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Dining Assistant Program Information and Application

Ohio’s Dining Assistant Program has been designed to meet the requirements of Rule 3701-17-07.2 of the Administrative Code as well as provide a meaningful, practical skill development opportunity for persons wishing to be a Dining Assistant in Ohio’s long-term care facilities.

Dining Assistants help residents who may need some assistance or encouragement with eating or drinking. Dining Assistants will only be assigned to residents who do not have complex feeding problems such as IV or parental feedings, swallowing problems, or recurrent aspiration problems.

Application and Required Documents

An application must be submitted to start a new DA program. There is no application fee and no renewal required. Once approved, DA programs will submit any changes using a Report of Changes in Dining Assistant Program.

DA classes must be a minimum nine hours in length following the Program Standards and Guidelines with at least one of those hours in the clinical setting. Students who successfully complete a DA program will receive an ODH official Certificate of Completion.

Individuals who have not worked as a dining assistant in a nursing home for 12 consecutive months will be required to retake a DA class in order to work as such again.

The following documentation must be submitted:

  • Professional licensure verification
  • Initial Application
  • A signed and dated clinical site agreement with at least one nursing home if applicable

Submit the entire application packet to:

Ohio Department of Health

Attn: NATCEP Unit

P.O. Box 15278

Columbus, Ohio 43215-0278

Application Timeframes

Once the NATCEP unit has received your application, it will be reviewed to ensure that all of the needed documentation have been submitted.  If the application is incomplete, the NATCEP Unit will contact you; the deadline will not be extended but could be held over to the next deadline

Once complete, the application is reviewed in-depth for compliance with rule 3701-17-07.2.  You will then receive a written notice of the Director’s determination to approve or deny your Dining Assistant program 

Below is the schedule for receiving and approving the applications.  All applications must be received no less than 60 days prior to the next approval period. 

Applications Must be Received By

Approved By

Dec. 1 Feb. 1
Feb. 1 April 1
April 1 June 1
June 1 Aug. 1
Aug. 1 Oct. 1
Oct. 1 Dec. 1

Last Updated: 4/3/15