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Medication Aide program

  • Expert instructors with decades of industry experience
  • Flexible schedules
  • Prepares you for the Kansas CMA exam
  • You may qualify for financial assistance

Course duration: 4, 5, or 6 weeks

Available schedules: Hybrid (4 weeks), Weekday Evening (6 weeks), and Weekend (5 weeks).

Enrollment is ongoing for all 2024 Medication Aide schedules. Please scroll down for course details and to register.

Medication Aide program info

Program Description

The Medication Aide program at Mid-America College of Health Sciences is 75-clock-hours and designed to enrich students with the knowledge and skills to be successful as medication aides upon completing the program and passing the state examination.

The role of a Medication Aide is to ensure that clients in nursing communities receive their prescribed medication therapy as outlined by the prescribing physician and nursing community protocols. The Medication Aide administers medications under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and works with other care team members like the Nurse Aide.

There are three flexible schedules to choose from: a Hybrid schedule (4 weeks), a Weekend schedule (5 weeks), and a Weekday Evening schedule (6 weeks). A complete breakdown of each schedule can be seen below.

Students taking the hybrid schedule of classes are required to have a working computer, basic knowledge of Microsoft office suite, and a reliable Internet service.

Program Topics

The program content includes but is not limited to:

  • Medication Administration Methods
  • Medication Compliance
  • Infection Control
  • Drug References
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology of body systems
  • Common Diseases and Medication-Related Treatments

CNA & CPR/BLS certifications are required

An active CNA and a current CPR/BLS certification for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association (AHA) is required. If you are not a CNA or CPR/BLS certified, you can take our Nurse Aide program or CPR/BLS course to satisfy these requirements.

CPR/BLS Certifications must be from American Heart Association (AHA). Certifications from other providers will not be accepted.

Prerequisite Exams & Courses

  • Current Kansas CNA License
  • Current CPR/BLS Certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Reading Assessment

Orientation:

Hybrid Nurse Aide applicants are required to attend a mandatory orientation on campus Wednesday before the course start date from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Orientation for Hybrid students will cover a variety of information such as the course expectations, requirements, etc. A copy of the course schedule that outlines the in-person clinical and lab dates/times is provided to students on the first day of class.

Orientation for students taking in-person course schedules will be held on the first day of class. 

General Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants must submit or meet each of the requirements listed below, and copies of required documents must be submitted to the admissions office before the first day of class.

If you cannot obtain each requirement prior to the start date of your selected program or course, you will need to postpone your enrollment and resubmit a registration for a later start date.

Enrollments are conditional until all fees, paperwork, and admission requirements are completed.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Valid State ID
  • Valid SSN Card
  • CPR/BLS Certification from the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Negative Tuberculosis (TB) Test Result*
  • Current Kansas CNA License
  • Reading Assessment
  • Plain Black Scrub Set and White Long-Sleeve Undershirt

*The Negative Tuberculosis (TB) test results can be a skin test, blood work, or chest X-Ray.

Clinicals

Clinicals are an integral part of the Medication Aide course. Clinical days and times are within the course dates but times may vary to align with a nursing community’s shift schedule.

Faculty will provide students with up-to-date information about the clinicals for your course. Any changes in the course schedule as a result of nursing community’s availability will be provided to students within 24 hours of receipt. If needed, other arrangements will be made to ensure clinical hours completed without impacting the end date of the course.

clinicals
Students and their instructor during a clinical at a nursing community.

Program Schedule

Our Medication Aide programs run from 4 to 6 weeks training, with a laboratory and clinical component at nursing communities located in Kansas under the supervision of experienced registered nurses (RNs). Students will have the option to select from three schedule options: Weekday Evening, Weekend, or Hybrid.

The Hybrid schedule will be a mix of online lectures, in-person lab sessions, and in-person clinical rotations in nursing communities. The online portion of this program schedule will be done via the Blackboard Learning Management System.

Upon completion of the Medication Aide program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion. The next step after that will be to take the Kansas State Medication Aide Certification Exam. Passing that exam makes you a Certified Medication Aide in the state of Kansas. 

Schedule
Class Time
Lab Time
Clinical Time
Weekday Evening (6 weeks. Thur. & Fri.)
2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
25 hours
Hybrid (4 weeks)
Online session: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
25 hours
Weekend (5 weeks. Sat. & Sun.)
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
25 hours

Available Start Dates

Our Hybrid (Blended – on campus & online) Medication Aide program is 4 weeks of online instruction with in-person labs and clinical rotations at approved nursing facilities. The online portion of this program will be done via Blackboard. The lab sessions are done on campus on Thursdays. The program schedule, including dates/times of in-person labs and clinical, is reviewed with students during orientation and again on the first day of class.

Students taking the hybrid schedule are required to have a working computer, basic knowledge of Microsoft office suite, and a reliable Internet service. Acknowledgment of ability to take online courses is required at time of enrollment. 

The following start dates are available:

  • Apr. 1 – 30, 2024
  • May 1 – 31, 2024
  • June 3 – 30, 2024
  • July 1 – 31, 2024
  • Aug. 1 – 31, 2024
  • Sep. 2 – 30, 2024
  • Oct. 1 – 31, 2024
  • Nov. 1 – 30, 2024
  • Dec. 2 – 31, 2024

The following dates are available for the Weekday Evening (6-week) Medication Aide program schedule:

  • Coming soon!

The following dates are available for the Weekend (5-week) Medication Aide program schedule:

  • April 6 – May 6, 2024
  • June 1 – 30, 2024

Financial assistance is available

The Great Jobs KC Job Training Program will pay all tuition and fees for qualifying applicants.

Catholic Charities of North Kansas City provides financial assistance to qualifying applicants.

Cost & Registration

The Medication Aide program is $900.00 which includes the cost of tuition, textbook, lab supplies, and fee for one attempt of the Kansas CMA State Exam. There is an additional $25.00 non-refundable registration fee. 

Acceptable forms of payment are:

  • Cash – (must be exact change)
  • Money order – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Cashier’s check – (made out to Mid-America College of Health Sciences)
  • Zelle – (Zelle payments are to be sent to AR@macohs.edu)

 

Tuition and fees are due in full before the first day of class unless the student has been approved for funding by a third-party sponsor or has been approved for a tuition payment plan. Students must meet with our admissions staff and sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement to be approved for a payment plan. Payment plans are only available for the 5-week and 6-week program schedules.

Students may qualify for financial assistance through Great Jobs KC, Kansas Workforce Partnership, Missouri Full Employment Council (FEC), and more. Please see our Financial Assistance page for more details.

To speak with our admissions staff about this program, text or leave a voicemail at (913) 708-8323. You can also speak to us in person at
10000 W 75th Street, Suite 241, Merriam, KS 66204 

If you’ve made up your mind, register and start the enrollment process now by clicking the green button. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Receiving a Certificate of Completion at the end of this course does not make you a Certified Medication Aide, or CMA. To become a CMA, you must also take and pass the the Kansas State Medication Aide Certification exam.

Your registration for this Medication Aide course entitles you to one attempt of the CMA exam, which you’ll take in our testing center. You’ll earn a CMA certification if you pass. Otherwise, you’ll have to register for another attempt at your own expense.

You have a total of 2 attempts within a year, counting from the start date of your Medication Aide course

Yes. It expires in two years.

You can verify or check the expiration date of your CMA certificate at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Nurse Aide Registry. Relevant instructions are on that page.

You’re required to take a CMA Update class before your license expires. More info on that is available on the CMA Update page.