Medication Programs

Certified Medication Aide

This 60-hour course prepares nurse aides and residential attendants to administer non-parental medications in Long Term Care facilities. This course is approved by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and Nebraska Health and Human Services regulations governing medication aides. Nebraska requires the participant to pass the Nebraska State Exam after completing this course. 

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

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.  


  • 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 attune, 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. 

Medication Manager

The purpose of this course is to prepare individuals to safely administer or supervise self-administration of non-parental medications in a Residential Care Facility of 15 or fewer beds, an Assisted Living Program, or other community-based settings such as Supervised Apartment Living or Supported Community Living Arrangements.   Emphasis is placed on safely administering medications or supervising the self-administration from a prescription bottle and observing for obvious reactions to the medications.

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  • All students must successfully complete the Prepare To Care Core Module, offered on day #2 , before  progressing to the Medication Manager lecture, day #3 & 4.
  • Be proficient at measuring blood pressure and apical pulse prior to the beginning of class.
  • 3-ring binder, paper, and highlighter.
  • Obtain 80% or better on the final.
  • Skills checklist must be signed LEGIBLY or it will be returned to the facility and the certificate will be delayed.
  • A Registered Nurse must supervise the clinical part of the course.
  • Skills checklist must be returned to Iowa Western within 6 weeks of the last day of class or course must be repeated.

Refund Policy

  • No refunds given for withdrawal/transfer within 72 hours (3 business days) of class start date.
  • No refunds given for “no shows.”
  • One transfer per student will be allowed with at least 72 hours (3 business days) notice.
  • No substitution of students allowed. 

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