Medication Administration Aide Training Program

GTCC offers a Medication Administration Aide course for Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) who have an active listing on the nurse aide registry. This course provides a wonderful opportunity for career enhancement to nurse aides who are interested in working in skilled nursing facilities as a medication aide.

This course is designed to meet training requirements for the North Carolina Board of Nursing Medication Aide Certification. The training prepares Nurse Aides to administer medications to long term care residents. Course topics include scope of duties; legal and ethical responsibilities; administration of medications by various routes; infection control; and documentation including commonly used abbreviations.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and are then eligible to take the state competency exam administered under NC Division of Health Services Regulation.

If you have questions or you would like to receive information by email, please complete the contact form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Medication Aide is employed in a long term care/skilled facility and must also be listed on the Nurse Aide 1 Registry. Therefore a requirement for course enrollment is that the student is an NA 1 with active listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide 1 registry.

Note: Medication Aides who pass medications in long term/skilled nursing facilities should not be confused with Medication Technicians who pass medications in adult care settings such as assisted living or group homes.

On first day of class you MUST present the following:

  • Documentation that you are currently listed on the North Carolina Nursing Assistant Aide Registry. You may access and print this information from the website at
  • Copy of current driver’s license or ID card or Passport
  • Original signed non-laminated Social Security Card
  • Required textbook purchased from the campus bookstore where you will be attending the class. 

No classes available at this time.  Please email Amy Byerly at to request being added to email database to stay informed of future classes.

To register online (American Express, MasterCard, Visa & Discover):

1. Search for courses by entering part of the title (example: “medication”) or the course code with dashes (example: NUR-3290-???) in the Search for Courses box above.

2. When viewing the list of courses, you can click on the column headings to sort by that column. Click the Select button for the course so that it is put into the Selected Courses (Shopping Cart).

3. When you have finished selecting your course, click the Register button.

4. On the next form, you will be required to enter personal identification details including address, phone, social security number and email.

5. To complete your registration, you will be required to pay for your selection using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

To register in person at one of our campuses, the hours and locations for registration are as follows:

Jamestown Campus:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Bldg.

Greensboro Campus:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; CLOSED ON FRIDAY in the Continuing Education Center (CEC) Bldg.

High Point Campus:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; CLOSED ON FRIDAY in the (H1) Bldg.

The registration fee for this course is $78.00. Financial Aid is not available for the class as it is a non-credit certificate course. 

The required textbook will cost $39.60 with tax and must be purchased from the campus bookstore where you will be attending the class.

NOTE:  The sitting fee for the state exam will be an additional $59.00 and is not included in the registration fee and other fees listed above.  Also, students must wait 13 calendar days after graduation to take this exam.

  • This course is only 24 hours and students are not permitted any absences.  This is a Board of Nursing rule, not a GTCC rule.  If you will need to be absent on one of the scheduled class days, you are encouraged to wait to register for a future course.
  • You will be given one multiple-choice question exam. You must make a score of 80% or higher.  On the Medication Administration skill exam, you must score 100% on the critical elements and 80% on non-critical elements.
  • You must be able to accept constructive criticism, control your temper and follow directions carefully.
  • Unprofessional or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Disrespectful, interruptive, disruptive, impatient behavior toward the instructors, fellow students, staff or clinical staff will not be tolerated at any time.
  • You will be dismissed during any portion of this class should your reaction be inappropriate at any time.
  • You may be dismissed if the RN Instructor suspects you are a safety risk in clinical due to a student physical or behavioral issues.
  • You may be dismissed if you are caught cheating, suspected of alcohol or drug use on campus or before class.
  • You will be dismissed for fighting, or for the use of profanity or demonstrating an attitude that would frighten a patient such as loud, raised, angry voices.
  • If you are dismissed from a class for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund.

  1. Disability Services – The NA 1 Departmental Staff want all students to be successful.  If you have any special needs, please contact the Disability Access Services department prior to starting your class so that arrangements can be made for the first day.  Please call 334-4822 ext. 50113. 
  2. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or (ESL) – If you feel you need assistance with comprehension of the English Language, you may call 334-4822 ext. 53107.  This is highly encouraged prior to enrolling in an NA 1 course.
  3. Learning Resource Centers – As a student in the NA 1 training program, you have access to the Learning Resource Centers on all three campus locations.
  4. Veterans’ Center – If you think you are eligible for VA/Military Education Benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL1 or 888-442-4551.  Eligibility is ultimately determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, not GTCC.  For additional information, you can contact Flora Taylor at 334-4822 ext. 50521. 

Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these to your Instructor or any member of the NA Training Program Administration. Thank you for your service to our country.

For questions: call Amy Byerly at 336-334-4822 Ext. 53062 or email Make sure you asked to be added to our email database for the latest course posting to be sent to you.

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