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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2019-2020 Catalog 
    Oct 27, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certified Medicine Aide, Letter of Recognition

Purpose: This sequence of courses qualifies the successful student to be registered with the Maryland State Board of Nursing as a Certified Medicine Aide.

Curriculum: Course content includes medical pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, indication and dosage, preparation and administration and interactions. The program consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences.

Admission Requirements:

  • College placement tests in English and math (Students must contact the Testing Center to complete)
  • Completion of RDG 095  
  • Test above the minimum placement score in Math
  • Students wishing to register for the NUR 122 - Medicine Aide  course are required to show proof of the following as required by the Maryland State Board of Nursing:
    • Applicants must be a Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) in good standing with the Maryland State Board of Nursing, with one-year GNA experience totaling 2,000 hours in a Maryland comprehensive care facility, or a Maryland extended care facility within the last 3 years
    • Proof of current GNA certification
    • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current Director of Nursing that includes verification of hours worked

Final Acceptance:

  • Students must successfully pass a drug screen and criminal background check
  • Students must be able to meet the program’s technical standards
  • Satisfactory completion of a health examination record and all required tests and immunizations
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR certification
  • Completed Hepatitis waiver (if applicable) and Medical Expense form

Course requirements will be reviewed at first class. Students will need to withdraw if requirements are not met. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator at 240-500-2218.

Program Requirements: Students practice skills and procedures in the college laboratory. All students must receive a minimum grade of 80% in the theory portion of the course. Students must also receive a mark of satisfactory in the skills laboratory to advance to clinical experience. Students are required to successfully pass the clinical experience in order to pass the course. Students who receive a final mark of unsatisfactory in the clinical laboratory or clinical experience, despite a passing theory grade, will not be permitted to complete the program and will receive a final grade of “F” for the course.

Students who do not meet program or course standards that result in dismissal from the Certified Medicine Aide program are not eligible for readmission. This includes students who cannot meet safety standards, and students who violate the college’s Honor Code and Standards of Student Conduct.

Fact Sheet

Program Requirements (10 credits)

Letter of Recognition Requirement (10 Credits)

Additional Program Requirements

Criminal Background Checks

All students in the CMA program will be required to complete a criminal background check. A separate criminal background check may also be required by a clinical site prior to beginning a clinical experience. Criminal background check results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. If a student is denied access by a clinical site because of the background check, and as a result, cannot meet program requirements, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Technical Standards

There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.