Medication Aide Training Program

A medication aide distributes patient medications in nursing homes and non-hospital, assisted living facilities for the physically or mentally disabled. Medication aides are directly supervised by doctors or other licensed caretakers.

OMCC's Medication Aide Training Program will focus on side effects of medications, differentiating dangerous sedatives and narcotics from more basic daily medications, various contraindications, and dangers of certain drug combinations. Students will also learn safe and ethical practices to prevent patient overdose, drug abuse, or theft.

Upon successful completion of the training program, graduates will receive a written certification and be eligible to take the Ohio Board of Nursing approved examination in accordance with rule 4723-27-08 of the Administrative Code.

Academic Calendar

» Class Schedule

Class Schedule Program Length
Day Class 8:00 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday 4 weeks (120 contact hours)

Career Description

Prior to pilot program end date, medication aides can work with residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities participating in the Certified Medication Aide Pilot Program authorized under section 4723.63 of the Revised Code. After pilot program end date, they will be able to work with residents of all nursing homes and residential care facilities.

Career Outlook

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medication aides are expected to be good, especially for those with previous experience, formal training, or certification. Job openings will result from employment growth, as well as the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed application form, emergency contact form, and student enrollment agreement

  • An official high school transcript or equivalent (GED)

  • Certification of completion from a state-approved Certified Nurse Aide training program and successfully pass the STNA State Test

  • Current, active CPR card (through Red Cross or American Heart Association)

  • Pass Medication Aide Entrance Exam (MAPET). Exams are scheduled every Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm. Study guide available for review

  • Physical exam and two-step Mantoux tuberculin tests (for TB) within last year

  • Submit to fingerprinting criminal background check through both FBI & BCI

  • Offered in These Location(s)

  • Dayton Main Campus