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Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

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 an 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.

The CMA course is also offered in a hybrid Online/Traditional format at various times throughout the year. There is an additional cost associated with the online courses.

Course costs will vary from year to year, so please check the current course schedule or contact NCK Tech for current costs.

CMA Course Enrollment Requirements:

  • Must have 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 is required by the state of Kansas.

At time of application, please:

  • Contact our office to schedule the Accuplacer reading test, or provide a copy of previous Accuplacer or ACT test scores
  • TB skin test within the past year is required – please submit documentation with application.
  • Flu vaccination may be required by the clinical facility during fall/winter months.
  • Physical requirements: To provide safe, effective resident care in a learning environment you must be able to lift 50+ pounds. If you have physical limitations or any pre-existing conditions, please provide a medical provider’s note of medical clearance for resident safety or plan to take this course at another time.
  • Online Learners: Must be computer literate and have reliable internet accessibility.
  • Criminal convictions may jeopardize eligibility for certification and/or employment.


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, medication interactions, and documentation. This course is approved by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and designed to satisfy the 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.


  • Courses must be paid in full to save your seat in the course.
  • Short term classes, including short term general education classes, summer classes and online classes are non-refundable.

CMA-Spring 2023 Schedule

Apply Now

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 ( or via phone (785-623-6151) or Hays Administration at (785-625-2437). Please make sure to clearly indicate which class you are requesting information on and include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
AH-011 Certified Medication Aide (CMA) 4
Total Required Hours

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

Transfer Options

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:
Health Studies (B.S.)

This Program is available in Beloit
and Hays

Department Chair

Beloit: Jana Donnelly

Hays: Jana Donnelly