CNA vs CMA: What is the Difference?

Many students wonder, “What is the difference between a CNA and a CMA?”

CNA vs CMAHere is the answer, with a few more questions:

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The individual who carries this title needs a strong work ethic and a passion to care for others. 

What is a Certified Medication Aide (CMA)?

A certified medication aide, or CMA, administers routine oral medications and is responsible for monitoring a patient’s vitals and behavior while on medication. 

So What is the Difference?

The first difference comes with time requirements to get your certification. A Certified Nursing Assistant Certification requires 76 hours of curriculum and training, while it only takes 40 hours to get a CMA Certification.

Both of these training programs will prepare the student for work in a health care facility (e.g. Assisted Living, nursing facility, hospital) or in a residential setting (e.g. in-home care), but CNAs also have the opportunity to work within doctor offices and hospitals.

The last area that differs between these two titles are the salary levels. In general, CNAs make more because they have more training. But that is not always the case. Information about CNA salary estimates can be found here. And the salary levels of a CMA can be found here.  

Learn more about the CNA requirements here.

Learn more about the CMA requirements here.