Many students wonder, “What is the difference between a CNA and a CMA?”
Here’s the answer:
Certified Nursing Assistant Description
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 ability, but issues of liability and legality prevent CNAs from performing certain procedures.
Certified Medication Aide Description
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.
Because of the increased training involved, there is also a difference in pay. In the Omaha, NE area CNAs have an average salary of $30,000, while full-time CMAs generally make about $25,000 a year. If you get a double certification as a CNA and CMA, your salary could jump to $35,000.
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.
Learn more about the CNA requirements here.
Learn more about the CMA requirements here.