The Clarkson College Medication Aide course prepares students to provide routine medication by oral, inhalation, topical and instillation routes under the direct supervision of a caretaker or licensed health care professional. Common work environments for certified medication aides include nursing homes, assisted living centers, intermediate care facilities for the mentally disabled, schools, childcare settings or patient homes.

The Medication Aide course provides more than 40 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on practice of clinical skills related to the competencies set forth by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services required for medication administration. For more information, view the Medication Aide course syllabus.

Course Prerequisites

The course prerequisites are as follows:

  • Able to read, speak and write English.
  • Competent in basic mathematics skills.
  • High school diploma or successful completion of the general educational development (GED) test.
  • Proof of current certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider.
  • Successful completion of an approved Nurse Aide course (or its equivalent).
  • Proof of current placement on Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry (required prior to the start of the course).
  • 18 years of age or older.

Applicants need to be aware of the eligibility requirements for taking the state medication aide written examination and employment. Persons with a criminal record, substance abuse problems or health problems that would interfere with safe practices may be ineligible for state testing and/or employment. Anyone with an open court case should not register until that case is resolved. This does include misdemeanor traffic citations or anything requiring a court appearance.


Daytime and evening classes are available. Class sessions do not normally meet every day of the week.

Course Materials

"Nebraska Healthcare Association. Inc. (2010): Medication Aide Training (2nd ed.)." Textbook is provided at first class session and is included in course tuition.


$325 payable by cash, money order or credit card (VISA, MC, AE, Discover) at time of registration. Make checks payable to: Clarkson College Office of Professional Development. Course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Medication aide competency assessment (a $35 value)
  • Textbook (a $45 value)
  • Course handouts and materials

Course Completion Certificate

Students successfully completing the course receive a certificate of completion from Clarkson College and qualify to take the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Medication Aide written examination.


All class sessions are held at Clarkson College, located on 42nd and Douglas Streets in Omaha, Neb.

Cancellation Policy & Refund Information

If you cannot attend the Medication Aide course you registered for, you must fill out a Professional Development Drop/Cancellation form. Paperwork must be completed, signed and returned to the Professional Development office before you can be officially dropped from the class. You will be responsible for paying the course fee if you do not drop/cancel the course within the cancellation guidelines. The drop/cancellation refund schedule is as follows:

  • Drop/Cancellation form received five or more business days prior to the class start date will receive a refund minus a 10 percent withdrawal fee.
  • Drop/Cancellation form received four or less business days prior to the class start date will receive no refund.
  • A refund is not provided nor is a transfer allowed for failure to attend or not meeting course completion requirements.
  • All refunds will be sent to the payee address on file within 60 days.
  • If course fee was paid with a credit card, a refund is issued to the same credit card.

Third Party Payments

Students receiving aid from a third party source (i.e. Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.) are responsible for all tuition and late fees if payment is not made by the third party for whatever reason.