-287-2450) is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm; Wednesday 8:30am to 6pm; Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. To register on the first day of registration, the health record must be completed and submitted to the Academic Health Records Office no later than deadlines listed at
  • Registration for NURC 1001 is competitive and course sections fill within hours the first day of registration.  Prepare in advance to register on-line on CougarWeb or by touch-tone (614-287-3900) at midnight (12:01am) on the first day of registration.
  • Remember to research the course offerings in advance in preparation for registration.  NURC 1001 will be offered on our Columbus, Dublin, and Reynoldsburg campuses.  There are varying course schedules. 

If you are currently a state tested nurse’s aide (STNA) you may request prior learning assessment (PLA or “N”) credit for NURC 1001.  Request for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) form. See additional instructions on the Request for Prior Learning Assessment form including documentation to be submitted and deadline dates. 

If you have the equivalent of twelve months or more of full-time employment within the preceding five years as a hospital aide or orderly you are eligible to take the state test for STNA and then use the PLA process to request “N” credit for NURC 1001.  Contact D&S Diversified Technologies at or 1-877-851-2355 for the “STNA Candidate Handbook” for instructions.