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Free OHIO STNA Practice Tests

If you are looking for free STNA Practice tests, you've come to the right place! Test-Guide.com has compiled hundreds of sample questions and answers - including official practice tests from Ohio's STNA exam provider.   

State Tested Nurse Aides (STNA) must pass the official exam to be listed in Ohio's Nurse Aide Registry. The STNA exam makes sure that you have mastered the topics that were covered in your training.  Our free sample questions let you see how well you are prepared for the actual test, and then concentrate on the areas you need to work on. Try some sample quizzes from Test-Guide.com or from our directory of other practice exam providers.

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STNA Practice Tests from Other Providers

Resource # Questions Includes Explanations?
Full-length Practice Test from STNAPracticeTest.com 79 Yes
HDMaster Sample Test 10 No
Ivy Tech Sample Test (PDF) 20 No
2017 NNAAP Official Sample Test from Pearson Vue (PDF) 60 No
Practice Quiz Online Practice Test 70 Yes
Tests.com Online Practice Test  24 Yes

The best way to prepare for your STNA test is by taking our sample tests.  Our practice questions don't require payment or registration - they are completely free!  After you answer the questions on your quiz, your answers will be immediately graded and your score report will contain detailed explanations for all of your wrong answers.  We are currently in the process of adding more free  test questions, so please check back often.  If you have another source of quality sample questions, please let us know!

Here are the benefits of using sample STNA  test questions:

  • Remember important information - When you take sample tests you don't just measure what you already know...you reinforce the learning and make it more likely that you will be able to retrieve the information later.
  • Targeted study time - Using practice tests as a study guide is a very effective prep strategy. One of the biggest advantages to taking sample tests is learning what you are good at and what you are weak at.  You can then concentrate your study time on your weakest areas.
  • Familiarity with the test format - The STNA exam, like most standardized tests, has its own unique format (way of presenting the questions).  As you take more and more sample tests, you will begin to see a pattern in the way the questions are written.  Once the actual test day comes, you will feel comfortable and have no surprises.

Please let us know in the comments whether you found any of these practice tests useful, or if you have another provider to recommend.

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If you are looking for some help with the CNA exam, you can review our free CNA practice tests.

STNA Exam Overview

The Nursing Home Reform Act was adopted by Congress in 1987. The purpose of the Act is to improve the quality of care in long-term care facilities. A significant part of the legislation was to define training and evaluation standards for nurse aides who work in nursing homes. The Nursing Home Reform act lays out the federal standards, but it is up to each state to insure that nursing aide programs meet the federal standards.

Every state administers a CNA certification exam which consists of a written/knowledge test and a skills evaluation. Most states work with a third party test administrator to manage the examination process. The three largest CNA exam providers are: NNAAP/Pearson Vue, Prometric, and HDMaster.   Ohio's STNA testing program uses HDMaster.

The details on Ohio's exams are provided below:

Headmaster/HDMaster STNA Exam

Eleven states have their CNA exams administered by D&S Diversified Technologies LLP, commonly referred to as Headmaster (www.hdmaster.com).  Like the other test providers, the headmaster CNA exam consists of two components - a written exam and a manual skills exam. The written STNA exam has 79 multiple choice question. The manual skill test consists of 5 scenarios associated with your assigned skill tasks. 

The HDmaster test is given in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • Ohio (STNA)
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah

HDMaster STNA Written Exam Outline

Topic Approximate Questions
Safety 8
Infection Control 5
 Personal Care 11
 Mental Health 7
 Care Impaired 6
 Resident Rights 5
Communication 6
Data Collection 4
Basic Nursing Skills 11
Role and Responsibility 8
Disease Process 4
Older Adult Growth 4

HDMaster Skills List

You will be tested on handwashing and four additional skills from the list below:

  1. Handwashing
  2. Abdominal Thrust on Conscious Resident
  3. Ambulation with gait belt
  4.  Ambulation with walker to the wheelchair
  5. Applying anti-embolic stocking (ted hose)
  6. Bedpan/Fracture Pan and output
  7. Catheter care for a female
  8. Denture care
  9. Dressing resident
  10. Emptying a urinary drainage bag
  11. Feeding the dependent resident
  12. Hair care
  13. Making an occupied bed
  14. Applying an adult brief
  15. Mouth care
  16. Nail care one hand
  17. Partial bed bath-face, arm, hand and underarm
  18. Perineal care for a female
  19. Position resident on side
  20. Range of motion hip & knee
  21. Range of motion one shoulder
  22. Stand, pivot & transfer from bed to wheelchair with gait belt
  23. Stand, pivot & transfer from wheelchair to bed with gait belt
  24. Vital signs - temperature, pulse and respiration for 60 seconds
  25. Weighing an ambulatory resident

Becoming a STNA in Ohio

There are three major steps required to become a STNA in Ohio:

  1. Complete a state approved nursing assistant program
  2. Pass the STNA exam
  3. Become listed in Ohio's state nurse aide registry

To become certified, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of an approved training program within the last year, or
  • You are a graduate of a nursing school, or current student with an approved waiver from the school's nursing director, and
  • You have passed a background check


Nursing assistants or nurse aides are other titles used for CNAs. The main role of a CNA is to help provide basic care to patients in hospitals and residents of nursing homes (long term care facilities).  

A CNA's list of responsibilities of a include:

  • Assisting in the dressing of residents
  • Helping patients and residents with going to the bathroom
  • Cleaning and bathing patients/residents
  • Helping patients eat and serving meals
  • Listening to and recording patients' concerns about their health - and relaying to the appropriate nursing/medical staff
  • Taking residents' blood pressure and temperature

In addition, some CNAs may be allowed to dispense medicine depending on the state that they are licensed in, and their training level.

CNAs are typically regulated and licensed by individual states, which will specify training/education requirements.  Most CNAs are trained in state-approved programs delivered by a community college, trade/vocational school, the American Red Cross, or in a nursing home/hospital.  After completing an education program, nurse aides will have to take a competency exam which will allow them to use a state-specific title (such as Certified Nursing Assistant) and be placed on the state registry. Some states may have additional requirements such as background checks and continuing education.  Nurse aides may be able to gain additional credentials, such as the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), which will allow them to dispense medication.  Additionally, CNAs may be choose to specialize in certain areas such as geriatrics.

The job prospects for nurse aides is good. Overall employment of CNAs is expected to rise over11% through 2026.  There are neearly 1.6 million nursing assistants currently employed.  The average CNA salary (from 2017) was $27,510 ($13.23 per hour). Nursing assistants often choose to advance their career by furthering their education.  Nursing assistants can become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) or Registered Nurses (RNs).

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