Take a Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour

Tour Graphic for NIACC Virtual Tour.


Medication Aide

The purpose of this course is to prepare individuals to safely administer nonparenteral medications in agencies/facilities licensed by DIA. The emphasis is on safe administration of medications and students are provided with classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences to assist in achieving the course competencies. Following satisfactory completion of the class and clinical components, students must successfully complete a state final exam to pass the course. This course is designated as a pass/no pass.


  • The applicant must be drug free and working in an agency/facility licensed by the Department of Inspections and Appeals.
  • Other requirements include: (1) If employed in a certified nursing facility: All applicants must be employed for at least six months by the facility sponsor, must be eligible on the Iowa Nurse Aide Registry and provide recommendation from the administrator in the facility in which they are employed. Facility agrees to provide RN supervised clinical; OR (2) A residential care facility 15 beds or larger, assisted living and other levels of care: provide documentation from administer of facility in which he/she is employed; Facility agrees to provide RN supervised clinical.
  • Aptitude for reading, writing, and mathematics.

At the time of enrollment each student must identify the RN who will supervise the validation of competencies in the clinical area.

Iowa Code requires all participants to satisfactorily complete the Prepare to Care Core module prior to taking the Medication Aide Course.

Required Course
HSC-179 Medication Aide 3 s.h.