Medication Aide

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    What is a Medication Aide?

    The purpose of the Medication Aide position is to provide a safe way for individuals other than licensed health care professionals (doctors, nurses, etc.) to provide medications to individuals who are not able to take medications by themselves. Medication Aides assist with the provision of medications.

    State laws control the activities of a Medication Aide. These laws ensure the health, safety, and welfare of people by providing for the accurate, cost-effective, efficient, and safe utilization of Medication Aides to assist in administration of medications.

    This course prepares participants to assume the role of medication aide in an assisted living and long-term care facility in the State of Nebraska.

    • Understand and perform basic competencies required to safely provide medication by oral and topical routes, by inhalation to the respiratory system, and by instillation in the eyes, ears, and nose
    • Be able to perform additional skills needed to support medication administration
    • Define key terms
    • Recognize how a drug is absorbed, metabolized and excreted from the body
    • Discuss factors which can affect how drugs are used in the body
    • Recognize the medication aide role in recognizing, recording and reporting allergic reactions to drugs
    • Identify the actions of specific drugs  
    Students must have their books at the first class session. Books will not be available at the classroom site. You must purchase them through the SCC Bookstore listed below.
    • SCC Lincoln Campus Store, 8800 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE, (800) 642-4075, ext. 2560; (402) 437-2560
    • SCC Beatrice Bookstore, 4771 W. Scott Road, Beatrice, NE, (800) 233-5027, ext. 1267, or (402) 228-8267 open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    The first session of class is mandatory. Attendance is required in this intensive course. Absences exceeding eight hours for any reason may result in failure of this course. You will be responsible for the additional cost charged by the state of Nebraska to complete your licensure.
    NOTE: Medication Aide students MUST be 18 by the start date of the class.  You must be 18 years of age or older to be employed as a Medication Aide in the state of Nebraska.
    Registrations are accepted by mail, fax or walk-in.  Must make payment at time of registration. Confirmations are not mailed.
    If you cannot attend the course section you registered for, please contact Continuing Education right away so that the paperwork can begin and you can be officially dropped from the class. You will be responsible for paying the tuition if you do not drop the course before it starts.

    Registration/class availability/dropping a class: Call (402) 437-2700.
    Once the class is completed and students have PASSED the course and competency testing through SCC, students will be given two forms:
    1. Documentation of Course Completion and Application for Registration
    2. Documentation of Competency Assessment
    The student is responsible for submitting the two forms to the state with the state designated fee.
    Two post secondary education providers have been approved to proctor the state written examination. Examination applicants need to register for the examinations with one of these providers for testing and pay the required fee. Contact information is as follows:
    Nebraska Health Care Learning Center
    3900 NW 12th St., Ste 100
    Lincoln, NE 68521-3037
    Phone: 402-435-3551
    Providence Health Career Institute
    4600 Valley Rd., Ste 401
    Lincoln, NE 68510
    Phone: 402-326-2792


    402-437-2700; 800-828-0072, ext. 2552 or 

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