Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

The Certified Medication Aide (CMA) verifies identity of patient receiving medication and records name of drug, dosage, and time of administration on specified forms or records. Administers prescribed medications to patients and maintains related medical records under immediate supervision. Being a Certified Medication Aide (CMA) requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and certified as a Medication Technician. Takes vital signs or observes patient to detect response to medication. In addition, Certified Medication Aide (CMA) typically reports to a registered nurse or manager. Certified Medication Aide (CMA)’s years of experience requirement may be unspecified. Certification and/or licensing in the position’s specialty is the main requirement.

Certified Medication Aide (CMA) Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Certified Medication Aide (CMA) to join our team.


  • Determines and records effectiveness of medications in a timely and accurate manner as required by state and federal regulations;
  • Receives supply of ordered medications for administration to resident;
  • Counts narcotics at the beginning and end of shift and records on appropriate forms. Notifies Director of Nurses immediately of any discrepancies;
  • Reports to charge nurse and documents reasons prescribed drugs are not administered;
  • Records and restocks medication inventories;
  • Verify identity of resident receiving medication and records name of drug, dosage, and time of administration on resident’s chart;
  • Presents medication to resident and observes ingestion or other application, or administers medication;
  • Attends periodic in-services and staff meetings;
  • Administers prescribed medications and treatments as defined by state regulations in accordance with company policy and procedure.


  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action;
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language;
  • Must be a graduate of a State approved CNA program;
  • Maintains confidentiality of all proprietary and/or confidential information;
  • One (1) year geriatric nursing experience preferred;
  • Must understand and follow company policies including harassment and compliance procedures;
  • Must perform proficiently in all competency areas including but not limited to: patient rights, and safety and sanitation;
  • Must have the ability to implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures of the department;
  • Must be currently registered/licensed in applicable State. Must maintain an active license in good standing throughout employment;
  • Must have successfully completed a State approved program and exam for Certified Medication Aide;
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents;
  • Must provide documentation of such certification upon application for the position;
  • Must be a supportive team member, contribute to and be an example of team work and team concept;
  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace;
  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents.