Pre-Nursing Student Earns STNA Certification

Andre Lettau, a senior PLCC Pre-Nursing student from Green, is the first in his class to achieve the State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA) certification. The first step in earning his certification was to go through Portage Lakes Career Centers Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) utilizing the Ohio Department of Health curriculum.

Andre said the STNA exam was a four-hour test that included both a written and hands-on portion. “I was very nervous about taking this test, the results would dictate my future for a couple of years,” said Lettau. “I was the youngest person in the group taking the exam, and was mostly worried about the hands-on portion of the test. The margin of error was so small.”

Now that he has passed, Andre feels that this is one more thing he can add to his resume, and it gives him a higher level of credibility and professionalism.

Passionate About Serving People

“Andre is very passionate about serving people. He has a compassionate heart and will make a wonderful nurse someday,” said Debra Sawhill, RN, PC, program instructor. “He definitely has a goal and his work ethic will help him achieve his goals and be a valuable asset to the HealthCare Industry.”

Andre said his training at PLCC has definitely given him some advantages. In addition to earning his STNA certification, Andre has earned his CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications. Next on his list is getting his EKG Training Certification. “My goal is to eventually become an RN in an Emergency Room.” Andre also said that coming to PLCC better prepared him because of all of the one-on-one assistance his teacher Mrs. Sawhill is able to give in addition to having had a year and a half to really learn the medical terminology that is so important to know in this field.

Andre is currently working as an STNA at Manor Care in North Canton and will be attending Stark State this fall to pursue his RN degree.