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The Medication Aide Program is designed to prepare Nurse Aides and students for administration of medicines under supervision and guidance stipulated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Medication Aide Permit Program. The students will learn the following topics:
- Procedures for preparation and administration of medications
- Responsibility, control, accountability, storage, and safeguarding of medications
- Use of reference material
- Documentation of medications in residents’ clinical records
- Minimum licensing standards for facilities covering pharmaceutical service, nursing service, and clinical records
- Federal and state certification standards for participation under Title XVIII (Medicare) and Title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act pertaining to pharmaceutical service, nursing service, and clinical records
- Lines of authority in the facility
- Responsibilities and liabilities associated with the administration and safeguarding of medication
- Allowable and prohibited practices of permit holders in the administration of medication
- Drug reactions and side effects of medications commonly administered to facility residents
- Rules covering the medication aide training program.
Students will learn how to use these skills and procedures via classroom and clinical hands-on training. Medication Aide students are required to pay for and complete a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) fingerprint criminal background check to determine eligibility to take the Medication Aide examination. Graduates are eligible to register for the examination required for Medication Aide Permitting under the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 242, Sub Chapter N.
Medication aide graduates will be qualified for entry-level employment as direct care staff in long-term or personal care facilities, correctional institutions, state schools, and state hospitals.
The graduates will utilize the following workplace skills in a variety of medical settings.
- Recognize the recipient’s right to personal privacy regarding information.
- Recognizes recipient’s right to refuse medication and reports as necessary to appropriate person.
- Follows appropriate hygiene and infection control measures when providing medications.
- Follows facility policies/procedures regarding medication storage, handling, expiration, disposal and other measures to ensure safe provision of medications.
- Recognizes unsafe conditions indicating that medication should not be given and reports to appropriate person.
- Accurately documents medication name, dose, route, time administered or refusal.
- Provides the right medication, the right person, at the right time, in the right dose, and by the right route.
- Recognizes and reports according to specialty needs of recipients.
- Recognizes and reports general conditions that may indicate an adverse reaction to medications.
- Safely provides medications for all ages of recipients according to the following routes: oral, topical, inhalation and instillation.
- Recognizes the limits and conditions by which a medication aide may provide medications.
- Recognizes the responsibility to report abuse or suspected abuse of a vulnerable adult and to whom to report this situation.
- Recognizes responsibility to report abuse or suspected abuse or neglect of a child and to whom to report this information.
- Recognizes the recipient’s property rights and physical boundaries.
MEDICATION AIDE PROGRAM OUTLINE
Medication Aide Day Program Information: The Day program is 9 weeks in length and the classes are scheduled on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:50 pm
Medication Aide Evening Program Information: The Evening program is 9 weeks in length and the classes are scheduled from Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:50 pm
Texas Health School is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, COE, a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education
Texas Health School is approved and regulated by:
- Texas Health and Human Services
- Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, Austin, Texas
- Texas Veterans Commission, Veterans Education
Texas Health School:
- Is recognized by the United States Department of Education for participation in Federal Title IV Student Financial Assistance Programs (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Student and Parent Loans)
- Is approved for training of veterans and other eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code for approved programs by the Texas Workforce Commission including VA vocational rehabilitation programs
A copy of the school’s accreditation, licensure, and approvals are on file and available for review upon written request to the School Director.
Medication Aide Certification Exam
Graduates are eligible to register for the examination required for Medication Aide Permitting under the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 242, Sub Chapter N.
For more information on the certification examination visit https://www.hhs.texas.gov/ or call 1-512-438-2050 or email us at email@example.com.
Admissions Requirements: H
If you are ready to enroll, you must first meet the following requirements
A high school diploma or GED
A Wonderlic Scholastic level exam score of 11
The ability to read and write in English
Clinical hours will vary based upon the clinical site schedule
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