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Certified Nursing Assistant -Medications CNA‐M 

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Description of a CNA-M

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

CNA Work Settings and Populations Served

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


Hiring Requirements

A person must be listed as “active” on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Direct car Worker Registry (CNA Registry). 

A  background check and certain types of criminal convictions may prohibit employment as a CNA.   

A person may not work as a CNA if the CNA Registry shows they have a substantiated finding of abuse or neglect or misappropriation of property of a client, patient, or resident. 


  • Be certified as a CNA in Maine and active on the CNA registry 
  • Have completed 10th grade (or equivalent competency) 
  • Successfully complete the 120‐hour CNA-M Training Program 
  • Have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full‐time employment as a CNA 
  • Comply with your employer’s requirements for ongoing training and competency 


A person who is certified as a CNA-M can move into the following positions with additional training. Some career pathways include

  • LPN 
  • Medical Assistant 
  • Nursing Degree
  • MHRT‐1 
  • DSP 
  • CIPSS 
  • MHRT‐C