Certified nurse assistants, or CNAs, are front-line healthcare workers who perform a multitude of tasks. They check vital signs, assist with feeding, bathing, and patient mobility, and measure/ monitor a patient's intake and output. They report to licensed nursing staff so clinical decisions and care plans can be updated. Physicians even use the information that CNAs collect to make medical decisions in a patient's care.

Becoming a certified nursing assistant in New Jersey is also very lucrative. There is an expected job growth of 12% until 2026. Additionally, the median wage for CNAs in New Jersey is above the national average- $29,470 compared to $28, 540.

Choosing the Best CNA Programs in New Jersey

Prospective certified nurse assistants must first complete a training and program which usually lasts a few weeks. They must then sit for a certification exam, then register in the state of New Jersey to be able to work as a CNA. For detailed information on admission requirements for CNA programs, please visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page.

In New Jersey, aspiring nurse assistants must complete a total of 90 training hours- 50 hours of classroom work and 40 of hands-on clinical time.

There are a few additional factors that prospective CNA students must consider, as listed below:

  • Program Length: As stated earlier students must complete a total of 90 training hours to sit for the certification exam. Training programs are offered at community colleges, vocational schools, long-term care facilities, and high schools. Depending on the school, training can last several weeks.
  • Program Cost: The cost for a CNA program in New Jersey depends on the school/ program. For example, one community college lists the fee for the program at a little over $3,000. Many of the schools offer financial aid or payment plans which help students reach their career goals.
  • Online/In-Person Options: Some courses may be available online, especially through community colleges. Online learning helps students who may need to continue working or who have family obligations. However, students must realize that a portion of a CNA program requires hands-on learning in the field- so no CNA program can be 100% online.

2020 List of CNA Classes in New Jersey

To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in New Jersey, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:

Atco, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Angels of Mercy Nurisng Skills School
505 White Horse Pike
Atco, NJ 08004
(856) 809-6012

Blackwood, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Camden County College
CNA Programs
200 College Dr
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(856) 227-7200

Bloomfield, NJ

SchoolContact Information
AMG Medical Institute
CNA Programs
554 Bloomfield Ave
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 601-5550

Bridgeton, NJ

SchoolContact Information
PRN Training Center
CNA Programs
60 Lebanon Rd
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(856) 459-3222

Camden, NJ

SchoolContact Information
A1 Allied Health Training Institute
CNA Programs
231 Market St
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 203-3526
Broadway Vocational Technical School
442 Broadway
Camden, NJ 08103
(856) 246-1070

Dover, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Ace Healthcare Training Institute
4649, 8 S Morris St #200
Dover, NJ 07801
(973) 366-7171
Berkeley College
CNA Programs
1 W Blackwell St
Dover, NJ 07801
(973) 366-6700

East Orange, NJ

SchoolContact Information
4tees Healthcare Training School
70 Long St
East Orange, NJ 07017
(862) 252-9586
Best Care College
CNA Programs
68 S Harrison St
East Orange, NJ 07018
(973) 673-3900
Com-Tec Institute
CNA Programs
44 Glenwood Ave
East Orange, NJ 07017
(973) 673-6100
Exodus Training & Employment
134 Evergreen Pl #711B
East Orange, NJ 07018
(973) 312-0067

Edison, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Edison Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
500 Plainfield Ave
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 985-4800
Middlesex County College
CNA Programs
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 08818
(732) 548-6000

Elizabeth, NJ

SchoolContact Information
E&S Academy Elizabeth Campus
CNA Programs
40 Parker Road
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
(908) 866-6662
Workforce Advantage Corporate Office
CNA Programs
66 Elmora Ave.
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
(908) 355-2299
Workforce Advantage Elizabeth Center
CNA Programs
49 Broad St. 2nd Fl.
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 355-2288

Flemington, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Hunterdon County Polytech
CNA Programs
8 Bartles Corner Rd
Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 788-1119

Hackensack, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Bergen Home Care & Nursing
CNA Programs
136 Essex St
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 342-3402

Hamilton Township, NJ

SchoolContact Information
New Life Healthcare Academy
CNA Programs
3642 Nottingham Way
Hamilton Township, NJ 08690
(609) 807-2900

Iselin, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Param Institute of Education
CNA Programs
200 Middlesex Turnpike #105
Iselin, NJ 08830
(732) 283-5656

Jersey City, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Hudson County Community College
CNA Programs
70 Sip Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 714-7100

Lakewood, NJ

SchoolContact Information
LTC Career Training Ocean County
CNA Programs
700 Route 70
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 364-9600

Lawrenceville, NJ

SchoolContact Information
E&S Academy Lawrenceville Campus
CNA Programs
684 Whitehead Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 227-4488

Lincroft, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, NJ 07738
(732) 224-2345

Linwood, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Karing With Kindness
700 New Rd
Linwood, NJ 08221
(609) 601-2150

Maple Shade Township, NJ

SchoolContact Information
American Training Center
CNA Programs
794 N Forklanding Rd Suite 27
Maple Shade Township, NJ 08052
(856) 417-6882

Matawan, NJ

SchoolContact Information
New Era Healthcare Training
CNA Programs
92 Main St 1st floor
Matawan, NJ 07747
(732) 570-3683

Mays Landing, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Atlantic Cape Community College
CNA Programs
5100 E Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
(609) 625-1111

Medford, NJ

SchoolContact Information
BCIT Medford Campus
CNA Programs
10 Hawkin Rd
Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 654-0200

Millville, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Medical Consultants Instructional Training Center
207 Bogden Blvd I
Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 825-6655

Mt Laurel, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Merit Training Institute
7000 Atrium Way Suite 4
Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
(609) 386-6400

Neptune, NJ

SchoolContact Information
LTC Career Training Monmouth County
CNA Programs
444 Neptune Blvd. Suite 15 - 3rd Floor
Neptune, NJ 07753
(732) 988-1700

Newark, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Divine Training Institute
15 William St
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 621-2200
Essex County Schools Of Technology
CNA Programs
60 Nelson Place 1 North
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 412-2050
Samuel Morris Career Institute Of New Jersey
CNA Programs
701 McCarter Hwy
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 648-8000
Workforce Advantage Newark Center
CNA Programs
972 Broad Street Suite 901
Newark, NJ 07102
(862) 237-7076

Newton, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Sussex County Community College
CNA Programs
1 College Hill Rd
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 300-2223

North Brunswick Township, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Impetus Systems & Careers
CNA Programs
850 US-1
North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902
(732) 246-4555

Northfield, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Allied Health Training Institute
1750 Zion Rd #106
Northfield, NJ 08225
(609) 241-8486

Paterson, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Anderson Health Institute
CNA Programs
305 Broadway, 2nd floor Angela Ln
Paterson, NJ 07501
(973) 684-5024
ATC Academy
680 Broadway, Suite 007
Paterson, NJ 07514
(973) 742-0906
Branford Institute, Paterson
CNA Programs
302 Main St
Paterson, NJ 07505
(973) 881-9428
Workforce Advantage Paterson Center
CNA Programs
126 Market St.
Paterson, NJ 07102
(973) 977-8255

Pennsauken Township, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Camden County Technical Schools, Pennsauken Campus
CNA Programs
6008 Browning Rd
Pennsauken Township, NJ 08109
(856) 663-1040

Perth Amboy, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Universal Training Institute
CNA Programs
174 Jefferson St
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
(732) 826-0155

Randolph, NJ

SchoolContact Information
County College of Morris
CNA Programs
214 Center Grove Rd
Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 328-5000

Sewell, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Rowan College at Gloucester County
CNA Programs
1400 Tanyard Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 468-5000

Sicklerville, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Camden County Technical School
CNA Programs
343 Berlin - Cross Keys Rd
Sicklerville, NJ 08081
(856) 767-7000

South Plainfield, NJ

SchoolContact Information
E&S Academy South Plainfield Campus
CNA Programs
4081 Hadley Road
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
(908) 603-1333

Toms River, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Ocean County College
1 College Dr
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 255-0400

Trenton, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Berkel Training Institute
CNA Programs
320 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 392-1855
Mercer Med Tech
1418 S Broad St
Trenton, NJ 08610
(609) 712-5499
Thomas Edison State University
CNA Programs
111 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(888) 442-8372

Union, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Healthcare Training Institute
1969 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
(888) 226-6354

Union City, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Urban Workforce Advantage
CNA Programs
3608 Bergenline Ave
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 865-1199
Workforce Advantage Union City Center
CNA Programs
3608 Bergenline Ave. 2nd Fl.
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 865-1199

Vineland, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Academy Of Healthcare Excellence
CNA Programs
616 E Landis Ave B
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 213-6756
Academy Of Healthcare Excellence
CNA Programs
616 E Landis Ave B
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 213-6756
Touchstone Vineland Campus
CNA Programs
313 West Landis Avenue
Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 457-6100

Washington, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Warren County Community College
CNA Programs
475 NJ-57
Washington, NJ 07882
(908) 835-9222

Wayne, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Passaic County Technical Institute
CNA Programs
45 Reinhardt Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 790-6000
William Paterson University
CNA Programs
300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 720-2000

West Windsor Township, NJ

SchoolContact Information
Mercer County Community College
CNA Programs
1200 Old Trenton Rd
West Windsor Township, NJ 08550
(609) 586-4800

Westampton, NJ

SchoolContact Information
BCIT Westampton
CNA Programs
695 Woodlane Rd
Westampton, NJ 08060
(609) 267-4226

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