Medication Aide Program Frequently Asked Questions
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 livings, 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.
What are the steps that I have to take in order to register for this class?
- Sign up to take the WorkKeys Assessment. You should find your results within about a week. If you scored high enough, you will earn a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).
- If you earn a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), register for the Medication Aide class with Workforce Solutions. Please register in person at the Workforce Solutions office at the LFCC Middletown Campus.
- You will then get an email with the background check, physical and drug screening information. This must be completed at least 4 weeks in advance of the start of the class.
- Get a Maroon pair of scrubs from the Winchester Uniform store, white non-slip nursing shoes, and a watch with a second hand before the start of the class.
Why do I have to take the Work Keys Assessment before I can register for this class?
- Since Workforce does not require the same level of testing that the credit side of the college requires, we have to have some way to make sure that each student is prepared for this level of education. The Medication Aide course is rigorous and we want everyone who takes it to be successful!
When do I take the WorkKeys assessment?
- The WorkKeys assessment is offered every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 2:30. Please know that around the holidays, this schedule is subject to change. To verify, please contact the school if you have any questions about the schedule. Throughout the year, there may also be additional testing sessions offered.
If I’ve already taken a WorkKeys Assessment, do I need to take it again?
- No, this is completely up to you. If you are happy with her level of certificate, then there’s no need to retake it. If you want to score higher, you may do so.
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 again?
- Unless this was done through LFCC 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.