Challenging the Kentucky Medication Aide Exam

Individuals from other states that hold a medication aide credential and nursing students may be allowed to challenge the Kentucky Medication Aide test without taking the KY Medication Aide course. 

Individuals holding a medication aide credential from another state must have completed a training course that is equivalent or exceeds the KY course requirement of 105 hours.  If the course you took is less than 105 hours, you will not be allowed to challenge.  If the course you took is equivalent or exceeds 105 hours, please send your inquiry to denise.welch@kctcs.edu.  

Nursing Students:

Due to the declared state of emergency, there have been several inquiries in our office related to challenges to the KY Medication Aide (KMA) state test.

There has been confusion related to the acceptance of simulated clinicals for nursing programs.  

Simulated experiences are not an approved alternative to “live” medication passes in a healthcare facility during a clinical rotation.

It is mandatory for all challenge students to provide written documentation from their nursing faculty stating the student has had the opportunity to perform medication passes in a healthcare facility during a clinical rotation. 

In addition, you will be required to submit your unofficial transcript and the syllabus from all pharmacology classes.  If the pharmacology class did not include a clinical rotation in a healthcare facility, please include the syllabus from the nursing course that did include the opportunity to perform medication passes in a healthcare facility during a clinical rotation.

Please submt all documentation for review to denise.welch@kctcs.edu.