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 on-the-job experience, which must total a minimum of 832 hours, in a paid position as a Nursing Assistant under the supervision of a nurse since the completion of their NA-1 training program.
- Must have a copy of your Certificate of Completion from a NA-1 training program. OSBN regulations require documentation certifying that the student has graduated from an approved NA-1 training program at least six (6) months prior to enrollment in the MA training program. This is not to be confused with your license on the OSBN’s registry. You can use the public records request at OSBN for copies of training certificates of completion. The instructions for submitting a public records request are found at https://www.oregon.gov/
OSBN/Pages/online_records.aspx . This can take up to ten (10) business days, so make sure you do this in plenty of time before the class starts.*
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.
*Note: If you don’t have a copy of your NA-1 Training Certificate of Completion, you can submit a public records request at the following OSBN link, https://www.oregon.gov/OSBN
Cost of Training
(Pricing effective for classes starting May 1, 2018)
|MA Program Tuition (Includes Class, Labs & Clinical)|
|School MA Workbook (purchase required at school)|
|Criminal Background Check|
|Substance Abuse (Drug Screening)|
Student Responsibility – Additional Expenses (Varies)
- MA Program Textbook (available for purchase at the school for $125)
- CURRENT MA Drug Book (available for purchase at the school for $60)
- AHA BLS CPR Certification (available for purchase at the school for $60)
- TB Skin Test (PPD) (tests available for purchase at the school for $30 per placement)
- Scrubs (any color/pattern); Shoes (closed toe non-skid sole or athletic)
- A wristwatch, with a second hand (not digital)
- Note-taking Supplies (notebook, paper, pens, pencils, highlighters)
- Required Immunization: Influenza (during the flu season)
*OSBN Certification Fees
|*OSBN-CMA Testing Fee|
|**FIELDPRINT Fingerprint Collection Fee|
* These fees are 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.
- MA students must complete an Online Information Session, submit their all their completed enrollment paperwork, provide their NA-1 training program Certificate of Completion, and provide documentation of at least six (6) months on-the-job experience, which must total a minimum of 832 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 at least two (2) business days prior to the first day of class.
- MA students must purchase their Student Workbook at least two (2) business days 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.