Medication Aide Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Medication Aide?

  • A Medication Aide can safely administer, or assist in client self-administration, medications in specific settings.

Who can be a Medication Aide?

  • Only those who have successfully completed a 40-hour direct care staff training by the Department of Social Services for Assisted Living Facilities, a Department of Medical Assistance Services approved personal care aide training program or successful completion of a Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Training program.

I’m looking for a job and I see a lot of different names for this position. What names should I be looking for when I’m seeking employment?

  • Certified Medication Aides
  • CMA (Certified Medication Aides) (This often gets confused with Certified Medical Assistants which is completely different.)
  • RMA (Registered Medication Aides)
  • Medication Tech
  • Medication Aide

Where can I find a job once I’ve gotten my Medication Aide license?

  • Medication Aides can find employment at nursing homes, assisted living, home health care, and regional jails. There are great opportunities in this field everywhere!

If I am already a Nurse Aide, what’s the benefit for me to take this training?

  • By earning your Medication Aide License, it will make you more marketable for employment. It will also give you additional opportunities to learn additional skills that will give you more responsibility. Also, you will generally make more money for taking on this additional responsibility and earning another credential.

Why isn’t the BLS CPR class included as a part of this class?

  • Many students will already be working in the industry or will have obtained their CPR card in a previous course, so we didn’t want to require this extra expense for everyone.

If I’ve had a physical and TB test within the past year, do I have to have it done again?

  • As long as the doctor who completed this is willing to completely fill out the physical form, you don’t have to have another one.

I had a background check done recently. Do I have to do it again?

  • Unless this was done through Laurel Ridge for the Nurse Aide program within the past year, you will need to get it done again through our background check provider. We have to share this information directly with the clinical sites and they require that this is completed.
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