Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

Job Summary:

Provide quality care to individuals keeping within certification. Support nursing staff in completion of related duties. Responsible for advocating for individuals to assure their needs are being met and they are receiving supports and services to assist them in achieving their goals and objectives as defined within their Individual Plan. Support, encourage, and enhance individual’s self-respect, personal dignity, and safety.


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Oklahoma CMA certification
  • Minimum of High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must possess a valid Oklahoma Driver’s License and have a good driving record
  • Must maintain personal vehicle insurance and have reliable transportation
  • Ability to support and interact with individuals in a humanistic and professional manner
  • Ability to observe changes in individuals conditions
  • Ability to accept responsibility and act independently, realizing that errors may have serious consequences
  • Ability to organize effectively
  • Clear criminal record (no felony, violent misdemeanor, or active warrant of any kind)

Major Responsibilities

  • At the beginning of the shift, obtain a report from the person you are relieving to complete necessary related duties and paperwork.
  • Complete accurate charting of all medications administered, treatments completed as it relates to the condition of individuals and perform accurate set-up and dispensing of medications and treatments as prescribed by client physician.
  • Responsible for supervising all self-medication programs to ensure that individuals are following routine as prescribed by physician.
  • Observe and report symptoms and conditions of individuals served to the DON and the accurate completion of medical records.
  • In case of accident/injury, or other medical emergencies, assure that the appropriate administrative staff has been promptly notified.
  • Responsible for administering emergency First Aid.  Responsible for directing all staff and individuals during an emergency situation, i.e., fire, tornado, etc.
  • Responsible for answering the telephone with courtesy, relaying messages properly.
  • Maintain ongoing knowledge of Individual Plan goals and objectives and provide related training and interaction to support continuous active treatment and achievement of outcomes.
  • Staff should always respect the privacy and dignity of individuals while assisting with medication.
  • Provide supervisor with information concerning individuals needs and/or changing condition or any problems pertaining to medications, behaviors, etc.
  • Report any suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals served in accordance to agency policies.
  • Responsible for strict adherence to posted work schedules providing reasonable notice if regular scheduled work is to be missed.
  • Responsible for accurately maintaining personal time sheets, assuring that they meet established guidelines and are turned into supervisor as scheduled.
  • Responsible for attendance at and completion of all required training including scheduled in-service training and initial required training within established timeframes.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a working knowledge of Gatesway’s Policies and Procedures, Title XIX Regulations.
  • Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of individuals’ records and all other information regarding the individuals and his/her family.
  • Responsible for completion of related job duties as requested by supervisor.
  • Responsible for knowing and following the procedure for ordering medications.
  • Competent to perform breast self-exam and testicular self-exam on individuals.
  • Competent to perform vital signs including pain screening and weight screening every month or as needed.
  • Assist individuals and other direct care staff with activities of daily living when time allows.
  • Will perform and complete all duties specified by CNA/DDCA job description when not working in the capacity of a CMA (i.e. passing medications to clients).

Essential Physical Functions

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Physical Requirements

  • Lifting and moving (e.g. adult service recipients from wheelchair to bed)
  • Lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Pulling (e.g. van doors, people using wheelchairs into elevators)
  • Pushing (e.g. people using wheelchairs)
  • Flexing (e.g., reaching)
  • Bending and Crouching