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 be able to pass a state and national criminal background check and a 10-panel drug screening.
  • MA students must certify they are free from contagious disease, physically and mentally fit, and be able to successfully participate in skills labs and clinicals.
  • MA students must complete an Online Information Session at least five (5) business days prior to registering into MA program and submit a digital signature acknowledging they have viewed an CTI’s Online Information Session and have received, understand, and agree to the information covered in the presentation.
  • At least five (5) business days prior to the first day of class, MA students must provide:
    • a copy of their NA-1 training program Certificate of Completion. OSBN regulations require documentation certifying that the student has graduated from an approved NA-1 training program at least six (6) months prior to registration into a MA training program.
    • a letter from their current or former employer documenting the student has at least six (6) months on-the-job experience, 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. *Note: If a student doesn’t have a copy of their NA-1 Training Certificate of Completion, they can submit a public records request at https://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/records-request.aspx, to obtain a copy of their training certificate. This can take up to ten (10) business days.
  • At least five (5) business days prior to the first day of class MA students must present a current government-issued, signature-bearing, photo ID

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 89 hours, which includes 65 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

DescriptionPrice
MA Program Tuition (Includes Class, Labs & Clinical; Criminal Background Check, Course Pack; Lab Supplies)$1,500
School MA Workbook (purchase required at school)$25
"140 Must Know Meds"$10
Substance Abuse (Drug Screening)$55

Total

$1,590

Student Responsibility - Additional Expenses (Varies)

  • MA Program Textbook (available for purchase at the school for $115)
  • CURRENT MA Drug Book (available for purchase at the school for $60)
  • AHA BLS CPR Certification (available for purchase at the school for $65)
  • TB Skin Test (PPD)
  • Required Immunization Documentation: Influenza (during the flu season)
  • Scrub Uniform(any color/pattern) shoes (closed toe non-skid sole or athletic shoes) for program labs and clinical
  • A wristwatch, with a second hand (not digital)
  • Note-taking Supplies (paper, post-it flags, notebook / 3-ring binder, pens / pencils, highlighters)

*OSBN Certification Fees

DescriptionPrice
*OSBN-CMA Testing Fee$73.00*
**FIELDPRINT Fingerprint Collection Fee$64.50**

Total

$137.50

* 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.

Program Deadlines

  • At least five (5) business days prior to the first day of class, MA students must complete an Online Information Session, select a class / clinical schedule, submit their completed, signed and dated registration packet, any required program pre-registration eligibility documentation, a copy of their current government issued photo ID, and pay their program tuition in full (unless they set up a tuition payment plan). (MA students sponsored by facilities and agencies are not eligible for a tuition payment plans.)
  • At least five (5) business days prior to the first day of class, MA students must provide:
    • a copy of their NA-1 training program Certificate of Completion;
    • a letter from their current or former employer documenting the student has at least six (6) months on-the-job experience, 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.
  • At least two (2) business days prior to the first day of class, MA students must complete their substance abuse screening and obtain and provide documentation of current TB screening and any required immunization documentation.
  • MA students must obtain and provide documentation of current AHA BLS CPR training at least two (2) business days prior to the first day of class.
  • Students who have scheduled and purchased AHA BLS CPR training through the school must be completed prior to the beginning of the student’s clinical rotation.
  • MA students are required to have their required textbooks, workbooks, and supplies by the first day of class.
  • MA students are required to have their required scrub uniform and a watch with a second hand by the first day of labs.