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


  1. Hello Claudette
    You can take our online Medication Aide on our website phlbeotomycareertraining.com for $199. With this online course you will be certified anywhere in the United States.
    If you have any further questions feel free to call our office (734) 762 3220
    Thank you

  2. I took the class online love it they really help you out.They even offer to help find you a job if you are takeing their classes .

  3. I am interested in taking the medication aide certification course but cannot find any info on your website, could you please email me the information.
    Thank you
    Noreen Hughes

  4. Hello Norren;

    Check under the tab, “shop” there should be an explanation of the course there.

  5. Hi Eric:

    You can become a certified Medication aide through our school, though the certification is not nation wide, the curriculum is the same across the U.S. I would first check with the company you are planning to hire in with, if they accept our certification.

    thanks for writing in,

  6. Hello Melissa:

    The medication aide course that is offered online through our school, is a licensed approved program for Michigan only. Each state has different requirements for licensing and certification. Typically, this course contains standardized curriculum that is acceptable in most states. My best advice, is to contact the department which handles state certification for medication aide and ask about the requirements.

    thanks for taking the time to visit our site and write in,

  7. Hello my name is Takalifu McMullen Im interested in the Med tech course. So how do i get certified in North Carolina? I would like to take my courses online due to my busy schedule. Please notify me as soon as possible. Thanks!

  8. Hello Takalifu:

    Our course is strictly online, the course curriculum meets the national standards. You should probably check the qualifications with your state.

  9. I am interested in your medication aide class. How do I start this class and how much it cost.
    Thank you.

  10. Hello Marie
    We offer this course online you can register online at any time the course cost is $300 you have 6 months to complete the course from the time of registration
    for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You

  11. I need to know if I can take medication aide online
    and how to register and how much it could be paid

  12. Hello Marceline
    You can enroll at any time online you can go to Phlebotomycareertraining.com once you find the course you are interested in you add to shopping cart and proceed to check out
    if you have any further questions please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5pm

    Thank You

  13. Hello Helen
    We offer the medication aide course online for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5pm

    Thank You

  14. I am interested in the medication aide course. Is the certificate recognized in all states?

  15. I have my cna certification. Looking for cma classes. I live near the san antonio texas area. Help !

  16. Hello Susanna
    The website is phlebotomycareertraining.com The medication aide course tuition cost is $300
    For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You

  17. Hello Dakota
    We would be more than happy to help you we offer online course’s if you would like more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You

  18. Hello Florence
    The medication aide course tuition cost is $300 you have up to 6 months to complete the course total hours to be completed is 148 hours 40 hours of them clinical’s
    For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You

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