Certified Medication Aide

WHAT DOES A CMA DO?

Caring for others and their well-being is central to what certified medication aides or CMAs are all about! A CMA typically works in a long-term care facility, administering medication and treatments to patients in a safe and prescribed manner. In this career, strong people skills are important due to the amount of direct patient care. It also is a prerequisite for advanced training, allowing you to climb the health career ladder.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The certified medication aide program introduces the basic concepts of medication administration including drug classifications, drug action and nursing implications for specific drugs. You will gain hands-on experience, working in a clinical setting. You must be a CNA to enroll in this five credit hour program, which is a prerequisite for a practical nursing program. High school juniors and seniors who are at least 17 years old, as well as post-secondary students are eligible for the program. Upon completion, you will be prepared to take the Medication Aide Certification exam from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. However, you must be 18 years of age to take the certification exam as stipulated by state law and must take the exam within a year of starting CMA course work.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

As the health care field grows, so does the demand for CMAs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment of nursing and psychiatric aides to grow by 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations.  According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary for an entry-level medical assistant in 2015 was $12.96 an hour or $26,956 annually. The average wage was $19.97 an hour or $41,546 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $26,956 $12.96
Average $41,546 $19.97

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Medication Aide

SCHEDULE

This course begins every January and August.

Daytime Option:
M&W 8:00a-11:00a*(1 semester pathway)
*Check out the continuing education catalog as classes are subject to change