New Career Path: Medication Aide!

Alabama residents who want to start a career in healthcare have a new program to consider at Alabama’s community colleges. The Medication Aide training program can be completed in a matter of weeks and prepares students to administer routine medications to patients in nursing facilities, assisted living environments, correctional institutions and more. The career path is similar to that of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, giving students the opportunity to work under licensed nurses who can train you to move up even further in your career goals! Following the successful completion of training, candidates for certification apply to the Alabama Board of Nursing to be certified through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Training includes:

60 hours of classroom training and 40 hours of clinical training for a total of 100 hours. Successful completion of the course qualifies candidates to take the Medication Assistant Certification Exam.

Program Costs:

Costs vary by college, contact your local community college utilizing the information below for more information.


Students who want to begin this line of work will need a satisfactory criminal/consumer background check and drug screen and be at least 17 years of age by the program’s completion.

Dr. Bryant C. Cline, MS, BS
Director of Health Programs
(334) 293-4529

Medication Aide Training Program Locations:

CollegeContact NamePhoneEmail
Bevill State Community CollegeAl Moore205-648-3271,
ext. 5405
Bishop StateDave
Calhoun Community CCommunity CollegeDiane
Central Alabama Community CollegeDr. Jennifer
Chattahoochee Valley Community CollegeDr. Shirley
Coastal Alabama Community CollegeDr. Jean
Coastal Alabama Community College
Coastal Alabama Community College
Drake State Community CollegeBob
Enterprise State Community CollegeLeah Shiver334-347-2623,
ext. 2209
Gadsden State Community CollegeAlan
Jeff State Community CollegeLeah
Jeff State Community College (Clanton)
Lawson State Community CollegeTommyy
Lurleen B Wallace Community CollegeMrs. Jennifer
Northeast Community CollegeDr. Mike Kennamer256-228-6001,
ext. 2291
Northwest Shoals Community CollegeMark
Reid State Technical CollegeDr. Coretta Boykin251-578-1313,
ext. 137
Shelton State Community CollegeNicole
Snead State Community CollegeTeresa
Southern Union State Community CollegeRhonda
Trenholm State Community CollegeDanny
Wallace (Dothan)Joe
Wallace SelmaDr. Sarah
Wallace State (Hanceville)Suzanne
Bevill State Community CollegeAl Moore205-648-3271,
ext. 5405
Shelton State Community CollegeNicole