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2014-2015 Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2022  
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certified Medicine Aide, Letter of Recognition

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Career Programs Building, Room 110, 240-500-2218

Award: Letter of Recognition

Total Credit Hours: 10 credit hours

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 ENG 099 
  • Completion of MAT 099 
  • 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 “Healthcare Provider” CPR certification
  • Completed Hepatitis waiver (if applicable) and Medical Expense form

Once students have the above documentation completed, an appointment for review of all completed documentation can be made with the Program Coordinator by calling 240-500-2218. Permission to register will be granted to those students with completed admission requirements.

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 termination from the Certified Medicine Aide program by the Director, Nursing Division 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 Conduct.

Fact Sheet

Program Requirements (10 credits)

Letter of Recognition Requirement (10 Credits)


Successful completion of the Certified Medicine Aide program at Hagerstown Community College does not guarantee certification or employment in a related health care occupation.

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.

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