Medication Aide

Career Info

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows nursing assistants and orderlies earn $27,510 annually, or $13.23 hourly. Nursing assistants and orderlies provide basic care to patients, performing some of the same tasks as certified medication aides. These jobs will increase 11 percent through 2026, growth which is faster than the national average.


Registered Medication Aide. After successful completion of the Medication Aide course, students apply and pay the fee for registration as a Medication Aide to the Virginia Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing will review the application and provide a letter to practice as a Provisional Medication Aide for 120 days. The Board of Nursing will provide a letter to practice as a Registered Medication Aide after passing the written state certification exam.

About the Program

The course teaches basic pharmacology and the proper procedure for preparing, administering, maintaining and documenting medications. Students are also taught to facilitate client self-administration and assist with medication administration. This course meets requirements and is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Required Healthcare Orientation - Free

Healthcare Orientation Registration (required)

Orientation must be completed prior to the first day of class.

Admission Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of a staff training program in direct client care approved by the Department of Social Services, a nursing education program or an approved nurse aide education program – documentation provided prior to registration
  • A TB risk form is required before attending class  (Proof of 2 step TB Test in the last 12 months or the TB shot in the last 2 years is also accepted.)
  • Current immunization record including COVID and flu vaccines
  • Signed "Statement on Vaccines" Form
  • Healthcare Program Application – completed prior to first day of class
  • Essay Questions Form – completed prior to first day of class
  • Proof of attendance at BRCC Healthcare Orientation Session
  • Please print, complete, and submit this packet before registration (Please return forms in person or inquire about secure transmission due to the sensitive information contained on documents.):   Medication Aide Application Packet