Medication Assistant

3-credit Technical Certificate

Program Code 40-510-CB

This competency-based certificate is designed for certified Nursing Assistants who will, upon completion, be involved with administration/distribution of medications to residents in a skilled care nursing facility. Employer approval, proof of work experience and a pre-enrollment assessment are required.

How Long It Will Take

Students can complete this program in one semester. This program consists of 68 hours of lecture, practice labs and 40 hours of clinical.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered

The first 11 weeks are held on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. After successfully completing the lecture and lab portion, the 40 clinical hours take place in the student's facility with an RN from the facility acting as a preceptor.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Upon successful completion of the course, WCTC notifies the Department of Health and Family Services to upgrade the individual's status on the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Directory.

Financial Aid Eligibility

This certificate does not qualify for financial aid. To qualify for most federal financial aid, a student must be enrolled in a technical diploma or associate degree program. Questions? Contact your program advisor.


The cost of your certificate depends on the number of total credits. Learn more about tuition and fees.

How to Apply

To apply for this course, please complete the entire CMA Application PacketCompleted applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the classes are full. Applications lacking any of the required documents or signatures will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant. Classes fill very quickly. Submit your completed paperwork by email to Sherry Trainer, or mail to 800 Main Street, Room H-101, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

Important Dates

  • Fall schedule available online: April 1
  • Fall registration begins:
    • July 8 (veterans only)
    • July 9 (online)
    • July 10 (phone and in-person)


The Student Must:

  • Be currently employed in a skilled nursing facility with current federal eligibility.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or HSED.
  • Be on the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Directory.
  • Have at least 2,000 hours of experience in direct patient care in a skilled nursing facility within the last three years prior to registration
  • Have worked a minimum of 40 hours within the last 90 days and prior to the start of the course, caring for the same skilled nursing home residents the student will be caring for during clinical.
  • Be recommended in writing by the Director of Nursing and Administrator of the skilled nursing facility in which the student will be completing the clinical hours.
  • Be recommended in writing by two licensed nurses, one of who must be a RN.
  • Have a signed commitment from the RN preceptor agreeing to work with the student during the clinical hours.

The Employer Must:

  • Verify hours of employment and related information.
  • Provide signatures from Administrator and Director of Nursing.
  • Provide one RN preceptor who agrees to work with the student during all 40 of the clinical hours. The RN preceptor must attend a meeting at WCTC prior to the start of the course. The role of preceptor cannot be transferred from one RN to another after training starts. See Facility Requirements for more information related to the RN preceptor.
  • Provide a signed agreement from RN preceptor.
  • Provide recommendations from two unit nurses.
  • Verify blood pressure and apical pulse skills.
  • Confirm that the facility does not have a Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) prohibition.
  • Depending on access, assist student with use of computer and printer for course materials.
  • If facility plans to pay for the course tuition and textbook, the facility needs to send a notation on official letterhead, including the facility name and billing address.