Medication Aide

Course Description

This NC Board of Nursing approved course is designed to meet the training requirements to become qualified as a Medication Aide. It will cover the six rights of medication administration for non-licensed personnel. Topics will include medication administration via the oral, topical and instillation routes, medical asepsis, hand hygiene, terminology and legal implications. Upon completion, students should be prepared to take the competency exam and demonstrate skills necessary to qualify for listing on the North Carolina Medication Aide Registry. 24 Hours (No Clinical)

Note: The course is not a Med Tech training program. For information regarding the Med Tech requirements for Adult Care Homes go to

Medication Aide Classes


  • Successful completion – Math and Reading placement tests (or approved equivalent.  Contact the Health Education Department for verification of equivalent scores/classes.  336.734.7733)
  • High School Diploma/GED/High School Transcript or College Diploma/College Transcript (showing graduation date)
  • Picture ID and Social Security card with matching names
  • Documentation of successful completion of a state approved NAI course in the past 2 years or 3-6 months direct patient care experience with a letter of recommendation on letterhead from an RN who supervised student’s work (within the past 2 years).
  • Absences/tardiness are not allowed

To pursue Medication Aide position in a Skilled Nursing facility,
current state NAI Registry certification is required.

Estimated Cost

  • Registration: $70.00
  • Parking Permit Fee: $25
  • Lab Fee: $5.00
  • Total (approximate): $100.00 + Books
  • Book:
    • Medication Administration – A Medication Aide Training Course

Contact the bookstore (336.734.7754) for current textbook prices.

Not Included: State Certification Exam ($55.00)

For state certification information visit (Scroll to NC Nursing Assistant and Medication Aides)

* all prices subject to change