CNA Classes in New Jersey (NJ)

If you want to be a CNA in New Jersey, you need to apply for the certification exam and pass.  Before you do that you do need to satisfy some training requirements.  These depend on you and what you have done in the past. The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services sets out what you need.

Before You Start.

You must meet these needs before you can start;

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a High School Diploma or a GED.
  • Pass a  physical exam, including TB testing and drug screening.
  • Have proof of  immunizations including Hepatitis B.

How to Apply.

If you don’t satisfy any of the following, you will need to do a state-approved training course.

  • You have or are studying for a degree in nursing.
  • You are a qualified Personal Care Assistant (PCA).
  • You are a military nurses’ assistant.
  • You have a lapsed CNA certification and have not been in the state’s registry for over 5 years.

If you don’t have any of the above you have to do a 90 hour training course.  This time is split between 40 hours of clinical learning and 50 hours of classroom lectures. After doing the hours, you need to register and pass your exam within two years of the end of your training.  You have three tries to pass the exam.  If you fail three times without passing, then you will need to do the training again.


The price to take the CNA training costs between $800 and $1000. You will also need to pay for test fees and books, including: Oral and Skills Spanish/English Test: $93. Skills and Written Test: $78. Oral Retake Test: $68. Written Retake Test: $53. Skills Retake Test: $25.

Under Federal Law, students who have a job offer or who are working in a Medicaid approved nursing facility must have their training costs covered by their employer.

Certificate Renewal.

Your certificate will expire in 2 years, but can be renewed if you keep your license in good standing AND have a paid CNA job where you worked at least 7 hours in the two years. At the time of renewal, you will need to have your background check updated.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
Gloucester County College, Sewell Sewell (856) 468-5000 Request Information
Healthcare Training Institute Union (908) 851-7711 Request Information
CDM Institute, Wayne Wayne (973) 785-1234 Request Information
CDM Institute, Woodbridge Woodbridge (732) 750-0399 Request Information
Camden County College Blackwood (856) 589-7981 Request Information
Camden County College Camden (856) 968-1296 Request Information
Cumberland County Technical Education Center Bridgeton (856) 451-9000 Request Information
Bergen Community College, Paramus Paramus (201) 612-5473 Request Information
Brookdale Community College Lincroft (732) 224-2308 Request Information
Mercer County Community College West Windsor (609) 570-3241 Request Information
CDM Institute, Marlton Marlton (856) 983-2220 Request Information
Essex County College Newark (973) 877-3220 Request Information
CDM Institute, Vineland Vineland (856) 691-3841 Request Information
Warren County Community College Washington (908) 689-7613 Request Information
Hudson County Community College Jersey City (201) 360-4284 Request Information
Atlantic Cape Community College Atlantic City (609) 343-4851
Karing with Kindness Beachwood (732) 341-4500
Moe Shea Corporation Bordentown (609) 324-9911
PRN Training Center Bridgeton (856) 459-3222
A1 Allied Health Training Institute Camden (856) 203-3526
PharmaCare Clark (732) 574-9434
Partners Pharmacy Cranford (908) 931-9111
Ace Healthcare Training Institute Inc Dover (973) 366-7171
4 Tees Healthcare Training School East Orange (973) 444-6512
Best Care East Orange (973) 673-3900
CareerTek Training Institute East Orange (973) 678-6886
B&M Career Center Elizabeth (908) 355-9315
Branford Institute Elizabeth (908) 352-1004
Claire Caring Institute Elizabeth (908) 994-9199
Workforce Advantage Elizabeth (908) 355-2288
Hunterdon County Polytech Flemington (908) 806-7853
Brookdale Community College Western Monmouth Freehold (732) 224-2011
Eastwick Education HoHoKus School Hackensack (201) 488-9400
C & C Nurse Aide Training School Irvington (973) 373-6667
Param Institute of Education Iselin (732) 404-1415
Workforce Advantage Jersey City (201) 222-0901
LTC Career Training Lakewood (732) 364-9600
CDM Institute Lawrenceville (908) 777-3939
Medical Consultants Instructional Training Center Millville (856) 327-3530
Millville Senior High School Millville (856) 327-6040
LTC Career Training Neptune (732) 988-1700
Academy of Training & Employment Newark (973) 733-2727
Catholic Charities of Newark Newark (973) 268-3172
Divine Medical Services Newark (973) 621-2200
Hopewell Career Institute Newark (973) 643-0100
Impetus Systems & Careers North Brunswick (732) 246-4555
AMG Medical Institute Paterson (973) 278-0500
Anderson Health Institute Paterson (973) 684-5024
Branford Institute Paterson (908) 352-1004
Universal Training Institute Perth Amboy (732) 826-0155
LTC Career Training Riverside (856) 764-3800
Brooks Alternative Technical School Runnemede (856) 939-8300
Camden County Technical School Sicklerville (856) 767-7000
Marie Allied Health & Technical Institute Somerset (732) 565-0898
JKB Education Resources Inc Stewartsville (917) 763-8124
CDM Institute Toms River (908) 777-3939
Certified Nursing Assistant LLC Toms River (732) 261-3290
Ocean County Vocational Technical School Toms River (732) 473-3100
Berkel Training Institute Trenton (609) 392-1855
ASI Career Institute Turnersville (856) 232-4677
Health Promotions Information Union (908) 687-0808
Humane Concepts Healthcare School Union (908) 688-8184
Workforce Advantage Union City (201) 865-1199
Essex County Vocational Schools Verona (973) 395-8555
Passaic County Technical Institute (Adult and Continuing Education) Wayne (973) 389-4100
Passaic County Technical Institute (Health Occupations Education) Wayne (973) 790-6000
Burlington County Institute of Technology Westampton (609) 267-4226
Salem County Vocational Technical School Woodstown (856) 769-0101

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