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Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Medication Assistant

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About This Program

A MA-C is a certified nursing assistant who obtains additional education and becomes certified by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to administer certain nonprescription and legend drugs in designated facilities.

Course Content

Content of the program includes a minimum of 45 hours of theory and 55 hours of clinical experience (15 hours in skills lab and 40 hours of supervised progressive experience giving medications in the nursing home setting).  


  • Renewed every two years

  • Requires 8 contact hours of continuing education related to medications

COVID-19 Vaccinations

ASUMH does not mandate that students who are enrolled in Health Science programs receive a COVID-19 vaccine series (and any recommended boosters), but they are strongly encouraged to do so. However, the clinical facilities that partner with ASUMH establish their own worksite policies, and they may require that faculty members and students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to work in the facility or be assigned to specific areas. Therefore, students electing not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine series or boosters may not be able to complete program requirements, which will result in non-progression through the program.  Clinical facilities may also request information regarding COVID vaccination status for any student and faculty assigned to the site. 

Requirements to Enroll in Course

  1. Currently listed in good standing on the state's certified nurse aide registry;

  2. Maintained registration on the state's certified nurse aide registry continuously for a minimum of one (1) year. 

  3. Completed at least one (1) continuous year of full-time experience as a certified nurse aide in this state; 

  4. Currently employed at a designated facility;

  5. Achieved high school diploma or the equivalent.

Students must: 

  1. Apply to ASUMH

  2. Contact Sarah Smith: for a program application.

Contact Info

Emily Akins
(870) 508-6365

Skills Learned

Administer non-prescription and legend drugs by the approved medication routes, when delegated by a licensed nurse, to no more than 40 patients during a shift.
Document medications administered.

Job Opportunities In

The MA-C can only administer medications in nursing homes in Arkansas.
Tuition Per Credit Hour
Program Duration
Credit Hours
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Classes You'll Take

7 credit hour Certified Nursing Assistant Medical Assistant course

Related Degree Options

Transferable Degrees & Stackable Credentials
Transferrable degrees are programs of study that allow students to complete general education courses. Many students who intend to transfer to another college/university complete these degree programs.
Stackable Credentials are Technical Certificates that might be “stacked” to meet requirements for a higher-level certificate or degree program like an associate's degree.
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  BIOL 2004 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab
  BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab
CIS 1053 Computer Essentials
COMM 1203 Oral Communication
ENG 1003 Composition I
ORT 1001 First Year Experience for Funeral Science
Admission acceptance status made at application due date is contingent on final grades.
Important Disclosures about the Program and the Funeral Service Industry
I understand the program has a specific course rotation that I am required to follow each semester.
I understand that all Funeral Science Education curriculum course work must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
I understand that I must maintain a 2.5 GPA and will only be allowed to retake courses from which I withdrew or failed in the first semester upon admission to the program.
I understand that I am responsible for any costs associated with the program including field trips and Training Camp.
I understand that it is my responsibility to know the licensing requirements for any state in which I intend to practice.
I understand that students who have previously been convicted of a crime may be restricted from certain clinical facilities and may be ineligible for some state licenses.
I understand that students who have a physical disability should contact the state in which he/she plans to seek licensure to determine if the disability will affect licensure.
I understand that a current driver’s license is required prior to enrolling in a clinical or practicum course.
I have read and understand the program dismissal policies contained within the Funeral Science Student Handbook.

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