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Medicine Aide Certification

Become a certified medicine aide or update your credentials through these noncredit courses at AACC.

These face-to-face continuing education courses are held evenings and weekends. Click on the course numbers below for more information.

NRN-325 – Medicine Aide
Certified nursing assistants with two years experience or geriatric nursing assistants with one year of experience currently employed in a Maryland LTC nursing home, become certified to administer medications to nursing home clients Learn about the recognition, safe preparation, and administration of medications. Textbook information available at College Bookstore.

NRG-388 – Medicine Aide Update
Certified medicine aides receive current information on state regulations, new drug and care procedures and commonly used medications.

What credentials will I earn?
Upon successful completion of NRN 325 Medicine Aide or NRG 388 Medicine Aide update, students receive a certificate valid for two years. Students who successfully complete NRN 325 Medicine Aide will also receive an AACC continuing education certificate.

Job Outlook
Employment of medicine aides is expected to grow 35 percent through 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. The earnings of medical assistants vary, depending on their experience, skill level, and location; however, average wage-and-salary is $26,000. 

Registration for NRN 325 – Medicine Aide

Step 1 -- Before you register you must have:

  • Two years experience as current certified nursing assistant (CNA) or a one year of experience as a geriatric nursing assistant (GNA)
  • A current CNA or GNA card (or print out from the MBON Web site)
  • Written recommendation from current employer on company letterhead and signed by the director of nursing

Step 2 -- Complete basic reading and math tests administered at one of AACC’s testing locations. Call 410-777-2375 for an appointment.

Step 3 -- Make an appointment and meet with the program coordinator who will review the required documentation listed above and determine eligibility for the course. To make an appointment, call 410-777-2560.

Step 4 -- Register in person at the Glen Burnie Town Center. (This can usually be done upon conclusion of your meeting with the program coordinator.) Check credit card and ATM cards accepted. 
    

Registration for NRG 388 – Medicine Aide Update   

Step 1 -- Before you register, you must have:

  • A certified medical assistant certificate
  • A current certified nursing assistant or geriatric nursing assistant card (or print out from the MBON Web site)
  • A letter on company letterhead, from the director of nursing at your place of employment indicating that you have worked for at least 100 hours as a medicine aide, 16 hours as a CNA, and eight hours as a GNA in a Maryland long-term care facility within the preceding two years

Step 2 -- Make an appointment and meet with the program coordinator who will review the required documentation listed above and determine eligibility for the course. To make an appointment, call 410-777-2560.

Step 3 -- Register in person at the Glen Burnie Town Center. (This can usually be done upon conclusion of your meeting with the program coordinator.) Check credit card and ATM cards accepted. 

   

Please note that, a background check for an additional fee of $48.50 is required for NRN-325  Medicine Aide. Instructions will be provided on the first day of class. 

For more information about AACC's medicine aide courses, contact Mar-Lynn Mickens in the school of Continuing and Professional Studies at 410-777-2560 or mmickens@aacc.edu.