Certified Medicine Aide

Certified medicine aide

career infoCNA/GNAs employed by a long-term care facility with at least one-year of experience may want to obtain Certified Medicine Aide (CMA) certification to obtain greater advancement.

The Medicine Aide Update course is designed for students currently certified and are required by the Maryland Board of Nursing to successfully complete a Medicine Aide Update course every two years to renew their certification.

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Preparation, administration, and charting of nonparenteral medications will be taught to geriatric nursing assistants (GNA) who work in long-term care facilities. Applicants must be certified by the Maryland Board of Nursing as: 1) geriatric nursing assistants and 2) certified nursing assistants 3) be currently employed by a long-term facility and 4) have one year’s work experience as a geriatric nursing assistant in a long-term care facility. Textbook required.

Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete the Work Keys Assessment given in the CSM testing Center with a minimum score of 4 on all three tests.

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This course is designed to provide current medicine aides in long-term care facilities with the content necessary to meet Maryland state continuing education requirements.

Prerequisite: Expiration date of CMA certification must fall within 90 days of the start date of the update course.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for HTH-5580

Notice: COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Clinical Placement

College of Southern Maryland's clinical partners have notified us that the COVID-19 vaccination will be required for clinical placement starting in the Fall 2021 Semester. All Nursing and Health program students must comply with this requirement to receive a clinical assignment. Students who decline to be vaccinated will not be able to remain registered for the clinical courses and may need to withdraw from their respective nursing or health program. An individual is considered to be 'vaccinated' if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through the receipt of one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (or any subsequently authorized and approved single-dose vaccine); or both doses of a 2-dose mRNA vaccine, and any booster doses recommended by CDC/ACIP to maintain vaccination status. Once vaccination is complete, students should upload their documentation to the CastleBranch portal.

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