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Certified Medication Assistant Technical Diploma

Program Code: 305105

This program will prepare students to administer medications to residents in a nursing home. The Medication Assistant program consists of classroom and laboratory instruction and supervised practice in a nursing home. After completing this program, students will meet state requirements for the Medication Assistant Registry. Employers or individuals interested in this certificate must email carolyn.debaker@nwtc.edu or call (920) 498-6985.

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.
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Getting Started:
  • To take this class you must be a current employee in a nursing home, be on the State of WI Nurse Aide Directory and have at least 2000 hours experience in direct patient care within the last three years. Employers or individuals interested in this certificate must email carolyn.debaker@nwtc.edu.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: This competency-based program is for certified nursing assistants who will, upon completion, be involved with administration/distribution of medications to residents in a skilled care nursing facility. Employer approval, proof of work experience and a pre-enrollment assessment are required for participation in this course. The Certified Medication Assistant Technical Diploma is a 100 hour program which includes 60 hours of theory/lab, held at NWTC Green Bay Campus, and 40 hours of clinical, held at Nursing Home where student is employed. Upon graduation, a student will have completed three credits.
First Semester
Semester Total
3
Total Credits
3

Curriculum Note: Course must be passed with a C.

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.
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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.
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