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Certified Medication Aide

March 25 - April 6, 2020
9 am - 3:30 pm
Council Bluffs Campus

This 58 hour course prepares nurse aides and residental attendants to administer nonparenteral medicatons in Long Term Care facilites. This course is approved by the Iowa Department of Inspectons and Appeals and Nebraska Health and Human Services regulatons governing medicaton aides. Nebraska requires the partcipant
pass the Nebraska State Exam after completng this course. 

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email [email protected] or call (712) 325-3268 for more information!

Cost $545

Textbook and handouts included in cost. Refunds: There will be a $25 fee for all class withdrawals or transfers. If you withdraw from a class 1 business in advance you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for no shows or less than 1 business day notice.  


For schedule and to register, click on this link Schedule/Registration and search "Certified Medication Aide."

For facility pay, click on this link Registration Form and fax completed form to (712) 325-3721 or email [email protected].


  • All students must take the “Prepare to Care” 6-hour lecture on the first day of class. An exam given that day must be passed with an 80% or better in order to advance to the Medication Aide portion of the class.
  • Students must have an 80% or better on the Medication Aide final exam, which is scheduled upon completion of the clinical portion.
  • All course projects and reports must be completed. Students must complete at least 10 hours of clinical in the long term care facility to successfully complete the course requirements and receive a certificate.

The clinical must be taught by a Registered Nurse in the sponsoring facility. The skills checklist must be returned by mail or in person to IWCC within 6 weeks of the last day of class. 


Prerequisites must be submitted to Iowa Western before the class starts.

  • A letter from the administrator or DON of the sponsoring facility verifying the following: 6 months of experience, DCW Registry, employee’s attude, interest & reliability.
  • Reading comprehension, writing ability and aptitude for math.
  • Absence of history of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Competency in obtaining blood pressure and apical pulses.
  • Copy of license of RN who will teach the 10 hours of clinical in the sponsoring facility.


Attendance is important. Lack of attendance may result in dismissal from this course. 

  • All homework assignments must be completed satisfactorily prior to receiving the certificate.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, and a 10 hour clinical in the sponsoring facility, the participant will receive a certificate.  

Career & Salary Information

As the health care field grows, so does the demand for CMAs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment of nursing and psychiatric aides to grow by 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Typical career progression for a Certified Medication Aide involves becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Medical Assistant. The median hourly earnings are $15.53 - $18.31. Source EMSI.