Academics

Medication Aide

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The Medication Aide course (HSC-179) prepares people to safely administer non-parenteral medications in nursing facilities and related areas. The emphasis is on safe administration of medications. It qualifies the aide to administer medications in long-term care, residential care, nursing, skilled, adult day care, and assisted living facilities. (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites:

  1. Must Be Employed In:
  • A certified nursing facility — minimum of 6 months employment by facility sponsor, must be on the Iowa Direct Care Workers Registry, and must provide documentation from administrator of facility in which he/she is employed; OR
  • A residential or related type of licensed facility — minimum of 6 months employment by facility sponsor, must provide evidence of successful completion of residential attendant course, and must provide recommendation from administrator of facility in which he/she is employed; OR
  • An assisted living program — minimum of 6 months employment by facility sponsor, must provide recommendation from administrator of facility in which he/she is employed, and have completed 75-hour Nurse Aide course or Residential Attendant course.
  1. Have aptitude for reading, writing, and mathematics.