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ALHE 104 - Medication Aide 
 5 credit hour
This course includes the study of medications and their physiological effect on the body. Emphasis will be placed on the identification and abbreviations of drugs, weights and measures, and procedures used in dispensing medication. The curriculum is approved by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services/Health Occupations Credentialing-KDADS/HOC. CMA may not be eligible for federal financial aid. 
Prerequisite: Must be a Kansas State Certified Nurse Aide. Students must be able to read at KDADS/HOC specified reading level. The student must be 18 years of age by the end date of the course and to be certified as a medication aide.
The medication aide certificate is valid for two years from the date issued. To maintain a valid certificate, the CMA must complete, at any time during those two years, a program of 10 hours of continuing education approved by the certifying agency.  Students must be 18 years old to take the state exam.
CMA Program Outcomes
Outcomes for this course include:
1.    The student demonstrates and understands rationale of basic infection control.
2.    The student demonstrates an understanding of different drug families and identifies the action, side effects and name of each drug.
3.    The student demonstrates an understanding of different ways to safely administer drugs and how to treat unsafe drug/food and drug/drug interactions.





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State Exam Pass Rate for CMA*
2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
95% 90% 94% 91% 85%
*The average for this five-year period is 91%.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can a Certified Medication Aide (CMA) be employed?
A. Long-term care facilities such as skilled nursing homes, assisted living, and home based facilities hire CMAs.
Q. What are the prerequisites for CMA?
A.  Student must be a Kansas Active CNA, must be 18 by ending date of course, and have eligible reading scores or completed ENGL 101, English Composition I.
Q. Can I do my clinical hours at the facility I am currently employed?    
A. No, you have to complete the clinical hours with the instructor of the course at a preapproved site for the course.
Q. How do I maintain my CMA certificate?
A. You must take an update course once every two years. NCCC offers these courses every semester. 
Q. What if my CMA certificate expires?
A. You have one year from expiration to complete the CMA Update course. After one year, you have to retake the whole course.