State Tested Nursing Assistants (STNA) provide basic care for patients and residents in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, hospitals and rehabilitation centers. The aging of the baby boomer population will fuel the need for nursing assistants to provide care for elderly people.
If you are considering becoming an STNA, some good traits to have are being:
- Compassionate and understanding with a genuine concern for others, especially to assist with the aging process.
- Dependable with a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Professional in providing service to patients and co-workers.
- Able to work on their feet and provide physical support to patients such as eating, dressing and using the toilet.
Some of the job titles that nursing assistants may go by include nurse aide, home health aide and others.
This program provides a steppingstone to study other areas in health care including registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse and medical doctor.
- STNA Course Only – The course is eight weeks long and includes two weeks of clinicals at local nursing homes.
- STNA Certificate - In addition to preparation to take the competency exam in the STNA course, the certificate allows for additional options for the student. The STNA certificate is a full 15-week semester long.
- Hospitals and nursing homes.
- Home health care and rehabilitation centers.
- Job outlook for STNAs is projected to grow 11 percent through 2026*.
- Provides a steppingstone to move into education programs in health care, for example, such as registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse and medical doctor.
*(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," nursing assistants and orderlies, June 05, 2018).
Learn how an apprenticeship through Lakeland Community College can help you train STNAs with a combination of formal education and on-the-job training. Scholarships are available!
Learn more about STNA apprenticeships here.