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Which New Jersey Schools Offer CNA Training Programs?

Find schools in New Jersey offering certified nurse aide (CNA) programs and courses. Learn about admissions requirements and get tuition rates for CNA certificates in New Jersey.

See what four New Jersey schools have to offer regarding their CNA training programs that prepare graduates for state licensure.

What You Need to Know

The most common schools that offer CNA training programs in New Jersey are community colleges and vocational schools. These programs take less than a year to complete and are usually a combination of lectures, labs and hands-on, real life experience at on-site locations. Many of these programs offer classes in the evenings. Read about the degree programs offered at some New Jersey schools to see which fits your needs.

Certified Nurse Aide Education Programs in New Jersey

Brookdale Community College

Brookdale's CNA training program is approved by the state Department of Health and Senior Services as training for employment in a nursing home or long-term care facility and assisted-living facility. You can take either day and evening classes at the Brookdale at Hazlet campus or the Freehold Branch campus. You'll learn about patient rights, the legal and ethical roles of the nurse aide and the physical skills needed for the job. You'll also complete clinical practice at area nursing homes.

  • Program Name: Certified Nurse Aide in Long Term Care (CNA)
  • Program Length: 96 hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,963 per year for in-state; $8,663 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Clean criminal record, physical and immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 11,856 students (all undergraduate)

Camden County College

This program utilizes classroom lectures, practice sessions in simulation labs and real experience in long-term care facilities to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to pass the New Jersey CNA exam. You'll learn to interact with patients, work with them on feeding and nutrition as well as monitor and record their vital signs. You'll study safety and infection control procedures and learn to be part of a health care team. The CNA program is a prerequisite to Camden's practical nursing program.

  • Program Name: Certified Nurse Aide
  • Program Length: 90 hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,440 per year for in-state and out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Must be 18 or older, meet physical requirements, pass criminal background check, submit to fingerprinting, maintain health and liability insurance
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 9,675 (all undergraduate)

Hudson County Community College

With 50 hours of classroom and lab work and 40 hours of clinical practice, Hudson County Community College's CNA certification program will prepare you to take the state examination to work in a long-term care facility. You'll learn about all aspects of the job, including helping patients with grooming and hygiene as well as checking and recording vital signs. Classes are held three days a week in the evenings. Clinical experience is also scheduled in the evening.

  • Program Name: Certified Nurse Aide Certificate
  • Program Length: 90 hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,978 per year for in-state; $14,028 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Physical examination, criminal background check, fingerprinting
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 8,408 (all undergraduate)

Monmouth County Vocational School District

Monmouth's CNA program will help you acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to pass New Jersey's examination for nurse aides in long-term care facilities. Your studies will focus on caring for elderly patients. The program offers 50 hours of lectures and class time, with 40 hours of practice in clinical settings. In addition to the course fee, you'll have to purchase uniforms and textbooks.

  • Program Name: Certified Nurse Aide
  • Program Length: 90 hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,000 per year (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Pass basic skills test, physical examination
  • School Type: Less than 2-year, public; 54 students (all undergraduate)

Camden County College, Hudson County Community College, Brookdale Community College, and Monmouth County Vocational School District provide certified nurse aide training to prospective students in New Jersey, awarding certificates of completion upon graduation.