Fast Track Certified Medication Aide

  • Tue, September 03, 2024
  • Fri, October 11, 2024
  • Online, NCMC Campus and Bay Bluffs
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Certified Medication Aide

Class Dates: September 3 - October 11, 2024

Tuition: $1450 (Grant funding opportunities available with registration.)

Course Overview: The Medication Aide Training Program is a comprehensive course designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively administer medications in a variety of healthcare settings. This program combines theoretical instruction with practical, hands-on experience to ensure that participants are well-prepared to support licensed nursing staff and enhance patient care.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a medication aide within the healthcare team.
  • Learn the basic principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications, mechanisms of action, therapeutic effects, side effects, and adverse reactions.
  • Develop proficiency in medication administration techniques, including oral, topical, inhalation, and injectable routes.
  • Master the procedures for accurate medication documentation and record-keeping.
  • Understand legal and ethical considerations related to medication administration.
  • Recognize and respond to medication errors and adverse reactions.

This six-week class is divided into three parts, and includes 49 hours of online classroom learning, 11 hours of skill practice, and 40 hours of supervised clinical practice at Bay Bluffs.

September 3 - October 4     Online classwork done on your own schedule (Approx 8 hours per week)

September 21 (Saturday)  8:00 am - 4:30 pm  Skills lab at NCMC Campus in Petoskey.

October 7 - 11 7:00 am - 3:00 pm    Supervised clinicals at Bay Bluffs in Harbor Springs.


  • Possess a valid Michigan nurse aide certificate.
  • Must have worked as a nurse aide in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility for at least 2,000 hours during the 2-year period immediately preceding the date of applying for a medication aide certificate.


 Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be eligible to take the state certification exam to become a Certified Medication Aide (CMA).

This 6-week program includes:

• 100 hours of training

• Textbook 

• Interactive sessions and hands-on training

• Assistance with grant opportunities to cover tuition

• Access to communication with qualified instructors

• Exam preparation

• Assistance with job placement

• Access to NCMC facilities and learning resources

Registration Deadline:  August 27, 2024.


Kathe Shaw, MSN, RN, RAC-CT

I have spent the past 15 years working in skilled nursing and long term care, and I am currently the Director of Skilled Services at Bay Bluffs, Emmet County Medical Care Facility in Harbor Springs. I earned my Associate of Science degree in nursing at North Central Michigan College in 2009, and both my Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in nursing degrees from Western Governors University in 2019 and 2021 respectively. It is an honor to be able to provide quality, dignified care for those who have led extraordinary lives but are no longer able to manage their daily activities independently. I look forward to continuing to be an advocate for the elderly and educating those who provide their care.

Sonja Bosley, RN, NHA

I have 30 years of experience in Long Term and Hospice Care. Currently, I am the Director of Nursing at Bay Bluffs Emmet County Medical Care Facility in Harbor Springs.  My other health care experiences have included being a Certified Nursing Aide, a Certified Recreational Therapist, and a Certified Palliative Hospice Nurse. My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy along with an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from North Central Michigan College (2006) and I am currently enrolled in a Master’s program for Nursing Education. Throughout my career I have used a holistic approach caring for the elderly, in turn providing dignified and respectful care which all elderly people deserve. I am looking forward to being able to share my experiences and knowledge with others.

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