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

31 Comments

  1. I live in oregon and have been working as a medication aide for the past 3-4 years and would like to get certified. I am also a medical assistant, but no CNA. I really don’t see the point of going through CNA in order to get CMA when I have been doing the job. It is a waste of time and money. Is there any way around this? Like maybe an equivalent test?
    Please help.

  2. I live in Oregon. I want to know if Oregon would accept this Certificate? Also I’m a travel CNA and need to know how I would complete my clinical hours?

  3. Hello Crystal
    You would need to contact your state board to see if this certification would be accepted in your state

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    Admin

  4. Hello Kristin
    Seeing how you are a medical assistant you would not need to take a c.n.a course to obtain your medication aide certification however you would need to contact your state to see if this certification would be accepted in your state

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    Admin

  5. Hello Tristan
    Yes we do offer online medication aide course for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-1 pm we would be more than happy to assist you

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    Admin

  6. Hello Tina
    You would need to contact your state board to see if this certification is accepted in your state

    Thank You
    Admin

  7. Hello Andrea
    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 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

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    Admin

  8. I graduated from a patient care technician program they also trained me in CNA I did my 40 hour clinical hours needed to do my certification but never got my card to go test I graduated this year July 2017 how can I still test for my CNA please help

  9. Hello Sonya
    Yes you would be qualified to become a medication aide for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm Saturday 9-1 pm

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    Admin

  10. Hello Sonya
    If you had taken your c.n.a course and received a certification of completion for c.n.a all you would need to do is take the state exam students have up to 2 years from the time you received your certification however if you did not receive a c.n.a certification you would need to take a c.n.a course in order to take the c.n.a state exam you must have completed a c.n.a course and received a certification for more information please contact our office

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  11. I am deeply interested in online medication aide certification. Please email me, If you call, please leave me a voice mail and I will return your phone call! I do not answer phone numbers I do not recognize.

  12. Hello Misty
    We offer the medication aide course online for $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this course however you can finish in less than 6 months students are required to complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical’s we do recommend that students who do not reside in Michigan to contact their state to be sure this certification will be accepted in your state for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

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    Admin

  13. Hello Ann
    You would need to contact your state board to see if the medication aide would be accepted in your state
    For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You
    Catherine

  14. Hello Aileen
    We do offer the medication online tuition is $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this course you can finish in less students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical hours you would need to contact your state board to see if this certification is accepted in your state for more information please contact our office 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  15. Hello Kenneth
    We do offer the medication aide course online for $300 students have up to 6 months to complete this course you can finish in less this is a study at your own pace program students must complete a total of 144 hours 40 hours online 104 hours of clinical you would need to contact your state board to see if this certification accepted in your state. For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

  16. Hello Tausha
    You would need to contact your state board to see if this certification would be accepted in your state for more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

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  18. Hello Kita
    You would need to contact your state board to see if this certification would be accepted in your state
    For more information please contact our office at 734-762-3220 Mon-Fri 9-5 pm

    Thank You
    Admin

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