The Medication Aide Training Program is a comprehensive course designed for Certified Nurse Aides and people that have worked in assisted living for at least 12 months prior with duties as personal care giver. The program is designed to teach students the skills and abilities essential to administer medications for the provision of basic care to residents in long-term care facilities.
Graduates of this program will be able to communicate and interact effectively with patients and assist patients in attaining and maintaining maximum functional independence while observing patient rights. They will learn the basic roles and responsibilities of a medication aide, pharmacology mathematics; how different medications affect the systems in the body, and drug legislations. Additionally, they will be able to prepare medication and basic medication administration.
Students are required to sit for the Medication Certification exam administered by the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services (TDADS).Graduates of this program (Certified Medication Aides -CMA) – may find entry-level employment as a medication aide with nursing homes, correctional institutions, community-based facilities, and group homes, assisted living, and supervised by registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses.
MEDICATION AIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION
Current Photo Identification
Social Security card
US High School Diploma or GED (Online High School Diplomas cannot be accepted)
FOREIGN diploma will be accepted ONLY if evaluated
Must currently be Texas state Certified Nurse aide working in a nursing home and/ or assisted living facility OR
Must be a non-certified employee of an assisted living facility for 90 days or more
The Board of Medication Aide does not allow enrollment for Nurses Aides working in the following: *Home Health Agency *Hospitals *Staffing Agency (Medication aides are only allowed in licensed facilities to include correctional facilities).
Program Length: 8 week.
Morning classes: 9a.m.to 1p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Evening classes: 5p.m. to 9p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday