CNA Requirements and State Approved CNA Programs in New Jersey

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Due to OBRA-87 regulations (Omnibus Reconciliation Act), New Jersey is one of the many states that established a Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) curriculum for all nurse aides. Aspiring nurse aides within the state must complete formal long-term care training followed by the Competency Evaluation Program (CEP) to obtain state certification. They must take those steps prior to taking up employment as entry-level nurse aides at assisted-living and long-term care facilities.

More than just meeting state requirements, nurse aide training and the competency evaluation program give individuals the basic knowledge and skills required to execute their duties on the job. Nurse aides and personal care assistants must ensure that a program meets the New Jersey Department of Health’s (NJDOH) requirements before enrolling.

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Certification Requirements

The Department of Health and Senior Services serves as the governing body for the Nurse Aide Registry in New Jersey. Employers at long-term care and assisted-living facilities must visit the Department of Health’s registry in order to confirm a candidate’s status before extending an offer of employment. The registry maintains current data on CNAs status as well as their background verification, address, certification, health check and employment history. Current CNAs can use the information listed below to contact the registry for renewals and duplicate licenses. Out-of-state CNAs must contact the registry to initiate a request to transfer their licenses.

Prerequisites to Training

Nurse Aide Training Providers use different criteria for admitting candidates into their nurse aide training programs. Candidates must be at least 18 years, possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Providers may administer an entry evaluation in order to determine a candidate’s mental and physical ability to meet the program’s requirements.

Note: Nursing students, graduate nurses and foreign nurses can skip formal training once they provide evidence of successful completion in nursing fundamentals. These candidates can proceed to the written and skills exams. Out-of-state nurses who do not meet the requirements for equivalency can also skip training and apply for the state competency exam. Individuals who earn training as a nurse aide in the military or as home-health aides may also apply for exemption from formal training.

Other prerequisites include:

  • Criminal background check (fingerprint method)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Physical exam
  • Proof of immunization
  • Negative TB test
  • High school diploma (recommended)
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR card.

New Jersey’ Certified Nurse Aide Training Requirements

NATCEP training programs cover at least 90 hours of training including 50 hours in the classroom and 40 clinical hours at a licensed long-term care facility within the state. Nurse aides working at acute care hospitals do not need certification. However, only licensed CNAs can work in the hospital’s long-term care unit – if there’s one available at the hospital. Candidates can contact the Board of Nursing at (973) 504-6430 to find out more about specific requirements.

Training programs last for 4 to 8 weeks and may have flexible hours to accommodate students’ schedules. Areas of study include food and nutrition, patient transfers, recording keeping, observation and charting, medical terminology, physiology and anatomy, personal care, communication, residents’ rights and ethics. Course graduates are eligible to take the state’s nurse aide competency exam, within 24 months, in order to receive certification. A list of approved training programs is provided below.

Cost of Training

Nurse aide training providers charge $800 to $1,600 for the 90-hour training. Free or low-cost training may be available at Educational Opportunity Centers and other locations across the state. Some employers provide free training for prospective candidates, and in some cases, you may qualify for reimbursement of your training costs. Apart from the cost of tuition, you should allocate funds for textbooks, uniform, supplies, and the state testing fee.

Nurse Aide Testing

The New Jersey NNAAP, administered by Pearson Vue, serves as the next step towards earning nurse aide certification. The evaluation consists of two parts: the Skills test and the Written (or Oral) test. Candidates must take the Skills Evaluation first. After successfully passing the skills test, you can proceed to the Written (or Oral) test. In order to obtain a listing on the state registry, you must pass both the Written and Skills component of the NNAAP.

For the Skills evaluation, you’ll have to perform five (5) nurse aide skills selected at random. The evaluator will rate and assign a score based on your performance. You must pass the five assigned skills in order to proceed to the Written Evaluation.

Both the Written and Oral components are administered electronically on a computer. You should give advanced notice if you prefer the Oral option. The Written exam comprises of 70 multiple choice questions, which you must complete within two hours. Administrators will review your scores and provide your official scores before you leave the testing site.

Certification Costs

First-time Testing Fees:

  • Skills Evaluation and Written Exam – $76
  • Skills Evaluation and Oral Exam (English) – $86
  • Skills Evaluation and Oral Exam (Spanish) – $86

Retest Fees:

  • Written retest only – $56
  • Skills retest only – $20
  • English Oral Exam only – $66
  • Spanish Oral Exam only – $66

On exam day, you must walk with the following:

  • Two forms of identification – one with your photo
  • Your confirmation number
  • Your passing Skills evaluation report
  • Three No. 2 pencils and eraser
  • Failing score report (if you’re retesting)

Out-of-State CNAs

As an out-of-state CNA, you could apply for Nurse Aide Certification through equivalency or reciprocity if you:

  • Request the out-of-state Registry to forward appropriate documentation to the New Jersey Nurse Aide Registry. The registry should confirm that you’ve successfully completed a training and competency evaluation program that is equivalent to the one offered in NJ.
  • Have no criminal convictions. The out-of-state registry should have no documented reports of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of resident property.

You must also consent to a criminal background check, which includes a criminal background investigation and fingerprinting taken via live scan.

To request an application for Reciprocity, contact PSI toll-free at 1-877-774-4243.

Renewal

New Jersey requires CNAs to renew their licenses and complete fingerprinting every two years. The PSI mails out the renewal application 45 days prior to your license’s expiration.

In order to obtain recertification, you must:

  • Have an existing nurse aide certificate
  • Provide proof of employment of at least seven paid hours of work within the 2-year period
  • Have a certificate in active status – revoked or suspended licenses will result in denied applications for renewal
  • Pass a criminal history check and fingerprinting before your existing certificate expires.

Contact the Registry

Certification Program

PO Box 358

Trenton, NJ 08625-0358

Nationwide Toll-Free Number: 866-561-5914

Fax: 609-633-9087

Email: [email protected]

Registry managed by New Jersey Nurse Aide Registry PSI

3525 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 1000

Hamilton Township, New Jersey 08619

Phone: 1-877-774-4243

State approved CNA programs:

Atlantic County

Atlantic, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Atlantic Cape Community College

1535 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

Phone: (609) 343-4863

Bridgeton, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

PRN Training Center, LLC

60 Lebanon Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Phone: (856) 459-3222

Linwood, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Karing with Kindness

700 New Road, Linwood, NJ 08221

Phone: (609) 601-2150

Northfield, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Allied Health Training Institute

1750 Zion Road, Suite 106, Northfield, NJ 08225

Phone: (609) 241-8486

West Atlantic City, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Prism Career Institute

8025 Black Horse Pike, Suite 250, West Atlantic City, NJ 08232

Phone: (856) 317-0100

Bergen County

Hackensack, NJ Nursing Homes and Hospitals offering CNA programs:

Bergen Home Care and Nursing

136 Essex Street, Hackensack, New Jersey 07666

Phone: (201) 342-3402

Hackensack, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Eastwick College

250 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: (201) 494-5053

Paramus, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Bergen Community College School of Continuing Education

400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 447-7164

Paramus, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Lincoln Technical Institute

240 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: (201) 845-6868

Burlington County

Bordenton, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Moe Shea Corporation Vocational Institute

Three 3rd Street, Suite 202, Bordentown, NJ 08505

Phone: (609) 324-9911

Moorestown, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Lincoln Technical Institute

308 West Route 38, Moorestown, NJ 08057

Phone: (856) 722-9333

Riverside, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

LTC Career Training

13 Lafayette Street, Riverside, NJ 08075

Phone: (856) 764-3800

Westhampton NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Burlington County Institute of Technology

695 Woodlane Road, Westhampton, New Jersey 08060

Phone: (609) 267-4226

Camden County

Blackwood, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Camden County College

207 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012

Phone: (856) 968-1296

Camden, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Allied Health Training Institute

231 Market Street, Camden, New Jersey 08102

Phone: (856) 203-3526

Camden, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Broadway Vocational Technical School

442 South Broadway, Camden, New Jersey 08103

Phone: (856) 365-1707

Camden, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Camden County College NATCEP Program

200 North Broadway, Suite 228, Camden, NJ 08102

Phone: (856) 968-1296

Cherry Hill, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Prism Career Institute

3 Executive Campus, Suite 280, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Phone: (856) 317-0100

Pennsauken, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Camden County Technical School

6008 Browning Road, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

Phone: (856) 663-1040

Pennsauken, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Prep Institute, Inc.

6500 Madison Avenue, Suite 13, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

Phone: (856) 910-7650

Sicklerville, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Camden County Technical School Allied Health Program

343 Berlin Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, NJ 08081

Phone: (856) 767-7000

Voorhees, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Brooks Alternative Technical School

701 Cooper Road, Suite 11, Voorhees, NJ 08043

Phone: (856) 282-3371

Cape May County

Bridgeton, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

PRN Training Center

60 Lebanon Road, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302

Phone: (856) 459-3222

North Cape May, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Cape Training Center

3305 Bayshore Road Suite 3, North Cape May, New Jersey 08204

Phone: (609) 435-5358

Cumberland County

Bridgeton, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Cumberland County Technical Educational Center

601 Bridgeton Avenue, Bridgeton, NJ 08302

Phone: (856) 451-9000

Bridgeton, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

PRN Training Center Nurse Aide Program

60 Lebanon Road, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302

Phone: (856) 459-3222

Millville, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Medical Consultants Instructional Training Center

207 Bogden Boulevard, Millville, NJ 08332

Phone: (856) 457-9551

Vineland, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Touchstone Institute

313 West Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360

Phone: (856) 457-6100

Creative Achievement Academy

1667 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360

Phone: (856) 691-6667

Essex County

East Orange, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

4 Tees Healthcare Training School

70 Long Street, East Orange, NJ 07017

Phone: (973) 444-6512

Best Care Training Institute

68 South Harrison Street, East Orange, New Jersey 07018

Phone: (973) 673-3900

Divine Tec Institute

60 Evergreen Place, Suite 501, East Orange, NJ 07018

Phone: (973) 395-9501

Nurses Vue Careertek Training Institute

134 Evergreen Place, East Orange, NJ 07018

Phone: (973) 678-6886

Penial Community Services

44 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 205, East Orange, NJ 07017

Phone: (973) 678-2400

Irvington, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

C and C Nurse Aide Training School

1068 Clinton Avenue, Suite 201, Irvington, NJ 07111

Phone: (973) 373-6667

Unique Medical Training Center

1230 Springfield Avenue, Irvington, NJ 07111

Phone: (973) 371-0012

Maplewood, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

ALFA Health Care Training Institute

1691 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Phone: (917) 806-6710

Newark, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Academy of Training and Employment

936 Broad Street, Suite 1, Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: (973) 733-2727

Catholic Charities of ARCH of Newark

321 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103

Phone: (973) 596-4100

Divine Medical Services

15 William Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: (973) 621-2200

Newark, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Essex County College

303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: (973) 877-3220

Newark, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Essex County Vocational Technical Schools

91 West Market Street, Newark, NJ 07103

Phone: (973) 412-2294

Samuel Morris Career Institute of New Jersey

701-703 McCarter Highway, Suite 201, Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: (973) 648-8000

Gloucester County

Turnersville, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

ASI Career Institute

5360 Black Horse Pike, Suite 6, Turnersville, New Jersey 08012

Phone: (856) 232-4677

Hudson County

Jersey City, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Hudson County Community College

870 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: (201) 360-4284

Jersey City, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

The Institute for Health Education

600 Pavonia Avenue, Suite 1, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Phone: (201) 217-1113

Metropolitan Learning Institute

910 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Phone: (201) 420-6020

Union City, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Workforce Advantage CNA Training Program

3608 Bergenline Avenue, Union City, NJ 07087

Phone: (201) 865-1199

Hunterdon County

Flemington, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Hunterdon County Polytech

8 Bartels Corner Road, Suite 2, Flemington, NJ 08822

Phone: (908) 788-1119

Mercer County

Lawrenceville, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

CDM Institute

1333 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 300, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08619

Phone: (908) 777-3939

Trenton, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Berkel Training Institute

320 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618

Phone: (609) 392-1855

West Windsor, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Mercer County Community College

1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

Phone: (609) 570-3241

Middlesex County

Iselin, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Param Institute of Education

200 Middlesex Essex Tpk, Suite #105, Iselin, NJ 08830

Phone: (732) 404-1415

North Brunswick, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Impetus Systems and Careers

850 Route 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Phone: (732) 246-4555

Perth Amboy, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Universal Training Institute, Inc

174 Jefferson Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Phone: (732) 826-0155

Woodbridge, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

CDM Institute – Woodbridge

1 Woodbridge Center, Suite 210, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Phone: (732) 750-0399

Monmouth County

Beachwood, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Karing with Kindness Vocational School

245 Atlantic City Boulevard, Beachwood, NJ 08722

Phone: (732) 341-4500

Freehold, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Brookdale Community College – Western Monmouth Campus

Route 9 South, Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: (732) 224-2011

Lincroft, NJ Colleges and Universities offering CNA programs:

Brookdale Community College

765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Phone: (732) 842-1900

Neptune, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

LTC Career Training

444 Neptune Boulevard, Neptune, New Jersey 07753

Phone: (732) 988-1700

Morris County

Dover, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Ace Healthcare Training Institute Inc.

8 South Morris Street, Dover, NJ 07801

Phone: (973) 366-7171

Ocean County

Beachwood, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Karing with Kindness

245 Atlantic City Boulevard, Beachwood, NJ 08722

Phone: (732) 341-4500

Lakewood, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

LTC Career Training

700 Rt. 70, Lakewood, New Jersey 08701

Phone: (732) 364-9600

Toms River, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Ocean County Vocational Technical School

1299 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, New Jersey 08753

Phone: (732) 473-3159

Passaic County

Paterson, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

AMG Medical Institute

175 Market Street, 4th Floor, Paterson, NJ 07505

Phone: (973) 278-0500

Branford Institute

302 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07505

Phone: (908) 352-1004

Wayne, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Passaic County Technical Institute Adult and Continuing Education

45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 389-4100

CDM Institute

40 Galesi Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 785-1234

Wayne, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Passaic County Technical Institute Health Occupations Education

45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Phone: (973) 790-6000

Salem County

Woodstown, NJ Vocational Schools offering CNA programs:

Salem County Vocational Technical School

890 Route 45, Woodstown, NJ 08098

Phone: (856) 769-0101 x 346

Somerset County

Hillsborough, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Bridgeway Institute for Nursing Excellence

393 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Phone: (908) 904-6123

Somerset, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Marie Allied Health and Technical Institute

863 Hamilton Street, Somerset, New Jersey 08873

Phone: (732) 565-0898

Comtec Institute

24 Baier Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873

Phone: (732) 873-9300

Union County

Elizabeth, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

B&M Career Center

214 Commerce Place, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201

Phone: (908) 355-9315

Branford Institute

570 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Phone: (908) 352-1004

Claire Caring Institute

1139 East Jersey Street, Suite 219, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201

Phone: (908) 994-9199

Workforce Advantage

49 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201

Phone: (908) 355-2288

Union, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Ace Healthcare Training Institute

930 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

Phone: (908) 851-2700

Healthcare Training Institute

1969 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083

Phone: (908) 851-7711

Health Promotions Information

979 Lehigh Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083

Phone: (908) 687-0808

Humane Concepts Healthcare School

1767 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

Phone: (908) 688-8184

Warren County 

Stewartsville, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

JKB Education Resources, Inc.

800 Fanning Mill Road, Stewartsville, NJ 08886

Phone: (917) 763-8124

Washington, NJ Freestanding CNA programs:

Warren County Community College

475 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882

Phone: (908) 689-7613


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