Medication Aide Program

Program Description: The Certified Medication Aide (CMA) course is a 140-hour program that adheres to the regulations and curriculum established by the DADS (Texas Administrative Code Title 40, Part 1, Chapter 95, Rule 95.101 introduction). The 140-hour program is divided into the following components:

  • 100 hours of classroom instruction and training;
  • 20 hours of return skills demonstration, laboratory and;
  • 10 hours of clinical experience, including clinical observation and skills demonstration under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse in a facility, and
  • 10 more hours in a return skills demonstration laboratory.


Students will learn how to use these skills and procedures via classroom and clinical hands-on training. The students will learn the following concepts and skill sets;

  • Procedures for preparation and administration of medications
  • Responsibility, control, accountability, storage and safeguarding of medications
  • Use of reference material
  • Documentation of medications in residents clinical records
  • Minimum licensing standards for facilities covering pharmaceutical service, nursing service, and clinical records
  • Federal and state certification standards for participation under Title XVIII (Medicare) and Title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act pertaining to pharmaceutical service, nursing service, and clinical records
  • Lines of authority in the facility
  • Responsibilities and liabilities associated with the administration and safeguarding of medication
  • Allowable and prohibited practices of permit holders in the administration of medication
  • Drug reactions and side effects of medications commonly administered to facility residents
  • Rules covering the medication aide training program.

The course prepares the student to take the state-administered examination. Students are considered Licensed Medication Aides upon passing the state exam (under the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 242, Sub Chapter N). The Medication Aide graduates will be qualified for entry-level employment as Direct Care Staff in Long-Term or Personal Care Facilities, Correctional Settings, State Schools and State Hospitals.
Admission Requirements: The following are requirements for admission:

  • Be at least 18 years of age,
  • Suitable physical and emotional health,
  • You must be free of communicable diseases and suitable physical/emotional health to safely administer medications.
  • High School Diploma or GED,
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED. (If you received your high school diploma or GED in foreign country, then you must also have your diploma/transcripts evaluated to determine if the education you received in a foreign country is at least equivalent to what you would receive in the US. We recommend Foreign Credentials Service of America(512-459-8428), but you are free to use an evaluation service of your choice.)
  • Must have at least 90 days experience as Certified Nurse Aide or non-licensed direct care of staff person in a state-approved Long-Term Care or Assisted Living facility, OR
  • Must be employed as a non-licensed direct care staff person in a licensed personal care home, assisted living facility, state school, ICF-MR, or correctional facility. On the first official start date of the training program, the student must have been employed in this capacity for at least 90 days.
  • Must be employed in a state-approved Long-Term Care or Assisted Living facility on the first official day of class.
  • Vaccination Requirement: TB skin test and Hepatitis B shot

**An applicant who worked in a Medicare-skilled nursing facility or a Medicaid nursing facility is exempt from the 90-day requirement.
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Texas DADS Medication Aide Curriculum

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