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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

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