Certified Medication Aide

Certified medication aides provide services in assisted living facilities, comprehensive personal care homes and assisted living programs.

To be eligible for certification as a medication aide, you must be currently certified in New Jersey as a nurse aide, home health aide or personal care assistant. In addition, you must comply with the following:

  • Successfully complete a medication aide training program approved by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) before registering for the exam
  • Register for an exam within 3 months of completing of the training program
  • Pass the exam
  • Undergo a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)

If you do not pass the exam within six months of completing the training program, you will be required to retrain. To take the exam, you must provide proof that you have an active certification as a CNA, HHHA or PCA. Please bring your certificate with you to the exam.


New Jersey does NOT reciprocate with any other state’s medication aide program.


To recertify, you must be currently certified in New Jersey as a CNA, HHHA or PCA. Additionally, you must:

  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education, seminars or in-service training every two years certification period
  • Complete five hours of review of the fundamental principles, skills and knowledge for the task of medication administration.
  • Complete five hours of training on topics of current drug use relevant to the elderly.

The facility in which you work will keep records of your continuing education hours for at least one renewal period (two years). Medication aides should request copies of their continuing education records from facilities in the event that employment changes.

Lapsed Certification

If your certification has lapsed, please explain in writing why your certification has lapsed and include along with this information your:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Nurse Aide Certification Number
  • Certified Medication Aide Number
Reporting a Lost Certificate or Updating Information

Call PSI toll-free number at 1-877-774-4243.

Becoming a Certified Medication Aide Trainer

To provide a Medication Aide Training Course, you must:

  • Be currently licensed as a New Jersey Registered Professional Nurse in good standing.
  • Have at least 24 months of clinical experience including medication administration responsibilities, or at least two years’ experience teaching nursing courses, within the past five years.
  • Provide consultation/collaboration with a registered pharmacist.
  • Have completed the one-day orientation course “Train-the-Trainer” Workshop for NJ Registered Pharmacist and Professional Nurse within the past 5 years.
  • Submit all documentation of required credentials and professional experience to the New Jersey Department of Health, Assisted Living Program.
Last Reviewed: 6/20/2018