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Certified Medication Technician (CMT) – Missouri

What is it?

A certified medication technician (CMT), also sometimes called a licensed medication aide (LMA) or certified medication assistant (CMA), plays a crucial role in healthcare settings by assisting with medication administration under the supervision of licensed nurses or pharmacists. They work in various healthcare environments, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and even in some outpatient clinics.

Here’s a breakdown of the key responsibilities of a certified medication technician:

Medication Administration:

  • Preparing medications: CMTs may prepare oral medications like tablets, capsules, and liquids according to a doctor’s orders, ensuring accurate dosages and following established protocols.
  • Administering medications: They administer medications to patients orally, topically, or through inhalation routes as instructed by a licensed nurse or pharmacist, following the five rights of medication administration: right patient, right medication, right dose, right route, and right time.
  • Monitoring patient responses: After medication administration, CMTs monitor patients for any adverse reactions or side effects, reporting any concerns to a nurse or pharmacist immediately.
  • Documenting medication administration: They accurately document the medications administered, dosage, route, and time of administration in patients’ medical records.

Additional responsibilities may include:

CMTs may assist with maintaining medication supplies by restocking medication carts and reporting any low stock levels.

In some cases, they may provide basic medication education to patients about their medications, including their purpose, dosage instructions, and potential side effects, always emphasizing the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional for any questions or concerns.

Depending on the work environment, CMTs may assist with other basic patient care tasks under the supervision of nurses or other healthcare professionals, such as taking vital signs or assisting with meal service.

* Salary Range

$33,200 - $42,950

(entry level – experienced)

* Regional Jobs Available

7483

(3 year forecast)

Length of Training

16 weeks

Type of Training

In Person

Is it Right For You?

Here are some essential skills and qualities for success as a certified medication technician:

  • Compassion and empathy: A genuine desire to care for others and understand their needs is essential.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy: Ensuring accurate medication preparation, dosage, and administration is crucial for patient safety.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: Effective communication with patients, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals is necessary.
  • Ability to follow instructions and adhere to protocols: Following established procedures and protocols meticulously is critical for safe medication administration.
  • Organizational skills and time management: Managing multiple tasks and medication schedules efficiently is vital.

Overall, certified medication technicians play a vital role in the healthcare system by supporting nurses and pharmacists in ensuring accurate and safe medication administration to patients. It’s a rewarding career path for individuals seeking to contribute directly to patient care and work in a dynamic healthcare environment.

* Pay Range Data: Occupational Employment Wages Statistics (OEWS). 2023-Q3.
* Demand: Forecast data is based off national projections provided by the BoLS and adapted for regional growth patterns by Chmura.

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