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Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)

The Ohio Department of Health's (ODH) NATCEP Unit is responsible for ensuring that Nurse Aide, Train-the-Trainer (TTT) and Dining Assistant (DA) programs offered in Ohio meet minimum federal and state requirements. The NATCEP Unit provides phone assistance to these programs, as well as individuals seeking training (program lists are available by county) and consumers wishing to start new programs. The unit also oversees both the written competency and clinical skills exams for all nurse aide test candidates.

Completion of an ODH-approved NATCEP will provide the training needed to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA). A NATCEP must be no less than 75 hours in length. Training will consist of at least 59 hours of classroom experience and skills training and at least 16 hours of supervised resident care in a long-term care facility (nursing home only). Upon successful completion of a NATCEP, students will receive an official ODH Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to register for the state nurse aide test. Individuals who pass the state nurse aide test will have their names added to the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry.  


Attention Service members, Veterans and their spouses:

If you are Active Military, Retired Military, Veteran or spouse of a Veteran, you are eligible to receive priority of service on testing day.  For details regarding what documents are considered acceptable proof for service members or veterans, please click here.

D&S Diversified Technologies has been approved through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an approved testing vendor for the Ohio STNA exam.  Reimbursement of fees paid may be available through your GI Bill, if funds are available.   If you are a Veteran or Active Military, you will be provided with a receipt that you must submit with completed form 22-0803-ARE.pdf and mail to the VA for reimbursement.   You can find additional information about the GI Bill at


Nurse Aide Training Reimbursement:

Individuals are entitled to a refund of up to 100 percent for out-of-pocket expenses paid for completing an Ohio NATCEP. This request can only be made to the very first nursing home that hires an individual as an STNA and must be made within 12 months after training program completion. The refund amount may be prorated based on the time an individual completed his/her training program and when he/she began working for their first nursing home. State rules 3701-17-07.1 and 3701-18-08 and Federal regulations 42CFR 483.152, 42CFR 483.154 and 42CFR 483.158 require that nursing homes provide this reimbursement if requested. 


Did You Know?

Per 3701-18-06.1 of the Ohio Administrative Code, a NATCEP must maintain compliance with the same standards and criteria that is required for initial approval.  In other words, a Nurse Aide Training program is required to always be staffed and equipped to provide the training program.


Ohio Department of Health
Office of Health Assurance and Licensing, NATCEP Unit
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 752-8285
Fax: (614) 564-2596


Last Updated: 6/19/2018