The state of New Jersey offers several training options for aspiring CNAs through its 2-year county community college and vocational school systems. CNA programs often consist of lectures, clinical experiences and a practicum. The following New Jersey-based programs might include between 90 and 100 hours of education. Daytime and evening classes may be offered. The nine schools below feature these programs:
- Certified Nurse Aide Program
- Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs Program
- Certified Nurse Aide in Long-Term Care Program
- Multi-Skilled Technician Certificate
- Medical Skills and Health Related Careers Technical Program
Atlantic Cape Community College
Located in Mays Landing, Atlantic Cape Community College offers a 90-credit-hour CNA program. The program includes 50 credit-hours of lectures and 40 credit-hours of a practicum that occurs at a local long-term care facility.
The school also offers a Certified Home Health Aide (HHA) for CNAs program. This 10-credit-hour program is for current CNAs seeking to work as HHAs. Graduates are prepared to seek HHA certification from the state.
Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College is located in Lincroft and enrolls over 14,100 students. The college offers a Certified Nurse Aide in Long-Term Care program that consists of 96 contact hours. Students in this program develop psychosocial care skills, study client rights, and learn about patient physical care.
Camden County College
Blackwood's Camden County College enrolls just under 14,000 students. The college offers a CNA program that includes lectures and labs in addition to a clinical experience. The course covers patient interaction, infection control, nutrition, vital signs, and other topics.
The college also offers a 14-credit-hour Multi-Skilled Technician Certificate program designed for CNAs who have been certified for at least six months prior to starting the program. The program's curriculum expands upon the skills learned in the college's CNA program.
Essex County College
Situated in Newark, Essex County College enrolls almost 12,000 students. The college offers a CNA program that is available in both the daytime and evenings. The daytime program consists of 480 hours of training in lectures, labs, and a clinical experience, while the evening program consists of 90 hours of study. Topics covered in the daytime program include medical terminology, keyboarding, and nursing theory.
Hudson County Community College
Hudson Community College, located in Jersey City, offers an evening Certified Nurse Aide program. The program consists of 50 hours in the classroom and 40 hours spent training to work in a long-term care facility. Students learn to perform tasks such as taking vital signs, making beds, and assisting patients with grooming.
Mercer County Community College
Located in West Windsor, Mercer County Community College enrolls over 7,800 students. The college's CNA program consists of a 90-hour course, split up between classroom and clinical hours. Program graduates may be able to apply earned credits towards one of the school's associate's degree programs. This program is planned for the college's Trenton campus as well.
The school also offers a Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs (CHHA) program for state-certified CNAs who want to become home health aides. The course is completed in two sessions and prepares students to seek home health aide state certification.
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School in Toms River offers a 90-hour Medical Skills and Health Related Careers technical program that introduces students to multiple aspects of the medical field in the first year. After focusing on basic patient care techniques and key concepts of the medical industry in the first year, students prepare for the state's CNA exam. Students taking this course can also join the Health Occupations Students of America. This organization accepts students going after careers in health.
Raritan Valley Community College
Raritan Valley Community College is located in Branchburg and enrolls over 8,200 students. The college offers a certified nurse aide program that consists of four credit hours of study. In addition to a clinical experience, the program's curriculum includes lectures and labs.
The school also offers a Home-Maker Home Health Aide course. Students pursuing the CNA program can participate in 10 hours of this course to receive dual certification.
Warren County Community College
This college, which enrolls over 2,500 students, is located in Washington, New Jersey. The college offers a 100-hour certified nursing assistant program that prepares students for CNA roles. Admission requirements include a physical exam, a background check, and an interview.
New Jersey requires that nurse aides working in long-term care facilities be certified and listed on a registry. To be eligible for entry on the state's nurse aide registry, individuals must complete a training program and pass written and skills exams. The state does not require nurse aides working in acute care facilities to be certified.
Currently, the Division of Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing, which is the component of the State of New Jersey Department of Health responsible for certifying nurse aides, has approved 86 nurse aide programs. Several of these programs are offered by public community colleges. The programs listed below all prepare students to take the state's certification exam for inclusion on the registry.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nurse Aide Training Programs Offered||Program Cost (2018-2019)|
|Atlantic Cape Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certified Nurse Aide Program,
Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs Program
|Brookdale Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certified Nurse Aide in Long-Term Care Program||$1,205*|
|Camden County College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certified Nurse Aide program,
Multi-Skilled Technician Certificate
| $9,630 in-county,
|Essex County College||2-year, public; large city||Certified Nurse Aide program||$4,250*|
|Hudson County Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certified Nurse Aide Program||$1,060*|
|Mercer County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certified Nurse Aide Program,
Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs Program
| CNA: $1,328;
|Ocean County Vocational-Technical School||< 2-year, public; large suburb||Medical Skills and Related Health Careers Technical Program||$10,160 (undergraduate)**|
|Raritan Valley Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certified Nurse Aide program,
Home-Maker Home Health Aide 10-Hour Module
| CNA: $14,580 in-county,
HHHA: $1,620 in-county,
|Warren County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certified Nursing Assistant program||$1,135*|
Sources: *Schools' websites, **NCES