The average CNA in New Jersey can earn about $31,000. But in some of the larger city areas, they may up to $37,000. This is higher than many of the other states. There is a need for many qualified CNAs and this article will show you some places you can go to train and even some options for no cost training.
In most cases you will need to complete a training program for nursing assistants before you can take the test to become certified. You can find training programs in New Jersey here: http://www.nj.gov/health/healthfacilities/documents/ltc/approved_natcep_programs.pdf. The program must have 40 hours of clinical training and 50 hours of classroom training at a minimum. If a couse program is not seen on the above listed website, you will know it has not been approved in New Jersey and would not make you eligible to become certified.
Free CNA Training Options
Catholic Charities of ARCH Newark
321 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103
The Catholic Charities of ARCH Newark has a nursing assistant training program that can be obtained for free if you are eligible. The programs through this charity, are intended to help individuals and families who have a low income. They have job training opportunities including the CNA training program. These programs can help individuals who have a low income and who are struggling to find employment. They also help men and women who wish to find a better job or a starting career, but who would otherwise be unable to afford the necessary training or education.
This CNA training program includes an internship where you can gain valuable experience and make some initial contacts. Job placement help is also available to make certain you have the opportunity to put your new skills and training to good use. IF you think you might qualify for help, you should get in touch with this division of the Catholic Charities. Their website is found at: http://www.ccannj.com/cert_nursing.php.
Programs are provided in partnership with the workforce development act. You might also need to visit a local workforce agency to complete the application process for the assistance you seek to become a nursing assistant.
Essex County College
303 University Ave-Newark, NJ 07102
There is an allied healthcare grant that students can apply for if they are taking the CNA course. It is also available for similar courses: the Clinical Medical Assistant Course and the Patient Care Technician course. The program is to help cover the cost of career training in these study areas for students who wishes to start their healthcare career or students in need of a new career for better employment and earning opportunities.
This grant is also intended to help get more students interested in these careers to meet the increasing demand for these well qualified and well trained professionals.
The grant is funded by a partnership from the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. This special fund is called the Trade Adjustment and Assistant Community College and Career Training Grant. The latest grants funds will be available through 2018 (September).
Students who are interested in this grant, should contact the financial aid office of the college for more details on how to apply. Other grants and scholarships are also available by completing financial aid applications and the federal application for student financial assistance.
Colleges and Universities (Paid Classes)
Camden County College
200 N. Broadway-Camden, NJ 08102-1185
Students will learn the skills they need to have success as a certified nursing assistant when taking the Nursing Aide Class at Camden College. The course teaches students about infection control, patient rights, privacy and ethics. Students will also learn how to take and record vital signs and how to monitor patients for signs of concern that must be reported to the nurses or other healthcare providers.
The nursing aide course will prepare men and women to work directly with patients providing a range of care services. The future aides will learn skills to communicate well with patients and other staff members.
Camden County College’s CNA class is worth 4 credits. It takes 90 hours to complete and is held over the duration of one semester. Instruction and clinical experience are both provided during the course of the program. Students will find that the CNA course is offered not only at the Camden Campus location but also at the blackwood location.
Samuel Morris Career Institute of New Jersey
701 McCarter Hwy-Newark, NJ 07102
Among the programs offered at the career institute if a certified nursing assistant course. This course has two sections. The first section is in the classroom setting and covers 50 hours. The second session is held in clinical settings and will cover 40 hours of study. After completing both parts of the CNA training course, an individual can apply to sit for the state’s certification exam.
Many different topics will be covered during the course in addition to learning the most common nursing assistant skills that are used on a regular and usually daily basis. Students will also learn how to help meet the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the patients.
This program requires 100% attendance. To apply you must be a high school graduate. Before you can sit for the competency test,you will need to have a background check done and may need to meet some other requirements.
Atlantic Cape Community College
1535 Bacharach Boulevard-Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
There is a 90 hour certified nursing aide course offered at Atlantic Community College. The course will include 50 hours of classroom theory time. Another 40 hours will then be spent in the clinical setting. This is where a student is able to develop their nursing assistant skills while working with patients. Graduates of the class can sit for the nursing assistant certification exam.
The CNA training course is currently being offered at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus. The clinical segment is offered at nursing care centers that are in the general area of the campus. It usually takes about six weeks to complete the course with a Monday through Friday class schedule.
Applicants to the course will need to have fingerprinting and background checks completed. They will also need a two part TB test and proof of other applicable immunizations. This must all be done prior to the first classroom session.
The exam process in New Jersey differs from some other states. In New Jersey you must take and pass the skills test before you can move on to the written test. The skills test will have you demonstrate 4 nursing aide skills. You will also need to prove that you can use proper hand washing methods. Once you pass this part of the test, you can call 1-800-733-9267 in order to schedule the other part. This part will test you on your CNA knowledge and can be scheduled to be taken in either written or in oral form.
You will need to pass a background check and have fingerprinting before you can become a certified nursing assistant. If you are a nursing student, have worked a home health aide or have military experience in healthcare, you might be able to sit for the certification exam without needing to finish a CNA training course. If you are not taking the test by completion of a nursing assistant program, you will need permission from the Department of Health to sit for the exam. You can go here to get the needed application: (http://www.nj.gov/health/healthfacilities/certification-licensing/nurse-aide-pc-assistant/apply/index.shtml.
Out of State Certification
If you are a nursing assistant in a state other than New Jersey, you can apply for your certification to be transferred to New Jersey. You will need to show that the training and testing in your state was similar to that of New Jersey. If it is deemed not to be equal, you will need to schedule the competency test in New Jersey. You can start the process to appy for CNA transfer here: http://www.nj.gov/health/healthfacilities/certification-licensing/nurse-aide-pc-assistant/apply/index.shtml.
Places to Work in NJ
Alaris Health at Cedar Grove
110 Grove Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
Alaris Health at Riverton
1777 Lawrence Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Care One at Ridgewood Avenue
W-90 Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652
Elizabeth Nursing and Rehabilitation
1048 Grove Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
111-115 Gates Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Jewish Home at Rockleigh
10 Link Drive, Rockleigh, NJ 07647
Merry Heart Nursing Home
200 Rt 10 West, Succasunna, NJ 07876
Oaks at Denville
21 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ 07834
Regent Care Center
50 Polifly Road, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Rolling Hills Care Center
16 Cratetown Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833