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Certified Medication Aide (CMA)


Program Overview

Department Chair

Beloit: Roxie Hake

Hays: Jana Donnelly



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.
  • Reading comprehension test scores demonstrating a reading level at or above an 8th grade level.
  • All students must be at least 18 years of age by the end of 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.

CNA: Traditional $675 CNA: Online $812

CMA: Traditional $651 CMA: online $709 CMA: Update $150

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

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

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 KDADS CMA requirements for CMA continuing education every two years.

Requirements for CMA Update Course:

  • Active Kansas CNA certification
  • Kansas CMA certification active or expired less than one year
  • Applications for all CMA courses are due at least one week before the course begins.
  • Payment for online courses must be received at least one week before the course begins.

CNA-CMA Class 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.

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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.