New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States. This may seem insignificant but if you are entering the medical field then it means there are a lot of people and all those people will need medical attention at some point, which is good. Of course if you don’t want to spend a few years earning a degree to join the medical field then you will probably want to look for some CNA programs in NJ.
Becoming a CNA can take as little as 4 weeks, then take a state certification exam and begin looking for a job as a CNA. In NJ, CNA’s are usually in high demand, especially in long-term care facilities. The work isn’t always pretty but it is satisfying and the pay isn’t too bad. So here is a list I have compiled of some good CNA programs in NJ.
Universal Training Institute
This program is located in Perth Amboy, NJ and they offer a pay as you go program if you don’t have the money upfront. Classes begin every month and are offered Full-time M-F from 8:30am-3pm. Once complete you will be eligible to apply for the State Exam. Because of State law you are required to register for the class prior to the beginning of class.
Atlantic Cape Community College
This is a community college with three locations in Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House. The class runs for a semester and you must be registered at least 2 weeks before the beginning of the course. The class schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30-11:30am. You will receive 50 hours of classroom lecture followed by 40 hours of clinical experience for a total of 90 hours.
This is a private institution with campuses all over NJ, including Jersey City, Lawrenceville, Marlton, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Vineland, Wayne and Woodbridge. Before registering you will have to submit to a background check and fingerprinting, as well as a TB skin test and a physical exam (unless you have had one within the last year.) The program is 90 hours and includes 50 hours in the classroom and 40 hours in a clinical setting doing hands-on training. The classes are M-F and each campus offers slightly different times but most have mornings, afternoon and evening classes.