The Medication Administration course will be held online through Coastal Bend College beginning August 31. The tuition cost of the 140-hour program is $679 plus textbooks. To take the course, students must have been a CNA for at least 6 months and currently working in a nursing home.
This course will provide the necessary information and skills to prepare the student to become a state-certified medication aide and work in health care facilities, where he/she will assist nurses in providing medications and patient care. The class will cover basic medication administration concepts, health care team responsibilities in medication administration, legal and ethical aspects, drugs’ effects on systems of the body, professionalism, communication skills, anatomy and physiology related to medication administration, safety and infection control, first aid and emergency care, common medication administration problems, special care concerns, and other health care topics.
Medication aides perform under the supervision of a Licensed Vocational Nurse or a Registered Nurse. The Medication Aide Training course is required for anyone wishing to work as a medication aide in a long-term care facility.
Upon completion of the program and successful state testing, you will earn your medication aide certificate, which allows you to perform certain skills with supervisory clearance, including:
- Observe and report reactions and side effects to medications
- Take and record vital signs prior to administering medications
- Administer regularly prescribed medication which you have been trained to administer
- Administer oxygen via nasal cannula or a non-sealing mask in an emergency
Along with this class, CBC also offers a Medication Aide Refresher class to help meet the annual educational requirements needed for this type of certification.