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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.

  • Summer 2023 Medication Aide Classes - All Locations (PDF)

    Registration Information

    Registration Form

    May 23-July 13, 2023 (Hybrid)
    Lab Day: Tues. & Thurs.
    Lab Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: Southeast Community College, Lincoln Campus, Room B-14, 8800 O St.
    Cost: NE Resident $351 / Non-Resident $414
    3.0 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-HBL1

    May 23-July 13, 2023 (Hybrid)
    Lab Day: Tues. & Thurs.
    Lab Time: 5-8 p.m.
    Location: Southeast Community College, Lincoln Campus, Room B-14, 8800 O St.
    Cost: NE Resident $351 / Non-Resident $414
    3.0 semester credits
    Course Number: HLTH-1040-HBL2

    Students must have their book at the first class session.

    The book, NHCA Medication Aide Training Manual, 4th edition is available through the SCC Campus Store.

    Book is available at:

    Lincoln Campus Store
    8800 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE

    Beatrice Campus Store
    4771 W. Scott Rd., Beatrice, NE

    • 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
    Attendance is crucial to the success of this course. Absences may result in failing of the course. Please contact the Registration office for the refund and withdrawal dates.


    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
    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. Tuition is due by the start date of the course. Confirmation registration letters will be emailed one week prior to the start date of course.

    SCC’s withdrawal, drop, and refund policy.

    Failure to attend the course does not constitute a drop or absolve the student from being financially responsible for the tuition and fees associated with the student’s registration. A student must initiate the withdrawal process to be dropped from the course.

    Questions? Please contact Natasha Holly at 402-437-2552 ornholly@southeast.edu.

    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 the Campus store

    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 or call 402-471-4322.

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