Career Pathways

Certified Nursing Assistant – Medications (CNA-M)

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Description of a CNA-M

A Certified Nursing Assistant – Medications (CNA-M) performs all functions of  CNAs, plus provides medication administration performed under the direction of an on‐site supervisory nurse.

CNA-M Work Settings and Populations Served

  • Works in a variety of settings, including nursing facilities, assisted living settings, psychiatric settings, county jails & state correctional institutions, physicians’ offices, and residential care/ adult day programs
  • Administers selected non‐injectable medications to patients 4 years of age or older

Hiring Requirements

A person may not be hired as a CNA‐M if that person has ever

  • Convicted of a crime involving abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property in a health care setting
  • The subject of a complaint involving abuse or neglect or misappropriation of property if the complaint was substantiated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and entered on the CNA Registry
  • Convicted within the last 10 years for sexual misconduct, or abuse, neglect or exploitation in a setting other than a health care setting
  • Convicted within the last 10 years for a crime that was punishable by 3 or more years in prison


Be at least 16 years old

Have completed 10th grade (although a high school diploma or GED is preferred)

Successfully complete the 180-hour CNA Training Program

Have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time employment as a CNA

Completed the Standardized Medications Course of Certified Nursing Assistants

Comply with your employer’s requirements for ongoing training and commpetency




A person who is working as a CADC can move into the following positions with additional education:

Health Services:

  • LPN
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Degree

Human Services:

  • MHRT-I
  • DSP
  • MHRT-C