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Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

certified medication aide course

CMA courses provide students with basic training in medications and medication administration. The course will prepare students for employment in a long-term care facility while under the supervision of an LPN or RN.

Information covered includes topics within Practice, Communication, Infection Control, Safety, Drug Administration, Drugs and Body Systems, and Administration of Medication.

The course is developed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Kansas Medication Aide Curriculum as the backbone of the course.

Course time includes lectures, skills lab, and clinical components. Successful completion of the course and all required hours will mean that the student is eligible to take the State CMA Certification Test.

An active Kansas CNA certification is required to begin the course.


"Days, times, and locations for the CMA class are listed in the class schedule and may vary each semester.
To register for this certification course, please complete the registration form at least three months prior to the beginning of the upcoming semester, as follows:
  • Spring Semester (classes start in January) - register by October 1
  • Summer Semester  (classes start in June) - register by March 1
  • Fall Semester (classes start in August) - register by June 1
*NOTE:  we must have a minimum enrollment of 6 students and a maximum of 10 students to offer the course.  If we do not meet that threshold, students will be notified and asked if they want to be on a waiting list for the next semester."

Course Info

The Certified Medication Aide training is a 4 credit-hour course.

High School Student Tuition Waiver

Current high school juniors and seniors are eligible to receive a tuition waiver through the Career and Technical Education legislation, Excel in CTE. Please indicate whether you are a current high school student on the registration form to be eligible for the tuition waiver.


1. Must be at least 18 years of age, with at least an eighth-grade reading level, to challenge the Kansas Medication Aide Test.

2. An active Kansas CNA certification.

Note: Some criminal convictions may disqualify a person from employment in the field.


For further enrollment information click here to e-mail Northwest Tech Admissions or call 785.890.3641.

Current students may add the course by completing an add/drop form at either the admissions or academic affairs office.


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