The Medication Aide


The Medication Aide

Continuing our look at career options for students of our classes, we’re taking a closer look at the Medication Aide class this week.

Medication Aide is one of our only classes that requires any previous training. Students must already be a licensed Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant before starting the Medication Aide class. The class is currently available in Kansas and South Dakota.

Medication Aides are authorized to pass medications to residents of nursing homes, a skill that can increase both your job options and your salary. This is in addition to Nurse Aide duties, so the work still involves a great deal of patient care beyond just passing medications. 

While passing medications sounds simple there are many things a Medication Aide must know to be effective at his or her job. Along with knowing the major classes of medications and major modes of administration, Medication Aides must also be able to do mathematical computations to determine dosages and  administration frequency. Medication Aides must also be very detail oriented and able to keep careful records in facility and patient files. In addition, Medication Aides must be observant. They are a doctor’s eyes and ears and spend much more time with residents than a doctor. Therefore, Medication Aides are the people who are most likely to spot an adverse reaction to medication, or to notice when a course of treatment is or is not working for a resident.

Job prospects for Medication Aides are excellent and the US Department of Labor reports that this is a field that is growing much faster than average. They anticipate up to 20% or more growth in this field between now and 2018. “Employment for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will grow 19 percent, faster than the average for all occupations, predominantly in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population.” (source: The need for long term care is also on the rise as Americans are living longer and often need managed care in their later years. If you love working with people, and enjoy the challenge of assessing needs and working to fulfill those needs, this is the career for you.

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  • Rosa Gothberg
    Posted at 20:54h, 20 April Reply

    I am looking to be a medication aide for North Dakota and Minnesota and texas

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 12:13h, 21 April

      Here is a link to the MA in SD:

  • Cynthia Hall
    Posted at 08:26h, 18 June Reply

    I have been a CNA for a long time and interested in the MA course. My question, is the certificate good nationally or just in one state?

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 12:11h, 27 July

      It would be good in the state where you take your clinicals.

  • Lorena Pino
    Posted at 19:22h, 05 January Reply

    The medication aid classes are online or do I have to go to a classroom?

  • Danelle
    Posted at 03:17h, 27 January Reply

    Are the classes during the day online or is there a evening option. I work full time days as CNA.

  • Isamar
    Posted at 18:08h, 18 March Reply

    I’m from Texas does this work for this state

    • Cindy Gray
      Posted at 13:49h, 22 March

      Sorry – no this class doesn’t work for TX.

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