Medication Aide Online + Lab Course

The Clarkson College Medication Aide Online + Lab 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 Online + Lab course provides more than 40 hours of instruction and hands-on clinical skills practice related to the competencies set forth by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services required for medication administration.

Course Prerequisites

The course prerequisites are as follows:

  • Able to read, write, speak and understand English.
  • Competent in basic mathematics skills.
  • High school diploma or successful completion of the general educational development (GED) test.
  • 18 years of age or older.

Applicants should 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. If you are involved in an open court case, you should not register for the course until the case is resolved. This includes misdemeanor traffic citations or anything requiring a court appearance.

It is highly recommended that individuals complete a nurse aide course prior to starting the Medication Aide course


The theory portion of the medication aide course is provided online over 4 weeks. There is one mandatory scheduled in-person lab session on the Clarkson College campus.

Students must complete reading assignments, log on to the online course, and submit tests on time.

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Students must actively participate in a minimum of 40 hours online in the Medication Aide Online + Lab Course. This includes reading, reviewing lecture & skills videos, activities, quizzes and tests.
  • A grade of 80% or better is required to pass the course.
  • Students must attend one mandatory lab session and pass the skills check.
  • A score of 80% or better on the competency assessment written test is required to pass.

Course Materials

Nebraska Healthcare Association Medication Aide Training 2017 (4th ed) is the required textbook. ISBN 978-1-7363199-0-1 The textbook is included with the course tuition. Clarkson College Professional Development has textbooks available to be picked up at Clarkson College. Approximately 2 weeks before the course begins, students will receive an email inviting them to set up an appointment to pick up the textbook, sign paperwork, & take a short tour. Students are required to have their own textbook prior to starting the online course.


$325 payable by cash, money order, or credit card (VISA, MC, Discover) at the time of registration. Course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Textbook (a $75 value)
  • Course handouts and materials
  • Lab sessions conducted by medication aide instructor
  • Medication aide competency assessment (a $50 value)

Course Completion Certificate

Students who successfully complete 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 lab and competency assessment sessions are held at Clarkson College, located on 42nd and Douglas Streets in Omaha, Neb.

Cancellation Policy & Refund Information

If you cannot participate in 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 officially drop the course. You will be responsible for paying the course fee if you do not drop/cancel 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 participate 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.

Professional Development Office

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

Professional Development Office
101 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2739
PH 402.552.3396 or 402.552.6148 TF 800.647.5500

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