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Medicine Aide

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Program Description

This course trains certified Geriatric Nursing Assistants (GNA) in the proper techniques, principles, and procedures for safe administration of non-parental medications.  Topics include: drug categories; side effects; legal responsibilities; drug dosage forms; mathematical computations necessary for the safe and accurate administration of oral and topical medications.  Supervised clinical experiences are provided.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Career Opportunities:

Certified Geriatric Assistants can advance their career by becoming a Certified Medicine Aide in a long-term facility.

Program Length

6 weeks

Course is held in the evening starting in April and October at CCBC Essex.

Program Requirements

Must be a certified Geriatric Nursing Assistant in good standing with the Maryland Board of Nursing; must provide a letter of recommendation from their Director or Assistant Director of Nursing on organization letterhead; and must provide a resume showing at least 2 years of current employment as GNA.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Must make an appointment and meet with the Coordinator, and provide GNA and employment verification, for acceptance into the class.

Program Course Sequence

1.  Medicine Aide Training: AHE 128

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Administering Medications – Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals; 8th Edition; McGraw Hill; ISBN 978-0-3513751; $129.35


Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $830 (Tuition-$300/Fees-$530)
  • Textbook/Materials: $129.35

Program Contact Information

Administrative Assistant:  

Nancy Laubach                 



Essex, HTEC 001


Aimee King, RN                



Essex, HTEC 013D

Financial Aid and Payment Options:

Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)

Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities

Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Local Office of Workforce Development


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