A medication aide is a person permitted by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) to administer medications to residents in:

  • Nursing facilities
  • Intermediate care facilities for individuals with an intellectual disability or related conditions
  • Correctional institutions
  • Assisted living (personal care) facilities

To be a medication aide in a licensed Texas facility, you must:

  • Read, write, speak and understand English
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be free of communicable diseases, and in suitable physical and emotional health to safely administer medications
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED

Applicants must be employed as certified nurse aides listed on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry in active status and currently employed in a facility licensed under Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 242 on class start date or employed on class start date as non-licensed direct care staff in a facility licensed under Chapter 247; a state supported living center or ICF/IID and have 90 days previous employment in the year preceding the class start date.

In order to become a medication aide, you must successfully complete the medication aide training program, which includes:

  • 100 hours of classroom instruction and training
  • 20 hours of returned skills demonstration laboratory
  • 10 hours of clinical experience, including clinical observation and skills demonstration under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse in a facility, and 10 hours in a return skills demonstration laboratory.

You also must take the medication aide examination, which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions that cover your knowledge of accurate and safe drug therapy.

Class schedule:

New Class Coming Soon!

Cost $750

To register for the class, students must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a licensed CNA working in Texas
  • Fill out a registration form
  • Have a valid driver's license and social security card
  • Be able to pass a background check