Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

Additional Information

$25 non-refundable application fee / $300 tuition
Must be at least 17 years old. Requires a High School Diploma or GED Certificate. 

Classes are 16 hours and are available during day only. 

Course Description
As a Medication Aide, you will assist a licensed nurse by assisting and monitoring individuals with medication administration. The course emphasizes the importance of establishing an ethical and caring relationship with clients and is recommended for individuals interested in an entry-level job in healthcare or for CNAs working in skilled nursing facilities who would like to enhance their skill sets.


The Medication Aide Program is designed to prepare Nurse Aides and students for administration of medicines under supervision and guidance stipulated by the Texas Health and Human Services, Long-Term Care Division, Medication Aide Permit Program. Students will learn how to use these skills and procedures via classroom and clinical hands-on training. The students will learn the following topics:

  • Introduction to Medication Aide & Basic Concepts

The students will learn the basic roles and responsibilities of the medication aide in the allied health field.  They will learn the history and reasons of drug use, drug administration, legislation and therapy, pharmacodynamics, competency skills, and use of generic drugs.

  • Basic Principles of Medication Administration

The students will learn comprehensively the basic principles of medication administration.  They will learn about medication supply and storage, medication orders and potential causes of medication errors and roles and responsibilities of medication aides in drug therapy.  They will also learn medication preparation, procedures, and techniques for administering medications and how to maintain medication records.

  • Drug Therapy of Common Disease Processes

Students will learn the value of drugs for therapeutic purposes, and the government regulations to be followed in prescribing, dispensing, and administering drugs.  They will learn about drugs affecting the various body systems (cardiovascular, urinary, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, central nervous system, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and eye, ear and skin).  They will learn how to identify possible reactions to particular drugs, and to recognize possible adverse reactions.

  • Age Related Patient Medication Administration

The students will learn special skills in the administration of medication to patients suffering from age related diseases and disorders as well as younger children.  The students will also learn about administering medication to immuno-compromised patients.

  • Care Planning and Role of Medication Aide

The students will learn the purpose of care planning, the significance of interdisciplinary care plans and the role of the medication aide in relation to patient care planning.

What are the requirements to become a Georgia ALC Medication Aide?

A CNA, on the Georgia Certified Nurse Aide Registry who is ACTIVE with no findings of abuse, neglect or misappropriation, is eligible to take the standardized ALC medication aide training program. The ALC Medication Aide Training Program must be administered by a Georgia licensed registered nurse, pharmacist or physician utilizing the standardized medication aide training curriculum. The CNA must successfully complete the ALC Medication Aide Training Program, which includes the completion of the required skills checklist and take a standardized written state competency examination. The written state competency exam must be passed with a minimum score of 80 percent. The CNA will have up to three times to pass the state standardized written competency examination within 90 days before having to retake the entire ALC Medication Aide Training program again.