Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

Department Chair

Beloit: Roxie Hake

Hays: Jana Donnelly



Program Overview

CMA courses provide students with basic training in medications and medication administration. The course prepares students for employment as a CMA and to dispense medications, under the supervision of a LPN or RN, in a long-term care facility. The course is developed using Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service Kansas Medication Aide Curriculum. Coursework includes lecture, skills lab and clinical components. Upon successful completion of the course and the required clinical hours, students are eligible to sit for the State CMA Certification Test.

Requirements for CMA course enrollment:

  • Active Kansas CNA certification.
  • Must be 18 years of age by the course end date.
  • Reading comprehension test scores demonstrating a reading level at or above an 8th grade level – provide ACT, Compass or Accuplacer scores at time of enrollment or make arrangements with our office to take the Accuplacer as soon as possible – score must be submitted prior to class beginning.
  • TB skin test is required on the first day of class.

The total required number of hours for the course is 75, which includes a minimum of 25 hours of clinical time in a long term care facility or other approved clinical site. Typically the course is held 2-3 days a week for approximately 6-10 weeks, although the schedule can vary from course to course. This course is worth 4 college credit hours.

Course costs will vary from year to year, so please contact the instructor or NCK Tech for current costs. The cost of the course includes all college tuition, application fees, registration and testing fees, lab and clinical fees, textbook, and name tag. The only additional required costs would be the required TB test and Scrubs (uniforms) for clinical.

CMA Update Courses

NCK Tech Offers a 10-hour CMA Update course each Fall and Spring semester. This course covers information such as a review of new medications, preventing medication errors, high risk medications, alternative treatments, interactions with other medication, and documentation. This course is designed to satisfy the KDADS CMA requirements for CMA continuing education every two years.

Requirements for CMA Update Course enrollment:

  • Kansas CNA and CMA certification
  • CMA certification may not be expired by more than 1 year.

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Payment for online courses must be received at least one week before the course begins.

Payment for traditional courses must be received by 3pm the Friday before class begins.

*Short term classes, including short term general education classes, summer classes and online classes are non-refundable.

CMA Schedule

To request core course information, or to be placed on the mailing list for the course that you are interested in, please contact Jana Donnelly, R.N. via e-mail (jdonnelly@ncktc.edu) or via phone (785-623-6151) or Hays Administration at (785-625-2437) for the Hays campus and Roxie Hake, via e-mail (rhake@ncktc.edu) or via phone (785-738-9095) for the Beloit campus. Please make sure to clearly indicate which class you are requesting information on and include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:

Health Studies (B.S.)

Required Courses

Course Code Course Name Credits
First Semester
AH-011 Certified Medication Aide (CMA) 4

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

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