To become a Certified Medication Aide (CMA), individuals should contact their state board of nursing or in Texas contact the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to determine the specific requirements needed for certification.
Objective: The Medication Aide Program is designed to prepare Nurse Aides and students for administration of medicines under supervision and guidance stipulated by the Texas Health and Human Services, Long-Term Care Division, Medication Aide Permit Program. Students will learn how to use these skills and procedures via classroom and clinical hands-on training. The students will learn the following topics:
- Introduction to Medication Aide & Basic Concepts the students will learn the basic roles and responsibilities of the medication aide in the allied health field. They will learn the history and reasons of drug use, drug administration, legislation and therapy, pharmacodynamics, competency skills, and use of generic drugs.
- Basic Principles of Medication Administration. The students will learn comprehensively the basic principles of medication administration. They will learn about medication supply and storage, medication orders and potential causes of medication errors and roles and responsibilities of medication aides in drug therapy. They will also learn medication preparation, procedures, and techniques for administering medications and how to maintain medication records.
Drug Therapy of Common Disease Processes
Students will learn the value of drugs for therapeutic purposes, and the government regulations to be followed in prescribing, dispensing, and administering drugs. They will learn about drugs affecting the various body systems (cardiovascular, urinary, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, central nervous system, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and eye, ear and skin). They will learn how to identify possible reactions to particular drugs, and to recognize possible adverse reactions.
Age Related Patient Medication Administration
The students will learn special skills in the administration of medication to patients suffering from age related diseases and disorders as well as younger children. The students will also learn about administering medication to immuno-compromised patients.
Care Planning and Role of Medication Aide
The students will learn the purpose of care planning, the significance of interdisciplinary care plans and the role of the medication aide in relation to patient care planning.
Graduates are eligible to register for the examination required for Medication Aide Permitting 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.
- For more information about the Medication Aide Program visit www.hhs.texas.gov or call