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How to Become a Certified Medication Aide in Arkansas

In 2005 the Arkansas Act 1423 of the legislative session approved the use of medication assistants that were trained and certified in the state nursing homes. Medication Assistants also known as a MA-C are first required to successfully finish an education program and pass a certification exam before being allowed to perform in the responsibility of Medication Assistant Certified in a nursing home.

In the United States Certified Medication Assistants operate in over 30 states. They have been proven effective in reducing the amount of medication errors in nursing facilities.  Arkansas nursing homes that utilize the use of CMAs will allow their nurses to spend more time and focus on residents. This can result in a better quality of care for nursing home residents.

Arkansas has contracted with Headmaster which is a testing agency they use for certified medication assistants as of May 2016. Students can use the following link to get information they will need on how to prepare for and take the state exam. Students can locate the application needed on this page and also a link to the Candidate Handbook.
http://hdmaster.com/testing/othertesting/arkansas_cma/AR_CMA_Home.htm

Once students have completed their Arkansas certified medication aide training and passed the exam, you will then be able to complete the application and submit it to the Board of Nursing.

http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/MedicationAssistants/Documents/MA-C_Endorsement_Packet.pdf

Becoming a CMA in Arkansas is a great choice for anyone that want to have a steady career choice for their future.  Those who work in the healthcare industry have more job security even in other states.  Certified Medication Assistants are needed all over the state in nursing homes, so there are several job opportunities available.  In order to become certified, the right education and training is essential.  There are classes that are available at several community and state colleges.

Approved Medication Assistant Programs in Arkansas

Arkansas State University – Mtn. Home
1600 So. College
Mtn. Home, AR 72653
Dianne Plemmons, Director
870-508-6183

College of the Ouachitas
Allied Health Science Dept.
#1 College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
Brenda Scott, Chair
501-337-5000, ext 1201

National Park Community College
101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Linda Castaldi, Director of Nursing
501-760-4222

Texarkana College
2500 No. Robison Rd.
Texarkana, AR 75599
(schooled in Texas, exam taken in Arkansas)
479-751-8824, ex 115