Certified Medication Aide

Play a vital role in protecting the health of seniors.

It's a fact of life and health. The more we age, the more medications we tend to take. That's why, as senior communities spread across the nation, they are being staffed with Certified Medication Aides (CMA) who can safely administer each resident's prescription drug regimen.

Butler's program will prepare you to take the Kansas Nursing Home Medication Aide certification test. Coursework exposes you to correct procedures for administering oral and topical medications, the action of different classes of drugs, and how to identify and report side effects or adverse reactions. In addition to working in small classes with experienced professionals, you'll also get supervised, hands-on experience in long term care clinical settings.

Prerequisites for Certified Medication Aide (AH 120, 5 credit hours)

  • Must be a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in Kansas or have just completed AH 122, Certified Nurse Aide for Kansas Nursing Homes, with a C or better.
  • Must take the ASSET exam.
  • Bring the following on the first day of class: copy of Certified Nurse Aide number, Negative tuberculosis skin test, Completed Physician's Statement of Good Health
  • CMA students may wear a white uniform or scrubs of any color. Shoes should be white leather or vinyl with little or no color on them. Canvas shoes, Crocs, opened toed shoes and high heels are unacceptable.
  • No facial piercings, visible tattoos, long or false fingernails or dangling earrings.
  • Students must pay a fee for the state exam. This is included in tuition.