CNA Training in NJ with School Overviews

Nov 25, 2018

Research certified nursing assistant (CNA ) training programs in NJ, which has several colleges and vocational institutes offering these or similar nursing programs. Read overviews of the training programs and get some quick facts for two of these NJ schools to decide which program is right for you.

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NJ Schools Offering CNA Training

Prospective CNAs must typically complete a training program before pursuing professional certification and employment in this field. Several community colleges and other training institutions in NJ offer such programs. These are mainly non-degree programs with labs accompanying some courses and hands-on training available through clinical internships.

Learn details about two NJ colleges, one being among the largest and the other among the oldest community colleges in the state, that provide CNA studies. Get curriculum details and information about program duration. Learn more information about these schools in the table in the following section.

  • Camden County College has locations in Blackwood, Camden and Cherry Hill, plus a number of satellite centers around the county. The school's Camden and Blackwood campuses provide CNA training programs.
  • Atlantic Cape Community College is located in the southern part of NJ. Its continuing education branch offers career training in numerous fields, including a program for prospective CNAs.

Comparison of Schools

When choosing a CNA training course or program, you should decide if the school offering a particular program is right for you. Read below to find details about each school's tuition rates, population, size and retention and graduate rates.

Camden County College Atlantic Cape Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 10,492 5,528
Campus Setting Large suburb Rural: Fringe
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)* $4,320 (in district)
$4,440 (in state)
$4,440 (out-of-state)
$4,551 (in district)
$6,291 (in state)
$7,851 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 66% 77%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admission policy) 100% (open admission policy)
Retention Rate (2017)* 61% for full-time students 61% for full-time students
Graduation Rate (Students beginning in 2014)* 16% 18%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Camden County College

Camden County College is one of the largest community colleges in the state of New Jersey and opened to students in 1967. Through the Continuing Education Division, Camden County College offers a certified nursing assistant program.

Certified Nursing Aide Training

The State of New Jersey established this professional program to provide students with the necessary philosophy and care skills to earn certification as a nursing assistant. The curriculum comprises 90 hours of classroom instruction and a practicum. Topics in psychosocial care, data collection, vital signs, disease processes, therapeutic procedures and infection control are covered. Ethics, hygiene and nutrition are also discussed. A final examination is given to those who qualify for graduation. This is equivalent to four college credits.

Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College is a 2-year public school with locations in Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House. New Jersey's second community college, it opened in 1964. The school is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

Certified Nurse Aide Training

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) approves this program; training runs parallel to the curriculum set forth by the NJDHSS and prepares students to take the written examination and skills evaluation administered by the agency. Students can expect to spend 90 hours undertaking CNA training, merging 40 hours of clinical experience at long-term care facilities with 50 hours of classroom and lab learning at the Atlantic City campus. Graduates can seek employment at hospitals, as well as adult daycare, long-term care and assisted-living facilities.

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