Certified Medication Assistant

Welcome to Lifework Education, where we empower healthcare professionals to reach new heights in their careers. Our Certified Medication Assistant (CMA) program is tailored for Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA's) like you, providing specialized training that opens doors to expanded responsibilities and increased job opportunities.

Certified Medication Assistant

This course provides basic background information and routine procedures that are essential for the safe administration of selected medications by experienced licensed nursing assistants in long-term and skilled care facilities. Content includes basic principles of medication administration, simple calculations, and categories of medications. Successful completion of the course and a “pass” on both the written and manual skills exam administered by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) will meet the qualifications to become a certified medication assistant (CMA) and administer medications under the provisions of A.R.S. §32-1650, (Certified medication assistants; medication administration; delegation, at a long-term care facility under the supervision of a licensed nurse).

COST: $1600

Start Dates 
May 6 to June 28
August 5 to September 27
October 28 to December 20


The program includes 100 hours of comprehensive learning, with a minimum of 40 hours dedicated to didactic study and 20 hours of hands-on skills lab experience. Students must pass a skills lab evaluation before administering medication to residents. The program also emphasizes clinical practice, providing 40 hours of hands-on clinical experience. By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the role of certified medication assistants in Arizona and will be well-versed in medication administration principles and nursing assistant care considerations. The course spans over a period of 8 weeks, meeting 2 days per week for 4 hours each day.


To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

- Currently employed as a CNA for at least 6 months, and in good standing.

- Must be a current License Nursing Assistant (LNA) with the Arizona Board of Nursing.

- Have a minimum of 6 months of experience working as a LNA/CNA  with no outstanding complaints or restrictions on your certification.

- Must be at least 18 years old.

- Pass a math and reading comprehension test.

- Undergo a criminal background check, as well as drug screening. 



Upon successful completion of the course, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of certified medication assistants (CMAs) in Arizona. This includes an understanding of allowable acts, conditions, and restrictions. They will be equipped to discuss key principles, terminology, laws, and drug references relevant to medication administration. Students will have a solid grasp of the principles of medication action and medication administration, along with nursing assistant care considerations for clients of all ages. They will demonstrate proficiency in accurately calculating medication dosages and promoting safe medication administration in healthcare facilities.

Completion Requirements

Requirements for Successful Completion:

- Achieve a cumulative average of at least 80% on classroom exams 

- Complete all online activities and class assignments.

- Obtain a score of 80% or higher on the written final exam.

- Attain a score of 80% or higher on the skills final exam.

- Fulfill all classroom and clinical hours.

- Successfully pass the clinical experience.

Course Schedule

Sante of Scottsdale Location Start Dates 
  • May 6 to June 28
  • August 5 to September 27
  • October 28 to December 20

Classes meet Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 2:30pm

After completion of 60 hours of classroom and skill hours there will be 40 hours of clinical rotations to complete at a Long-term care facility. There will be five (5) eight-hour clinical days, 6:00am to 2:30pm.

Those days, times and location are scheduled with your instructor when you qualify and will be completed within 45 days of the end of the classroom phase.

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Why Lifework?

Lifework is the leader in short-term healthcare training in Arizona. Alumni from Lifework can be found in practically every hospital, lab, and healthcare facility around the state and country. With decades of experience, wonderful instructors and friendly staff, Lifework is the right choice for you.



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We offer several professional training programs, including EMT, CNA, Caregiver, and phlebotomy, all of which are approved by the relevant state agencies. Currently, only the paramedic program is included under the ABHES grant of accreditation.

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