What does a CMA do?

Caring for others and their well-being is central to what certified medication aides or CMAs are all about! A CMA typically works in a long-term care facility, administering medication and treatments to patients in a safe and prescribed manner. In this career, strong people skills are important due to the amount of direct patient care. It also is a prerequisite for advanced training, allowing you to climb the health career ladder.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $30,540on campus

Learning at Washburn Tech

The certified medication aide program introduces the basic concepts of medication administration including drug classifications, drug action and nursing implications for specific drugs. You will gain hands-on experience, working in a clinical setting. You must be a CNA to enroll in this five credit hour program, which is a prerequisite for a practical nursing program. High school juniors and seniors who are at least 17 years old, as well as post-secondary students are eligible for the program. Upon completion, you will be prepared to take the Medication Aide Certification exam from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. However, you must be 18 years of age to take the certification exam as stipulated by state law and must take the exam within a year of starting CMA course work.

Please note: Many of our clinical partners are requiring students to have the vaccine in order to complete clinical hours.  Due to accrediting body and program clinical requirements, Washburn Tech cannot guarantee that requirements for program completion can be met when a student is not vaccinated.

Jobs and Salaries

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
The data below refers to surveyed wages and average annual job openings in the state of Kansas due to growth and net replacement. SOURCE: klic.dol.ks.gov

Average Salary

$30,540

(2018)

Projected Job Openings

118

(annually)

Projected Job Growth

29%

(2016-2026)

Schedule

Half-day

LENGTH
1 semester

PROGRAM BEGINS
Every January and August

SCHEDULE
MON / WED; 8-11am

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