Medicine Aide, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

This Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) approved course will train and prepare currently employed Maryland Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and/or Certified Geriatric Nursing Assistants (GNA) for a role in safely administering non-parenteral medications under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The medicine aide course meets MBON requirements which include instruction in both theory and the clinical setting. Focus is on all approved routes of medication administration and the scope of responsibility of the CMA.

Program objectives

CCBC Pathway

Health Professions Pathway.  Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Course Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.

Length of Training

6 weeks

Course offerings and times vary by campus

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Course Requirements

A High School Diploma or GED is NOT required for program entry but may be required for employment. Must be able to display effective verbal communication skills using the English language which includes writing. Course candidates should also show competency in basic mathematics skills. Current certification by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) as an active CNA in good standing, and possession of a healthcare provider CPR certification is required.

Additional MBON requirements: Current employment and work experience as required by the Board in a setting acceptable to the Board, including:

(a) Current employment and 2 years of full-time experience as a CNA in a facility licensed under 42 CFR Part 483 et seq.; or

(b) Current employment and 1 year of full-time experience as a GNA in a facility licensed in Maryland under COMAR 10.07.02​

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Before admission to the program candidate must have a positive recommendation from the director of nursing in the facility where the candidate is employed. Documentation is to be provided to course coordinator prior to registration. Email for more information.

Course Sequence

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Excellent attendance is required

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Medicine Aide Training


Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Professions, 8th ed.

ISBN#978-1337395892, $99.00.  Davis Drug Guide for Nurses, 16th ed.

ISBN#9780803669451. $44.95




Additional Offering

For students to maintain Medicine Aide Certification

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Medicine Aide Training Continuing Education


Handouts Provided in Class



Additional Information

Skills for Success:

See Technical Standards at the end of this document.

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Course Contact Information

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Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC's Medicine Aide Training 

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Medicine Aide Training program is to train Geriatric Nursing Assistants to become Certified Medicine Aides through the Maryland Board of Nursing.  

Certified Medicine Aides are required to be on their feet for long periods of time, caring for patients at the bedside, transferring and/or positioning patients. They need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials and communicable diseases. Their duties also require them to function quickly with accuracy while being detail-oriented. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and personal integrity are vital.
The following is a partial listing of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance: 

Physical Requirements: 
A.    Sufficient strength and mobility to: 

  • Work/or stand on feet for up to 12 hours 
  • Lift at least 50 pounds or more and position patients 
  • Move swiftly within close quarters while maintaining sterile field
  • Assist with minor procedures 

B.    Adequate vision to: 

  • Read patient ID bracelets for correct administration of care 
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screens 
  • Read medical measuring equipment, scale, thermometer, graduated cylinder, sphygmomanometer 

C.    Sufficient hearing to: 

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions 
  • Properly use of stethoscope 
  • Hear machines/equipment or room bells

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A.    Have the ability to: 

  • Interact with other health professionals in a polite and professional manner
  • Respect patient confidentiality and rights 
  • Adhere to all policies of CCBC and/or clinical externship facility
  • Work in a professional manner as part of a team
  • Interact in a professional with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds

B.    Sufficient communication skills to: 

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions 
  • Follow proper channels of communication 
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner 
  • Accurately interpret patient needs 
  • Provide patient/public education related to the Nurse Support Technician profession 

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To: 

  • Exercise independent judgment within the practice to properly care for patients 
  • Accurately identify and carry out tasks delegated by registered nurses 
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations 
  • Maintain calmness during an emergency situation 
  • Complete program requirements 

Environmental Requirements: 

  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection 
  • Working in an environment that may be noisy at times
  • Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials including cleaning agents and chemicals, body fluids
  • Working in an environment with unpleasant odors
  • Provide proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and tetanus
  • Receive Hepatitis B vaccinations and/or sign a waiver