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Certified Medication Assistant Program Code 305105

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is not eligible for financial aid.

The Certified Medication Assistant is a Certified Nursing Assistant employed in a nursing home who administers specific medications under the supervision of the nursing staff. The program provides an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge of standard practices related to administration of medications affecting multiple body systems.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following area:

Certified Medication Assistant: maintain employment as a Certified Medication Assistant in a nursing home.

Note

A preceptor is an RN at the nursing home where the student is employed. The preceptor acts as a mentor for the Medication Assistant student.
The vital role of the preceptor is to assist the learner in meeting the program outcomes. NWTC asks that the agency agree to the following requirements:
. While supervising students (maximum of 2 students) during the med pass, the preceptor will be dedicated to the med pass.
. Students will be assigned to the same wing/residents for the entire 40-hour clinical rotation.
. Med pass block of time is utilized for med pass skill development and medication education.
If your agency is unable to support these requirements, it is suggested you do not enroll students in this program.

Program Outcomes

. Define the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with the role of medication assistant.
. Identify factors that influence the effects of medications on the individuals.
. Utilize guidelines common to administration of all medications.
. Utilize knowledge of systems of measurement when administering medications.
. Administer medications safely and efficiently by selected routes.
. Identify effects of common medications on each body system.
. Describe the effects of normal aging on pharmacokinetics.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Be a current employee in a nursing home.
. Requirements for program entry must be completed prior to the start of the program.
. At least 18 years of age.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Be on the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Directory, with current Federal eligibility.
. Have at least 2000 hours experience in direct patient care within the last three years.
. Have worked a minimum of 40 hours, within the last 90 days, with the residents to whom the student will be administering medications.
. Submit a completed employer recommendation form. Available upon request.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 34; Reading Comprehension, 55: Sentence Skills, 60. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks are encouraged to contact an advisor or at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

The Certified Medication Assistant Technical Diploma is a 100-hour program that includes 60 hours of theory/lab, held at NWTC Green Bay Campus, and 40 hours of clinical, held at the nursing home where the student is employed. Upon graduation, a student will have completed three credits. Orientation will be done during the first class.

FIRST SEMESTER

30-510-301 Certified Medication Assistant
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
3

TOTAL CREDITS
3

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

30-510-301 CERTIFIED MEDICATION ASSISTANT....is a Certified Nursing Assistant employed in a nursing home who administers selected medications under the supervision of the nursing staff.