Medication Assistant | Waukesha County Technical College

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
  • Be current on the State of Wisconsin nurse aide directory.
  • Be current on the federal nurse aide directory.
  • Have at least 2,000 hour of experience in direct patient care within the last three years.
  • Have worked a minimum of 40 hours within the last 90 days, with the residents to whom the student will be administering medications.
  • Be recommended in writing by the director of nursing and the administrator of the agency in which the student will be working during the clinical experience.
  • Be recommeded in writing by two licensed charge nurses under whose licenses the aide will be administering medications.

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.

Important Dates

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

How to Apply

  1. Set up a WCTC student account to get your username and ID.

  2. Review the Medication Assistant Technical Standards to determine if you need assistance from WCTC's Student Accessibility Office to support your success in this course.

    Complete the Medication Assistant Application. Return in person, by fax to 262.691.5241 or by mail to:

    Waukesha County Technical College
    Attn: Medication Assistant Program, H-101
    800 Main St.
    Pewaukee, WI 53207

    You will be notified by email when you have a permit to register.

  3. Before You Register

    Complete prerequisites for the course. If you are mailing official transcripts, please send to:

    Waukesha County Technical College
    Attn: Office of Admissions, C-019
    800 Main Street
    Pewaukee, WI 53072

    You will not be able to register for this course until this step is completed and you have a permit to register. Questions? Contact Registration | 262.691.5578.

  4. Register for CMA Course

    Find upcoming courses through our Course Search tool. Select your desired term, search "Medication Assistant NA," then select "Find Courses." There are three ways to register:

    1. Online (recommended):

    • Log into MyWCTC. If you are unable to log in, please contact the Service Desk at 262.691.5555.
    • Select "MyWCTC Account."
    • Select "Student Services."
    • Select "Registration."
    • Select "Add/Drop Classes."
    • Select "Term."
    • Follow the steps to register.

    - OR -

    2. Phone: Call 262.691.5578 to register.

    - OR -

    3. In Person: Stop by the Enrollment Center on the first floor of the College Center to register in person. Bring your registration form.

  5. Before the First Day of Class

    Purchase textbook from the WCTC Bookstore. Bring your textbook to your first day of class.




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 participate in a one-hour phone meeting with the faculty prior to the start of the course. The role of preceptor cannot be transferred from one RN to another once clinical 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.