Certified Medication Aide Online Course

A medication aide is responsible for making sure that patients get the medications that they need.

Become a medication aide in your state

As the baby boom generation ages, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be tested in their ability to provide care. Many use a limited number of registered nurses to supervise vocational nurses and nurses’ aides, enabling lower-cost staff to provide routine care. In some states, specially-trained nurses’ aides called Certified Medication Aides stretch care further, by administering routine medications to patients.

Certified medication aides are nurses’ aides first, and must have a strong grasp of basic patient care. As the staff members with the most direct patient contact, nurses’ aides are responsible for observing and reporting any change in their patients’ condition. They must clearly understand the legal and ethical limits of their position, which doesn’t permit them to change a patient’s medications, provide injections or start intravenous drips. Medication aides must understand medical and pharmacological terminology, and manage medications for a large number of patients without making dosage errors or providing medications to the wrong patient.

Medication aides work most often in long-term care settings, including correctional facilities, in some states. Candidates for medication aide positions, like others in nursing-related jobs, typically are required to pass criminal background checks.
Primary CMA Duties

The medication aide’s role is providing routine daily medications, either prescription or non-prescription, to patients whose condition and drug regimen are stable. The aide has a list of patients and medications each day, and must administer medications in the indicated dosage at the correct time. The aide must ensure the patient actually swallows the medications, which can be an issue with rebellious patients or those with dementia. A warm and encouraging manner can be useful to win the patient’s willing compliance. If the medication aide observes a change in the patient’s vital signs or behavior, or any other indication of adverse effects from a medication, it must be reported to the charge nurse.
When they’re not actively dispensing medications or preparing medications for the next set of rounds, certified medication aides revert to the duties they share with other certified nurses’ aides. Those consist of basic hands-on nursing care, such as bathing and feeding patients, helping them with toilet visits and basic hygiene, or supervising their participation in exercise or physical therapy. When functioning as a nursing aide, the aide is supervised by practical or registered nurses. Supervision for medication aides must come from the registered nurse acting as charge nurse for that shift.
The method of payment sometimes defines who may or may not do certain tasks, both in facilities and in homecare. For instance, when Medicare or Medicaid is picking up the tab, the rules may be different than if a resident paid for the service privately. Therefore, it is possible that a medication aide in a nursing home could work with some patients in long-term care but not with others.

The training for medication aides includes forty eight hours of clinical instruction online via online course modules.
Good mental and physical health, and understanding of written and spoken English are required for medication aides. Successful communication with the patient or resident in long-term care—as well as with the nursing staff, attending physicians and the patient’s family—is vital. The five rights of the patient are critical, emphasizes the Nurses Service Organization: The right medication, for the right patient, in the right dose, via the right route of delivery, at the right time.

Phlebotomy Career Training now offers the complete medication course online for $300.00 Students across the U.S. are welcome to take this course. Certifications will be mailed out within two weeks after course completion

49 Comments

  1. Hello Brandi;

    You will do 104 of clinicals and 40 hours online. I would first check with the Texas board of nursing to verify that our certification will be accepted.

    Kindly,
    nancy

  2. Hi my name is Liz, I have been a CNA for the past 24 years working in various nursing homes here in Texas. I am now interested in getting certified to administer medication.

    Being a CNA has been very rewarding to me but I would like to finally take it a little farther.

    Do you have online classes that would enable me to earn my medication aide certificate? And what price am I looking at, also do you offer grants for that program as a grant would be very beneficial for me. I live alone and support myself.

    Also if clinicals are required can I perform the required clinical hours at my present place of employment?

    Thank you

  3. Hello Liz
    We do offer the medication aide course online students have up to 6 months to complete the course students need to complete a total of a 144 hours 40 online hours 104 clinical hours yes you would be able to use your current place of employment tuition cost is $300 unfortunately we do not accept grants for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-12 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  4. Hi I am in Texas. Currently a CNA. I don’t see on the calendar when you are doing the Med Aide courses? Also if I do the class online how do I get my clinicals done. I currently work in a long term care facility. Thanks.

  5. Hello Sarah
    Unfortunately with the medication aide program because it is an online course and you live in Texas they do not accept the medication aide courses online they only accept in class courses

    Thank You
    Admin

  6. I live in Kentucky and want to become a medication aide will the course online permit me to work in kentucky

  7. Hello Tamikia
    You would need to contact your state board to see if this course would be accepted in your state students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours of online studies 104 hours of clinical hours
    For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-12 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  8. Hello Shari
    The medication aide course is an online course with this course students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical hours you would need to check with your state to be sure you can use this certification in your state for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-12 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  9. Hello Destiny
    You can register at any time at phlebotomycareertraining.com once you have registered you will receive an email from your online instructor students have up to 6 months to complete the program part of completing this course students would need to complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical hours we can use your prior background as well please for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-12 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  10. I am certified as a phlebotomist and would like to become certified as a medication aide in Nebraska. Would your course suffice? Any way to test out with my prior knowledge?

  11. Hello Ronda
    The medication aide is an online course students have up to 6 months to complete the program however you can finish in less than 6 months with this course you would need to complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical’s for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-12 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  12. Hello, is this online course suitable for Michigan? When would the class begin, or is it completely self paced?

  13. Greetings My name is Tiffany Davis
    I live in Arkansas and would love to become a med aide. will i able to take this course on line

  14. Hello Tiffany
    Yes this is a online course students have up to 6 months to complete this course you can finish in less than 6 months part of completing this course students are required to complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical hours for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-12 pm

    Thank You
    Catherine

  15. Hello Carolyn
    With the medication aide program students have up to 6 months to complete the course however you can finish in less with this course students need to complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinicals for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-12 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  16. Hello Christina
    We offer the medication aide course online for $300 students have up to 6 months to complete the program students are required to complete a total 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours clinical hours
    For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  17. My name is tracie, I live in South Carolina do you offer the on line class for here and if so how do I do my clinical and where, I have been a cna for 20 years.

  18. Hello Tracie
    You would need to contact your state board to be sure this certification can be accepted in your state this is online course tuition cost is $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this course however you can finish in less students would need to complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical hours this can be done at a facility in your area for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  19. I am a certified Phlebotomist (ASCP) and a Certified CNA from Community College of Northern Virginia. I would like to enroll in a class for a Med Tech Aide here in Virginia.
    Could you please advise if any schools for same purpose.
    Thanks.

  20. Hello Nusrat
    We do offer the medication aide course online for $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this program however you can finish in less than 6 months students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 online hours 104 clinical hours you would need to contact your state board to be sure this certification is accepted in your state for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  21. Hello Natalie
    You would need to contact your state board
    For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  22. Hi im oliivia i am cna im in michigan is there medication tech aide class I currently work at brookdale and i pass medicines but i want to get state certified even though i took a class through work so i can pass medicine

  23. Hello Olivia
    We do offer an online medication aide course tuition cost is $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this program however you can finish in less than 6 months this is a study at your pace program once enrolled you will have complete access to the course and we will be sending a book out to you students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical’s for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  24. Hello Kolton;

    Thank you for writing in. Yes, this is absolutely something you can do from Texas. We are accredited through the AMCA, NHA, NCCT for clinical medical assistant. With that being said we would send you all the books, give you 24/7 access to all web based tutorials, practice exam, etc. and provide you with the 10 certifications included in the course. Your EMT experience can also be used to waive some of the clinical skills. But we would first have to see the extent of your clinical expertise, ie. transcripts, job duties. The student has 6 months to complete the course, however, it can be completed sooner. Give us a call if you need further assistance at 734-762-3220 (#1)
    Thank you,
    Nancy

  25. Hello, I live in CT and am a CNA but not working in the field at this point. I want to be med certified and see you offer the class, can you tell me more, I know its $300, and hours on line, but how do you do the internship? I would have to work full time in the field right?

  26. Hello Lori
    We do offer the medication aide course online for $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this course however you may finish in less this is a study at your own pace program students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 online hours 104 clinical hours you would need to find a facility in your area that would allow you to complete the required hours you would need to contact your state board to see if this certification is acceptable in your state for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  27. Hello Tiffany
    We offer the medication aide online for $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this course however you can finish in less students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical’s for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  28. Hello Jenn
    Once you complete the course and requirements you can take the final online you will have access to the final exam for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  29. Hello Sylvie
    We offer the medication aide course online for $300 students have up to 6 months to complete the program you can finish in less part of completing this program the student would need to complete a total of 104 clinical hours you may want to contact your state board to be sure this certification is accepted in your state for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-6 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  30. I live in Kentucky have had phlebotomy am a nurse aide 30 years and had lpn training did not pass two classes what would I have to do to get into medication aide training?

  31. Hello Patricia
    We offer the medication aide course online for $300 once you enroll you will receive an email from your online instructor giving you access to the course you will receive a book in the mail within 3 to 5 business days this is a study at your own pace program students have up to 6 months to complete this course you can finish in less you must complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical’s for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  32. Hi
    I live in Tacoma and would like to take this training. Is the cert acceptable in Washington state?

  33. Hello Knight
    This is an online program you would need to get in contact with your state board to see if this certification is acceptable in your state

    Thank You
    Admin

  34. Hello Davia
    Please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm we would be more than happy to assist you

    Thank You
    Admin

  35. Hello Ruffin
    You would need to contact your state board to find out if this certification would be accepted in your state

    Thank You
    Admin

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