Medication Assistant

Medication Assistant

Degree Type

3-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

40-510-CB

Time to Degree

Less than 1 year

Start Date

Year-Round

How You'll Learn

Daytime

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
  • Be current on the State of Wisconsin nurse aide directory.
  • Be current on the federal nurse aide directory.
  • Have at least 2,000 hour of 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.
  • Be recommended in writing by the director of nursing and the administrator of the agency in which the student will be working during the clinical experience.
  • Be recommended in writing by two licensed charge nurses under whose licenses the aide will be administering medications.

This is a contracted course that is only offered in collaboration with your employer.

This competency-based certificate is designed 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.

  • Thursdays, January 20-March 17, and Friday, March 18, 2022
  • Classes will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Building Q (Corporate Training Center).

Estimated cost per participant: $2,000 plus mileage and travel expenses

Employer covers costs of all fees and instructional materials. Contact the Corporate Training Center for estimated contract costs.

How To Register

To register for this program, the participant and their employer must submit the following forms by January 6, 2022:

Completed by Employer:

  1. Recommendation by Administrator
  2. Recommendation by Preceptor 
  3. Recommendation by two Long-Term Care Staff Nurses

Completed by Student:

  1. Course prerequisites, including transcripts, ACT scores or ACCUPLACER test scores (Send to WCTC Admissions Office)
  2. High School Diploma (Send with application)
  3. Authorization to Release Information to the Sponsoring Institution

Contact the Corporate Training Center to get started.

 

Program Requirements

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 three 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 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 must:

  • 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 participate in a one-hour phone meeting with the faculty prior to the start of the course. The role of preceptor cannot be transferred from one RN to another once clinical 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. 
  • Sign a contract with the WCTC Corporate Training Center; employers will be invoiced for the program at its conclusion.

Program Details

This 108-hour program consists of 66 hours of classroom and skills, two hours of practicum and 40 hours of clinical. The first 11 weeks are held on campus or on site with your employer. After successfully completing the lecture and lab portion, the 40 clinical hours take place in the employer's facility with an RN from the facility acting as a preceptor.

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