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Certified Nurse Aide

Certified Nurse Aide

Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) give care to residents of long-term care facilities by performing basic nursing functions. As a nurse aide, most of your responsibilities will relate to meeting the basic physical needs of patients and residents, including hygiene, safety, comfort, nutrition, exercise and elimination. In addition to taking care of physical needs, you will play an important role in meeting the resident’s emotional needs. You will also serve as “observer and communicator” reporting changes in the residents’ physical or mental status to the nurse.

The 5-6 week Certified Nurse Aide program is held off-campus at a long-term care facility and is approved by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Upon completion of the program and criminal background investigation/fingerprinting, students are eligible to complete the NJDHSS Skills Evaluation and Written Competency Exam to be certified in NJ.

This program does not qualify for assistance through the financial aid office, but individuals may qualify for grants or scholarships through other sources. To learn more about the options available to you, please contact the Intake Coordinator at (973) 300-2149.

Career Options

Students completing their certification can find employment in entry-level positions as CNAs in long-term care facilities and hospitals. Like most medical professions, the demand for Certified Nurse Aides is growing at a faster than average rate.