Medication Assistant Course
The Medication Assistant course is a 108-hour state approved Wisconsin Technical College System training program and is 3 college credits. The Medication Assistant course is competency-based and prepares Certified Nursing Assistants in the administration of medications to residents in a skilled care facility. Certified Nursing Assistants currently employed in a skilled nursing facility must be recommended by their facility and meet specific proof of work requirements to participate in the course. Nursing Assistants employed in an assisted-living facility or other similar settings are not eligible for this course.
This course consists of 68 hours of lecture, practice labs, and 40 hours of clinical. The first 11 weeks of the course are lecture and lab. Included in this part of the course are weekly quizzes, assignments, math practice, memorization of medications, and related content. After successfully completing the lecture and lab portion of the course, the 40 clinical hours takes place in the student’s facility with an RN from the facility acting as a preceptor.
Upon successful completion of the course, WCTC notifies the Department of Health and Family Services to upgrade the individual’s status on the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Directory.
510-309 Medication Assistant NA. Employer approval, proof of work experience and a pre-enrollment assessment are required for participation in this course. See CMA Facility and Student Requirements below.
WCTC will offer 2 sections of Medication Assistant for Fall 2017. One course will be offered on Tuesdays, starting August 29. The second section will be offered on Wednesdays, beginning August 23. Both sections run from 8:30 am to 2:50 pm. Students submitting their completed application early may choose either section. Students must attend the section they registered for due to space limitations. Classes are held in Q368B which is in the Q Building on the Pewaukee campus. Once all required documentation is received and is complete, the student will be notified of their reserved seat for the course.
Applications must be submitted and approved before permission to register is granted. Print the following documents to begin the course registration process:
Completed applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the classes are full. Applications lacking any of the required documents or signatures will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant. Classes fill very quickly so interested CNAs should submit their completed paperwork as soon as possible to:
- Kim Bodus
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street, room H-101
Pewaukee, WI 53072
The Student Must:
- Be currently employed in a skilled nursing facility with current Federal eligibility.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a High School Diploma or HSED
- Be on the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Directory
- Have at least 2,000 hours of experience in direct patient care in a skilled nursing facility within the last 3 years prior to registration
- Have worked a minimum of 40 hours, within the last 90 days and prior to the start of the course, caring for the same skilled nursing home residents the student will be caring for during clinical
- Be recommended in writing by the Director of Nursing and Administrator of the skilled nursing facility in which the student will be completing the clinical hours
- Be recommended in writing by two (2) licensed nurses, one of who must be a RN
- Have a signed commitment from the RN preceptor agreeing to work with the student during the clinical hours
The Employer is Required to:
- Verify hours of employment and related information
- Provide signatures from administrator and director of nursing
- Provide one RN preceptor who agrees to work with the student during all 40 of the clinical hours. The RN preceptor must attend a meeting at WCTC prior to the start of the course. The role of preceptor cannot be transferred from one RN to another after training starts. See "Facility Requirements" for more information related to the RN preceptor
- Provide a signed agreement from RN preceptor
- Provide recommendations from two unit nurses
- Verify blood pressure and apical pulse skills
- Confirm that the facility does not have a Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) prohibition
- Depending on access, assist student with use of computer and printer for course materials
- If facility plans to pay for the course tuition and textbook, the facility needs to send a notation on official letterhead, including the facility name and billing address.