UACCM Academics

Career-Specific Program Overview

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Medication Assistant - Certified

The Medication Assistant - Certified program is a great opportunity for certified nursing assistant to take the next step towards advancing their career. The Medication Assistant - Certified course combines classroom instruction with clinical experience. Students will be prepared to provide competent, skilled nursing care in a compassionate manner to residents of long-term care facilities.

Career Opportunities

  • Medication Assistant - Certified

Certificate Requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Medication Assistant - Certified will be able to:

  • Correctly define the scope of work for a Medication Assistant – Certified (MA-C)
  • Identify the legal and ethical issues of medication administration
  • Identify the principles of medication properties, uses and action
  • Identify the principles of medication administration including safety, infection control, communication and documentation skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate reporting of changes in clients’ condition
  • Participate in skills lab activities that focus on elderly clients in a nursing home

Program Requirements

Admission to the program is based on compliance with entrance requirements and availability of seats in the course. Readmission to the course is only attained by reapplying.

  • Completion of all admission requirements to UACCM
  • GED® or high school diploma.
  • Meet course prerequisites.
  • Currently listed in good standing on the state’s certified nurse aide registry.
  • Maintained registration on the state’s certified nurse aide registry continuously for a minimum of one year.
  • Verification by employer of at least one continuous year of full-time experience as a certified nurse aide in Arkansas.
  • Current employment in a designated facility.
  • Current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification
  • Verification of clean criminal background and child maltreatment checks
  • Verification of TB screening/clearance
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Negative urine drug screen
  • Malpractice insurance

Students cannot miss any time in the skills lab practice or the progressive supervised clinical experience of the course and all absences/ tardies must be made up.


  • Students may not be admitted if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.