Unfortunately New Jersey does not reciprocate with the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
You may contact the New Jersey Department of Health Certification Program by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify this information. To help them respond to your inquiry, please include:
- your specific request,
- your name and mailing address, including zip code,
- your daytime phone number including area code,
- your e-mail address,
- the word "NATCEP" in the subject line.
You may take the examination without completing a nurse aide training course and clinical skills evaluation if you qualify as one of the following:
- You are a student, graduate nurse, or foreign licensed nurse who submits evidence of successful completion of a course in the fundamentals of nursing; OR
- You can submit evidence of successfully completing a course in the fundamentals of nursing within the 12 months immediately preceding your application to take the competency examination. This category includes:
- You are certified in another state and listed on that state's nurse aide registry, but do not meet the requirements for equivalency.
- You have training and experience as a nurse aide in a military service.
- You are certified as homemaker-home health aide by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, and successfully completed the Long-Term Care Module of the Core Curriculum for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. The clinical skills evaluation is still required in this case.
- You have successfully completed the Core Curriculum for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel approved by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services and the New Jersey Board of Nursing, and the Long‐Term Care Module of the Core Curriculum for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel approved by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services. The clinical skills evaluation is still required in this case.
Also, please note that New Jersey does not require nurse aides to be certified to work in an acute care hospital, however, if a hospital has a licensed long term care unit or a licensed sub-acute unit, certified nurse aides must staff those units.