Medication Aide Training Program
Who is a Certified Medication Aide?
A Certified Medication Aide is a CNA who has had additional training and is authorized to administer non-injectable medications. CMAs prepare and administer routine medications to patients; stock and maintain a sufficient drug inventory to ensure adequate supplies; and document the administration and effectiveness of medications, taking note of any adverse side effects. In Oregon, Certified Medication Aides must complete an OSBN-approved medication aide training program, pass a competency examination approved by the OSBN, and receive CMA certification before administering medications.
MA Training Program Prerequisites
- MA students must be at least 18 years of age.
- MA students must be able to read, write and communicate in English.
- MA students must be listed on the OSBN registry as a CNA in good standing prior to enrolling in the MA training program.
- MA students must provide their NA-1 training program Certificate of Completion.
- MA Students must provide documentation of at least six (6) months full-time on-the-job experience (960 hours), or the equivalent in part-time hours, in a paid position as a Nursing Assistant under the supervision of a nurse since the completion of their NA-1 training program.
MA Training Program Curriculum
Our Medication Aide program provides students with the training necessary to safely, legally, and accurately administer medications, as well as carry out related duties and responsibilities in healthcare settings. Instructional topics include medication names, actions, interactions, and side effects; safe medication management and administration; legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations; and documentation and communication with the healthcare team.
The program consists of a total of 84 hours, which includes 60 hours in the class/lab setting and 24 hours in the clinical setting. In the clinical portion of the program, the MA student is supervised one-on-one by an approved nurse preceptor. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be issued a Certificate of Completion and be eligible to apply for certification by competency examination with the OSBN.
Cost of Training
|MA Tuition (Includes Class, Labs & Clinical)|
|MA School Workbook|
|Criminal Background Check|
|Substance Abuse (Drug Screening)|
Student Responsibility – Additional Expenses (Varies)
- MA Textbook (available for purchase at the school for $125)
- Drug Book-Current Year (available for purchase at the school for $60)
- AHA BLS CPR Certification (available for purchase at the school for $52)
- TB Screening (TB Skin PPD tests available for purchase at the school for $25 each)
- Scrubs (any color/pattern), shoes (closed toe non-skid soles or athletic shoes), a wristwatch, with a second hand (not digital)
- Note-taking Supplies (folder, notebook, pens, pencils, highlighters)
- Required Immunization(s): Influenza (during the flu season)
*OSBN Certification Fees
|OSBN CMA Examination Fee|
|Fingerprint Collection Fee|
* This fee is paid by the student to the OSBN after completion of the program for testing.
**This fee is paid by the student after submitting the testing application and fee to the OSBN and receiving an emailed link from the OSBN.
- At least two (2) business days prior to the first day of class, MA students must complete an Information Session, submit their all their enrollment paperwork, provide their NA-1 training program Certificate of Completion, and provide documentation of at least six (6) months full-time on-the-job experience (960 hours), or the equivalent in part-time hours, in a paid position as a Nursing Assistant under the supervision of a nurse since the completion of their NA-1 training program.
- MA students must pay their tuition in full (unless they set up a tuition payment plan) at least two (2) business days prior to the first day of class. A payment plan must be set up at least two (2) business days prior to the first day of class.
- MA students must pay their Criminal Background Check fee in full prior to the first day of class.
- MA students must obtain and provide documentation of current AHA BLS CPR training, TB screening, drug screening, and any required immunization documentation by the end of the day of their scheduled midterm exam.