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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. You must be at least 18 years of age or older to be employed as a medication aide in the state of Nebraska.

    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.

    You will be responsible for the additional costs charged by the state of Nebraska to complete your licensure.

    SCC Requirement: Medication Aide students MUST be at least 18 by the start date of the class.

  • 2020 Spring Medication Aide Classes
    Schedule available online Mon., Oct. 21, 2019
    Registration begins online Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

    2020 Summer Medication Aide Classes
    Schedule available online Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
    Registration begins online Mon., March. 2, 2020


    Aug. 14-23, 2019
    Mondays through Fridays
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    SCC Entrepreneurship Center, Room 111
    285 S. 68th St. Place
    Cost: Nebraska Resident: $270 / Non-resident: $322.50
    2.5 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-EN01

    Aug. 26-Oct. 14, 2019
    No class Sept. 2
    Mondays & Wednesdays
    5:30-9:30 p.m.
    SCC Entrepreneurship Center, Room 110
    285 S. 68th St. Place
    Cost: Nebraska Resident: $270 / Non-resident: $322.50
    2.5 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-EN02

    Aug. 27-Oct. 10, 2019
    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    8 a.m.-Noon
    SCC Entrepreneurship Center, Room 111
    285 S. 68th St. Place
    Cost: Nebraska Resident: $270 / Non-resident: $322.50
    2.5 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-EN03

    Oct. 14-23, 2019
    Mondays through Fridays
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    SCC Entrepreneurship Center, Room TBA
    285 S. 68th St. Place
    Cost: Nebraska Resident: $270 / Non-resident: $322.50
    2.5 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-EN04

    Oct. 21-Dec. 9, 2019
    No class Nov. 27
    Mondays & Wednesdays
    5:30-9:30 p.m.
    SCC Entrepreneurship Center, Room 110
    285 S. 68th St. Place
    Cost: Nebraska Resident: $270 / Non-resident: $322.50
    2.5 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-EN05

    Oct. 22-Dec. 10, 2019
    No class Nov. 28
    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    8 a.m.-Noon
    SCC Entrepreneurship Center, Room 111
    285 S. 68th St. Place
    Cost: Nebraska Resident: $270 / Non-resident: $322.50
    2.5 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-EN03

    2020 Spring Medication Aide Classes
    Schedule available online Mon., Oct. 21, 2019
    Registration begins online Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

    2020 Summer Medication Aide Classes
    Schedule available online Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
    Registration begins online Mon., March. 2, 2020


    Beatrice, NE

    Aug. 29-Nov., 2019
    Thursdays
    10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    SCC Beatrice Campus,
    Jackson Hall, Room 301
    4771 W. Scott Road
    Cost: Nebraska Resident: $270 / Non-resident: $322.50
    2.5 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-BE01

    Students must have their books at the first class session.

    The textbooks required for this course are available at:

    Lincoln Campus Store
    8800 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE
    402-437-2560
    Website

    Beatrice Campus Store
    4771 W. Scott Rd., Beatrice, NE
    402-228-8267
    Website

    • 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.
    • SCC Bookstore Online

    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.

    THE STATE IS NO LONGER PROCTORING THE WRITTEN EXAM!!!

    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.

    APPLICATION FOR WRITTEN TESTING REGISTRATION

    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
    Nebraska Health Care Learning Center website

    Providence Health Career Institute
    4600 Valley Rd., Ste 401
    Lincoln, NE 68510
    Phone: 402-326-2792
    Providence Health Career Institute website

    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.

    Q: How do I register for the Medication Aide class?
    A: See Registration & Records for more information.

    Q: What do I do if a third party is paying for me to take the class?
    A: A letter of authorization on company letterhead must accompany your registration form. This letter must include the individual student’s full name and Social Security number. Please state the amount of money agreed to pay for tuition, fees and book (if applicable).

    Q: When does SCC have classes?
    A: Please see the credit class schedule for the Medication Aide list of classes or log on to SCC’s Website, clicking on Academics, select Healthcare Services program, then Medication Aide.

    Q: Does SCC have job placement services?
    A: SCC’s Placement Center Services has its own Website that links current and former SCC students to employers. Go to: The College Central website. You also may contact any of SCC’s Placement Specialists by phone: Heather Waite, Lincoln Campus, 402-437-2622 or hwaite@southeast.edu; Connie Russell, Beatrice Campus, 402-228-8216 or crussell1@southeast.edu; or Shelly Tolle, Milford Campus, 402-761-8242 or stolle@southeast.edu.

    Q: What do I wear to class, labs and clinical sites?

    A: The first class session, please wear street clothes. Subsequent classroom attire will be discussed by the instructor the first day of class.

    Q: What books do I need, and will the books be available at the class site?
    A: Students must have their books at the first class session. Required textbooks are available at the following locations:

    • SCC’s Lincoln Campus Store, 8800 O St.; 800-642-4075, ext. 2560; 402-437-2560; open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon
    • SCC’s Beatrice Campus Store, 4771 W. Scott Road; 800-233-5027, ext. 1267; 402-228-8267; open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Online at www.sccbookstore.com

    Books will not be available at the classroom site. They must be purchased from a campus store listed above.

    Q: What is the difference between a Nursing Assistant and a CNA?
    A: Even though CNA is a commonly used term to refer to Nursing Assistants, the state of Nebraska does not “certify” Nursing Assistants. Your title is “Approved Nursing Assistant.” SCC will report to the state of Nebraska all of the names of students who have successfully completed the College’s Nursing Assistant course.

    Q: How do I check my status on the Nebraska Registry?
    A: Navigate to the Nebraska State Registry website page. Persons also can call 402-471-0537.

    Q: How do I reactivate my status on the Registry if it is lapsed?
    A: See Nebraska Testing Entities List