certified medication aide

  • CNA students learn to take blood pressure
  • CNA student learns to put on protective gear
  • CNA students learn to make a bed with patient in it
  • CNA student learns to make a bed with patient in it

the next step up.

certified medication aides are the next step up the career ladder from cnas.

this course covers roles and responsibilities of a cma, including how to prepare, administer, and record medications, major actions and side effects, common medical abbreviations, how drugs affect the different systems of the body, mathematics, weights and measures.

the program is a blend of classroom work, practical skills training and clinical experience.

this course  includes 25 hours of clinical practice, and meets all requirements to become a cma in the state of kansas.

classes are available in the afternoons and evenings to work around students’ work schedules. 

prerequisites: nurse aide certification (cna), 18 years of age before last day of class, reading placement test, which is scheduled either by calling 785-309-3136 or online hereclear copy of driver’s license. clear copy of ss card.

you will learn

  • understand the purpose and concepts of long term care.

  • recognize patients’ rights and the legal implications of working in health care.

  • demonstrate/perform hands on skills for meeting patient needs.

  • demonstrate and practice infection control and blood borne pathogen precautions.

  • have knowledge of the certification requirements for the state of kansas.

  • demonstrate the ability to interpret and understand medical terminology.

  • demonstrate basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.

  • possess knowledge of disease prevention and health promotion.


  • hospitals

  • physician offices

  • long-term care

  • nursing homes

  • home health care


  • contact the health occupations specialist with any questions, or admission requirement information.

bekki ringle




lynn lapka is a registered nurse, earning her associate of applied science degree in nursing from kansas wesleyan university. 

mrs. lapka was an award-winning radio deejay personality/writer/producer before seeking a career in nursing.  she received all but one semester of her nursing training from belmont university in nashville, tn.   she has experience in home health and long-term care, as well as hospital and prison based health care.  she joined the salina tech allied health program in 2004 as an adjunct instructor.

lynn.lapka@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100