Certified Medication Aide



CMA courses provide students with basic training in medications and medication administration. The course will prepare students for employment as a CMA passing medications in a long-term care facility while under the supervision of an LPN or RN. Information covered includes topics within Practice, Communication, Infection Control, Safety and Drug Administration, Drugs and Body Systems, and Administration of Medication. The course is developed with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Kansas Medication Aide Curriculum as the backbone of the course. Course time includes lecture, skills lab, and clinical components. Successful completion of the course and all required hours will mean that the student is eligible to take the State CMA Certification Test.

An active Kansas CNA certification is required to begin the course. Students must also pass a reading comprehension test demonstrating a reading level at or above an eighth grade level prior to starting the course.

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.

There is an additional cost associated with the online course.


CMA Update Courses


NCK Tech Offers 10 hr CMA Update courses different times through the year. The update course is offered in an Online or traditional format. 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 KDHE CMA requirements for CMA continuing education every two years.

Courses and Schedules






To request core course information, or to be placed on the mailing list for the course that you are interested in, please contact Marlene Winter, R.N. via e-mail (mwinter@ncktc.edu) or via phone (785-623-6168) 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.