This is a 52 hour course consisting of 42 hours of classroom lecture, a one day in-person lab, followed by a minimum of 12 hours of clinical experience. The purpose of the course is to prepare people to safely administer non parenteral medications in nursing facilities and related areas. The emphasis is on the safe administration and students are provided with classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to assist in achieving course competencies.
In order to take this course, the applicant must be drug free and working in a nursing, residential or related type of facility licensed by the DIA. Other requirements include:
- If employed in a certified nursing facility:
- All applicants must be employed for at least six consecutive months by the facility sponsor.
- Must be eligible on the Iowa Nurse Aide Registry.
- Provide a letter of approval/recommendation for participation from the facility administrator in which they are employed and supporting documents prior to the first day of class.
- Residential Care Facility (15 beds or larger), Assisted Living and other levels of Care:
- Provide a letter of approval/recommendation for participation from the facility administrator in which they are employed and supporting documents prior to the first day of class. All applicants must have an aptitude for reading, writing and mathematics.
- All applicants must satisfactorily complete the Prepare to Care Core Module prior to taking the Medication Aide Course and provide verification of successful completion.
- The Prepare to Care Core module is provided free online by Iowa Care Givers Association and can be found at https://directcare.training-source.org or through face-to-face offerings provided by the community colleges for a fee.
- Student is responsible for providing Certificate of Completion of the Prepare to Care Module, Nurse Aide Certificate, as well as Facility Sponsor Letter by the first class session. A student who has not provided all necessary paperwork by the second class session will be asked to withdraw from the course.
- All facilities are required to identify the RN responsible for supervision of clinical hours.
- The facility must provide a minimum of 12 hours of RN supervised clinical and provide the name of the RN designated to supervise the clinical experience prior to the start of the course.
Candidates successfully completing the Mediation Aide course and clinical will be required to complete the final exam at the NIACC testing center in Mason City, IA
Course # 16021
Course # 16022
Please call the Continuing Education Office 641-422-4358 to register.