- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must have a high school diploma or equivalency diploma.
- You must be listed on the State of Wisconsin CNA Registry as eligible to work in federally certified healthcare settings.
- You must have at least 2,000 hours of experience as a CNA in direct patient care within the last three years in a skilled nursing facility / nursing home. If your CNA work experience includes skilled nursing facility and other healthcare settings, you might be able to apply for a waiver through the State to take the medication aide class. Contact us for assistance.
- Within the last 90 days, you must have worked a minimum of 40 hours as a CNA in the skilled nursing facility with the residents to whom you will be administering medications during the clinical portion of the medication aide class.
- You must provide written verification from your employer of both the 2,000 hours and 40 hours worked requirement.
- You must provide four written letters of recommendations:
- Two from licensed charge nurses
- One from the director of nursing at the skilled nursing facility where you will be working during the clinical experience
- One from the administrator of the skilled nursing facility where you will be working during the clinical experience
- A registered nurse currently working at the skilled nursing facility or nursing home where the student will be completing the clinical portion of the training, must be willing and available to serve as a proctor and assist in the supervision and testing of the student.
- COVID-19 Vaccine: The clinical portion of this class is held at the student's employment site and thus falls under the requirements of the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Students must follow the vaccine protocol of their clinical site.
Medication Aide Classes
Advance your career with this state-approved medication aide class.
You must be currently working as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home) to be eligible to take this class. Not a CNA yet? Register to take the class.
The medication aide class is 100 hours total with 60 hours in an Institute classroom and 40 hours of clinical experience at the skilled nursing facility where you work. We also offer a four hour Medication Aide Refresher Class one to two times per year.
Administrators & Directors of Nursing:
Advance your CNAs to Medication Aides.
- Create a career ladder for your CNAs that rewards and supports their retention.
- Reduce your facility's dependency on professional nurses in this tough labor market.
- Allow your nurses to focus more on patient assessment and identifying/addressing changes in condition.
Certified Nursing Assistants:
Take the next step on the career ladder by becoming a medication aide.
- Gain knowledge and skills to proficiently complete medication administration in your nursing home.
- Grow your career and be rewarded for your expertise.
Advancing CNAs to medication aides has worked very well for us. Medication aides allow the nurse to focus more on patient assessment and identifying and addressing changes in condition. When the nurse was responsible for medication administration, as well as all the treatments, assessments, etc., we found their day revolved more around the medication pass, and they were not as focused on the actual patient.
Medication Aide Challenge Exam
The Healthcare Workforce Training Institute offers the Medication Aide Challenge Exam to certified nursing assistants that want to be recertified or to certified nursing assistant moving to Wisconsin from a different state. The WI Department of Health Services (DHS) requires approval prior to taking the Challenge Exam. Complete the application below and return to DHS. Upon being approved, DHS will notify the Healthcare Workforce Training Institute, and we will then contact you to schedule your one-hour exam. Learn more.
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$1,050 per person with a five-person minimum required to proceed with the class. If you need assistance paying for the class, your current or future healthcare employer may offer to help pay for all or a portion of the class. Contact your employer prior to registering for a class.
Medication Aide Refresher Class: $100 per person
This four hour refresh class is offered one to two times per year.
Per WI code, "To maintain medication aide status a medication aide must complete 4 hours of pharmacy related in-service and 100 hours of work each calendar year."
Class Fee Assistance
If you need assistance paying for the class, please consider the following options and resources:
- Your current or future healthcare employer may offer to pay for all or a portion of the class. Contact the employer prior to registering for the class.
- If you are a student, prior to registering for a class, contact your guidance counselor or program advisor to see if your school offers tuition assistance.
- WisCaregiver Career Programs
- Barron County Job Center
331 S Main St # 6 • Rice Lake, WI 54868 • (715) 234-6302
- Chippewa County Job Center
2829 County Highway I, Suite 2A • Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 • (715) 723-2248
- Eau Claire County Job Center
221 W Madison St, Suite 140-A • Eau Claire, WI 54703 • (715) 858-9675
- Trempealeau County Job Center
36084 Walnut St • Independence, WI 54747 • (715) 985-2118
- Other County Job Centers in WI
- West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc. (WEST CAP)
525 Second St • PO Box 308 • Glenwood City, WI 54013 • (715) 265-4271 or (800) 606-9227
Instructor Travel Fees
In order to successfully complete the medication aide class requirements, students must pass both the classroom and clinical portions. The clinical portion of the class is completed at the skilled nursing facility / nursing home where the student is employed, and this is where our class instructor will complete the required medication pass competency check-off with the student.
Our class instructors are able to travel up to 60 miles from Eau Claire to perform this competency check-off with no additional charge to the student. If the class instructor needs to travel more than 60 miles from Eau Claire, WI, the student (or their employer) will be required to cover the instructor's travel costs (including time, mileage, and lodging) if necessary. Email any questions to
Medication Aide : Refresher
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1405 Truax Blvd, 3rd Floor
Michele Anderson, RN
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, includes lunch break
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (NO CLASS the week of Thanksgiving)
1405 Truax Blvd, 3rd Floor
Bobby Scanlon, RN