Medication Aide

This program prepares students to be eligible to sit for the state exam to become a Registered Medication Aide (RMA).

This is a G3 program. Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.

Prescription pad with medicine

Area of Interest

Program Dean

Workforce Services

Faculty Contact


Workforce Training Program

Required Courses

  • Medication Aide

Admissions Requirements

  • An active, unrestricted Nurse Aide Certification issued from the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON) 
  • Acceptable background check and drug screen prior to clinical. Proof of immunizations and physical exam may be required depending on clinical site.
  • Attend a coaching appointment and/or information session prior to enrollment.
  • Complete a CASAS assessment, scheduled by appointment at TJACE.
  • Complete all funding assistance paperwork (if applicable) prior to enrollment.
  • Meet minimum essential functions and standards for program.

Program Information

Medication aide is the next step along the nursing pathway for nurse aides working in long-term care facilities. Expand your skills and scope of practice in this program. Instructional topics include pharmacology, routes of medication administration, safe administration storage and disposal of medications, infection control, documentation, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. Students gain hands-on experience in safely administering medications through various routes (ex: oral, eye, ear, nasal) and assisting patients in self-administration of select medications. Students must successfully complete a 20-hour offsite clinical experience to demonstrate skill competency.

Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Medication Aide (RMA) credential exam offered by the Virginia Board of Nursing (VBON). 

Contact Hours: 70