Registered medication aides (RMA) supervise patients as they administer their own medication, ensuring that all prescriptions are taken properly and that dosage instructions are followed. RMAs also observe patients, noting any changes to their appearance or behavior, and answer questions about medications from patients and family members. Registered medication aides administer medication to patients per doctors’ prescriptions, observing correct times to dispense these medications. This includes dispensing oral, topical, and other types of medication.
To become a Registered Medication Aide you must be a Nurse's Aide, Personal Care Aide or Direct Care Staff. This is a 68 hour class that is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Completing this course will enable you to work in a group home and/or assisted living setting.