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Medication Aide at a Glance

Note: Medication Aide is a continuing education/non-credit program.

What does a medication aide do?

  • Administers routine oral medications and may also give medications by inhalation or topically
  • Responsible for documenting medication administration on the medication administration record, noting if the patient has adverse reactions to medications and any changes in patient condition
  • Monitors patients' blood pressure, pulse, respiration and temperature (vital signs) and any behavioral changes in their patients

What is the career outlook?

  • Certified medication aides, or CMAs work primarily in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities
  • In Texas: median salaries of $8.49-$10.44 per hour or $17,700-$21,700 annually*
  • Dallas County: median salaries of $8.51-$11.13 per hour or $17,700-$23,200 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at individual college information sessions for a particular health careers program.

Awards and coursework

El Centro


Continuing Education contact hours

Medication Aide Recertification Renewal




For more information, visit the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services website. 

Who can help me decide which health science career is best for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center

*America's Career Infonet 2011 data for Personal Care Aides and Nursing Assistants