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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

  • 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.
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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

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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