Certified Medication Assistant - Technical Diploma

Program Code: 305105

If you are a certified nursing assistant who is employed in a nursing home and is looking to add more challenge and variety to your daily work, the Certified Medication Assistant program is for you. With the support of your employer, you will learn to administer specific medications under the supervision of the nursing staff. You'll gain the knowledge of standard practices related to administration of medications affecting multiple body systems. Upon completion of this course, your name will be added to the Wisconsin Medication Aide Registry.


Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following area:

Certified Medication Assistant: maintain employment as a Certified Medication Assistant in a nursing home.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Be a current employee in a nursing home.
• Requirements for program entry must be completed prior to the start of the program.
• At least 18 years of age.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• Be on the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Directory, with current Federal eligibility.
• Have at least 2000 hours experience in direct patient care within the last three years.
• Have worked a minimum of 40 hours, within the last 90 days, with the residents to whom the student will be administering medications.
• Submit a completed employer recommendation form. Available upon request.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
The Certified Medication Assistant Technical Diploma is a 100 hour program which includes 60 hours of theory/lab, held at NWTC Green Bay Campus, and 40 hours of clinical, held at Nursing Home where student is employed. Upon graduation, a student will have completed three credits. Orientation will be done during the first class.
Certified Medication Assistant
30-510-301 CERTIFIED MEDICATION a Certified Nursing Assistant employed in a nursing home who administers selected medications under the supervision of the nursing staff. Course Typically Offered: Spring

Program Outcomes

• Define the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with the role of medication assistant.
• Identify factors that influence the effects of medications on the individuals.
• Utilize guidelines common to administration of all medications.
• Utilize knowledge of systems of measurement when administering medications.
• Administer medications safely and efficiently by selected routes.
• Identify effects of common medications on each body system.
• Describe the effects of normal aging on pharmacokinetics.



A preceptor is an RN at the nursing home where the student is employed. The preceptor acts as a mentor for the Medication Assistant student.
The vital role of the preceptor is to assist the learner in meeting the program outcomes. NWTC asks that the agency agree to the following requirements:
• While supervising students (maximum of 2 students) during the med pass, the preceptor will be dedicated to the med pass.
• Students will be assigned to the same wing/residents for the entire 40-hour clinical rotation.
• Med pass block of time is utilized for med pass skill development and medication education.
If your agency is unable to support these requirements, it is suggested you do not enroll students in this program.