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Certified Medication Aide (CMA) Courses

As a Certified Medication Aide, you'll master the roles, responsibilities, and essential skills to administer medications to patients safely. Medication Aides, often referred to as Med Aides, operate closely under the guidance of a licensed healthcare professional.

When considering Certified Medication Aide salary, the figures can vary based on work setting, industry, and individual experience. As of May 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cited the median wage for a Home Health Aide at $30,180 annually ($14.51 hourly). Moreover, the job outlook for such roles shows a promising growth of 22 percent between 2022 and 2032, faster than the average for other professions.

Certified Medication Aide employment opportunities span across diverse healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Medical offices
  • Home healthcare 
Program Perks
  • NMC students thrive due to our hands-on approach to education, limited class sizes, and a dedicated faculty genuinely invested in student success. Owing to NMC's stellar reputation, graduates often find themselves in high demand, ready to serve patients across age groups in various settings.
  • The Medication Aide hybrid certificate program incorporates online lessons. However, students are required to be on campus once or twice weekly for engaging, interactive sessions.
  • Beyond the baseline competencies to qualify as a Medication Aide in Nebraska, our curriculum imparts training on advanced procedures, notably injections.
  • Tailored for efficiency, the Medication Aide certificate agenda allows aspirants to complete their training in a mere three weeks.
Why Choose Our Certified Medication Aide Courses?

At Nebraska Methodist College, we don't just provide a certificate – we lay the foundation for a fulfilling career. Our Certified Medication Aide program is renowned for its comprehensive curriculum, experienced faculty and a legacy of producing skilled professionals. By choosing our course, you're ensuring a step ahead in the competitive healthcare sector, equipped with knowledge, practical experience and a network of peers and mentors. Join us and become a part of the future of healthcare.

Admissions Information


  • Minimum age of 18
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Competent in basic mathematics skills
  • Proof of current certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider
  • Demonstration of good physical health and the ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Required to provide proof of current immunizations. Immunization record must be brought to the first class meeting. There is a reduced rate for immunizations received by Campus Health for students who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations. Student Health Forms


The following items must be submitted in order to complete the registration process and secure your place in the class: 

For more information, please contact:

Austin Wegener
(402) 354-7203



Registration must be completed one week prior to the class start date. Class size is limited, applications will be reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Attending Nebraska Methodist College represents a major investment in your future. For most students, attending college takes planning and sacrifice. NMC recognizes that and is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees. 

Please note: Students will have an additional application fee paid to NE Department of Health and Human Services to be placed on the Medication Aide Registry. Please visit for more information regarding Medication Aide Requirements and associated fees. The state approved written exam is conducted at Nebraska Methodist College and is included in the cost of the course.

Hartman's Complete Guide for the Medication Aide
ISBN: 978-1-60425-131-9

This manual can be purchased at the Nebraska Methodist College Bookstore

Program Cost


Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty

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About the Course

This course is 40 hours and attendance is mandatory for all hours.

Participants are provided with content and hands-on experience, which prepares the student to sit for the state licensing exam. No credits are offered for this program, but students will receive a certificate of completion.

State written exam will be proctored by one of two state approved testing sites. Medication Aides are also required to apply to be listed on the state registry. Please visit Nebraska DHHS for more information and associated fees with the state registry and exam.

Certified Medication Aide Reactivation

Individuals previously listed on the Nebraska Medication Aide Registry who have lapsed or become inactive are eligible to reactivate their registration by successfully completing the Medication Aide competency assessment.  

Nebraska Methodist College is a provider of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services medication aide competency assessment. Please verify eligibility prior to registering by calling, (402) 471-0537.

Competency Assessment (1 hour): $50*

*Payment is required at the time of registration (no exceptions) and is non-refundable.

To register or view available dates, visit our course catalog.


Individuals recertifying need to review section 5 on Medication Aide reapplication and renewal notice forms. Please see forms below. In addition, other options include studying materials from their previous MA class, reviewing and practicing required skills, and taking a refresher course.  Students must bring a state issued photo ID in order to participate in testing.

Reapplication Form : License is lapsed or inactive and need to be reactivated.

Renewal Notice : License is currently active and want to renew before expiration date.

MA Competency Assessment Location:

All Nebraska Methodist College MA Competency Assessments are completed on campus, located:

Nebraska Methodist College

720 North 87th St

Omaha, NE 68114

Certified Medication Aide State Written Examination

This written examination is for students who took their Medication Aide 40-Hour at another facility and wish to become active on the Nebraska Medication Aide Registry .  

Nebraska Methodist College is an approved provider of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Medication Aide 40-Hour Written Examination.

Written Competency Exam (1 hour): $35*

*Payment is required at the time of registration (no exceptions) and is non-refundable.

To register or view available dates, sign up here.

Upon successful completion, NMC submits verification to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service, Nursing and Nursing Support. Questions regarding the registry can be directed to (402) 471-0537. Registry status verification may also be done online.


Students must bring a state issued photo ID and their Medication Aide course completion letter, in order to participate in testing.  

MA Written Exam Location:

All Nebraska Methodist College MA Competency Assessments are completed on campus, located:

Nebraska Methodist College

720 North 87th St

Omaha, NE 68114