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Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) Registration

Program Overview

The Qualified Medication Aide Certification Program ensures that individuals meet the requirements for a Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) and are on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry. This program is administered by the Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Healthcare Education and Quality.

To be certified as a QMA an individual has to complete additional training and demonstrated competency while dispensing and passing medications and or applying/administrating treatments.  In addition, a QMA must obtain six (6) hours of medication related inservice education each year.  A QMA works under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse and can perform only procedures that are defined within the QMA scope of practice.

Announcements / Current News

Changes have been made regarding the QMA Certification procedure effective for 2018 renewals.   


Contact the Program

Indiana State Department of Health
Division of Healthcare Education and Quality
2 North Meridian Street, 4B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7442 (Long Term Care Receptionist)
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)

Aide Registry Program Manager
(317) 233-7351
(317) 233-7750 [Fax]

Report a Complaint or Incident to the ISDH

Report a complaint regarding a health care facility
Individuals can call or email to make complaints about care provided at any licensed or certified Indiana health care providers or suppliers.

Report an incident regarding a health care facility
The Incident Report Form is for health care facilities to notify the Indiana State Department of Health of a reportable incident pursuant to the ISDH Reportable Unusual Occurrence Policy.  The Incident Report Form is also for health care facility staff (nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, and hospice agencies) to report a reasonable suspicion of a crime against a resident pursuant to Federal regulations.  This form is not to be used to file a complaint.


Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) Training Sites


Application for Approval to Operate a Qualified Medication Aide Program 

Documentation of Qualified Medication Aide Practicum

Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) Record of Annual Inservice Training

Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) Scope of Practice

QMA Training Supply and Equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the qualified medication aide registration program. 

Becoming a Qualified Medication Aide

An individual must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have proof of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be in good standing as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) on the Indiana Aide Registry
  • Worked a minimum of 1,000 hours as a CNA within the last 24 months
  • Complete the 100 hour QMA Training Program
  • Pass a QMA written competency evaluation

Student nurse must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a nursing program
  • Have completed pharmacology or equivalent course
  • Must complete the 40 hours of supervised medication practicum
    (Note: student nurse are exempt from the 60 hours of classroom)
  • Pass the QMA written competence evaluation
  • Contact Ivy Tech Community College at 317-917-5948 or go to www.ivytech.edu/cna  to obtain an application

Out-of-state QMAs or equivalent must:

  • Provide proof of current and good standing in other state
  • Must be a CNA on the Indiana Aide Registry
  • Pass the written competence test
  • Contact Ivy Tech Community College at 317-917-5948 or go to www.ivytech.edu/cna  to obtain an application

Training Requirements to Become a Qualified Medication Aide

The QMA training program consists of at least 100 hours of training to include 60 hours of classroom instructions and 40 hours of supervised practicum. The training program must be approved by Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

Qualified Medication Aide Testing

Certified nurse aide (CNA) and qualified medication aide (QMA) competency evaluations are conducted through Ivy Tech Community College.  All CNA/QMA Competency Evaluation Applications should be sent to:

Ivy Tech Community College
CNA/QMA Testing
PO Box 1621
Indianapolis IN 46206

Ivy Tech Community College has a CNA/QMA Central Testing Office located in Indianapolis that processes all applications and schedules testing throughout the state.  Applications should only be sent to the above address.  This office is staffed by Central Coordinators.

The fee for both the written and skills test is $75.00.  A fee of $65.00 will be charged for only one test (written or skills).  Fees can be paid with facility checks, money orders, or credit cards.  No personal checks will be accepted.  Checks should be made payable to Ivy Tech Community College.
Any questions, please contact Ivy Tech at 317-971-5948.  Testing information is available at www.ivytech.edu/cna and www.ivytech.edu/qma

Aide Registry

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) Online Licensing System is used for the aide certification and registration programs.  Individuals renew their aide certification and registration through the PLA Online Licensing System.  Health care facilities and agencies can search the online system to verify an individual’s certification or registration.

Laws and Regulations

State Laws and Rules

Indiana Code 16-28-13  Criminal History Checks

Indiana Code 16-28-1-11; Qualified Medication Aides

410 IAC 16.2; Licensure of Health Facilities

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Indiana Register

Limited Criminal History Search