Nurse Aide

Adult Education Office Hours

Mon - Thur 8:00 am - 9:00 pm and Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nurse Aide

Nurse Aide Program Manager

Ruth NicholsRuth Nichols, Nurse Aide Program Manager

Phone (419) 998-2979
Fax (419) 998-2994

  • Graduate studies – University of Cincinnati and Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Arts – God’s Bible School & College – Major in Education
  • Associate of Arts – Lima Technical College – Applied Science – Major in Nursing
  • Teaching experience grades K-12 for 21 years
  • Registered Nurse since 1980
  • Nursing experience includes charge/staff nurse duties on oncology, staff nurse on medical units and rehab, consultant in long term care, industrial screening, pediatric home care supervisor, state test evaluator, CPR instructor and school nursing.
  • Nursing education experience as a Primary Instructor at Apollo Career Center since 1991.
  • Program Manager for the Nurse Aide Training Program at Apollo Career Center since 2004.
  • Coordinate and teach the Train the Trainer Program for candidates who will be teaching/coordinating Nurse Aide Programs in Ohio.
  • Coordinate and teach the Dining Assistant Program.
  • Train the Trainer certification from Springfield Community Hospital in 1990.
  • Serve on the Ohio Department of Health Curriculum and State Testing Review panels.


A nurse aide performs everyday tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. This course is designed to prepare the nurse aide for the mandatory State Nurse Aide test in a few short weeks.

The Nurse Aide Training Program is a 76 hour course with classes being offered every month.  It includes 60 hours of classroom lecture with hands on training in the lab and 16 hours of clinical experience. The clinical hours are off site and conducted in a long term care facility.  These hours will be assigned within the first week of class, and are in addition to the classroom dates and hours posted.

The curriculum includes: Infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, safety and emergency procedures, resident’s rights, promoting residents’ independence, basic nursing skills, restorative services, personal care skills, mental health and social service needs.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be a prepared nurse aide, equipped to provide hands on personal and basic nursing care to patients under the supervision of a licensed nurse. A certificate of completion is given to each successful candidate, and the student is then registered to take the mandatory State Test.  The State Test is approximately 2-4 weeks following the completion of the Nurse Aide Training Program.  The student can work with the certificate of course completion prior to taking the State Test.

A workbook and the initial State Test fee are included in the tuition cost.


  • Current 2-step Mantoux (TB) test (within 3 months). If you are currently working in healthcare and had your original 2-step TB test, and have maintained your yearly updates (within 3 months), bring copies of those results with you to class.
  • Uniform, including white scrub top, navy uniform pants/skirt and white shoes, will be required beginning the first day of the second week of class.

Apollo’s Nurse Aide State Test pass rate is well above the state’s average, and the program lays a strong foundation for any career in the field of healthcare!