Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

As a Certified Medication Aide, you’ll learn the roles, responsibilities and skills needed to safely administer medications to patients.

Medication Aides work closely and under the direction of a licensed healthcare professional. There are many job opportunities for certified Medical Assistants or Med Aides who are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including: assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, home healthcare, and medical offices.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate performance of specific care procedures related to the appropriate administration of medications to patients.
  2. Examine legal regulations and organization which control the dispensing, prescribing and administration of medications.
  3. Identify basic structure and function of the human body as a multicellular organism with interrelating and interdependent systems.
  4. Utilize the application of scientific principles related to proper procedures for medication administration.
  5. List scientific principles of asepsis used to determine standard precautions as specified in current health care systems.
  6. Recognize use, dosage, precautions, and common side effects of selected drugs administered by the medication aide.
  7. Demonstrate safe and correct administration and documentation of Oxygen and other drugs by non-parenteral routes.


Certificates of completion are issued at the end of the class if all financial obligations have been met. Grades are part of the student’s permanent record.   The student is responsible for reviewing their grade for accuracy.  A permanent grade change may be changed only in the event of an instructor or institutional error.   

Students will receive a certificate of completion after completing the 40-hour CMA course as well as the Medication Aide Registration form documenting course completion and competency.  To pass the CMA course, each student must be signed off as competent (Pass/No Pass) in three components:

  • The physical act of giving or applying a medication.
  • The recording of the physical act.
  • The observing and monitoring for, and taking appropriate action regarding, desired effects, side effects, interactions, and contraindications associated with the medication.

Tuition: $385 for tuition and textbooks.

Duration: 40 hours