Medication Administration Program Certificate of Proficiency

This Medication Assistant course consists of seven credit hours.This course is only open to Certified Nursing Assistants who have been employed in that capacity in a nursing home for at least one year. This course prepares the Certified Nursing Assistant for the task of medication administration in the healthcare setting. This course of study also includes introduction to medication administration, a brief history of health care, the development of the role of Medication Assistant, state and federal regulatory issues; principles of medication administration including pharmacology, medications, medication orders, prescriptions and transcription; information on medications and their effect on the body including a review of body systems; and special circumstances, such as, substance abuse by the individual being cared for by Medication Assistants as well as by their coworkers. Students who successfully complete this course may be eligible to take the Arkansas Medication Assistant Certification Exam.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES:

**MEDICATION ASSISTANT CLASSES WILL ONLY BE OFFERED ONCE A YEAR; IN THE FALL SEMESTER. CHECK FALL SCHEDULE FOR DATES**

Step 1 College Admission Procedures-Students must complete all the College's general entrance/admission procedures as outlined in the catalog/website and submit to Student Affairs (501) 337-5000 EXT 1180 in the Main Campus Building before 4:30 p.m. on the stated deadline (see coto.edu/current schedule for dates)

All students must take the COMPASS test or have taken the COMPASS test (within the last five years) with a minimum score set by the College of the Ouachitas. The test is given on campus - fee for test is approximately $10.00. Please call Student Affairs at (501) 337-5000 EXT 1180 for questions on the COMPASS test/dates/times.

Step 2 All students must submit the following to the Allied Health Sciences Division:

  • Application for Admission to Medication Assistant (available in Allied Health Sciences Division)
  • Proof of registration/ good standing on the Arkansas Certified Nurse Aide Registry.
  • Proof of current full time employment at a nursing home for at least one continuous year.

CURRICULUM - MEDICATION ASSISTANT

Dept

Course Number

Section

Course Name

Days

Start/End

Room

MNUA

1117

01

Basic Medication Administration

To Be Announced (TBA)
See fall schedule for current dates

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

H119
Located in the Allied Health Sciences building

 

 

 

Lab

 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

H118
Located in the Allied Health Sciences building

 

 

 

Clinical (This will be after all class and lab have been completed)

Sat & Sun

6:30 am – 4:30 pm

Long term care facility (TBA)

Hours

One day a week at 4.5 hours a day for 10 weeks

= 45 hours Theory

One day a week for 1.5 hours a day

= 15 hours Lab

10 hours a day for 4 day

= 40 hours Clinical

Total hours of program

= 100

PROGRESSION
All students must meet the minimum requirement of passing designated by the College or better in theory and demonstrate satisfactory behaviors in clinical/lab to complete the program.

Clinical Training
Clinical experiences are designed to allow students to transfer knowledge gained through classroom presentation into "hands on" medication administration. Students will spend not less than 40 hours in clinical. Rules and regulations regarding clinical experiences can be found in the Medication Assistant Handbook.  The student is responsible for their transportation to the clinical facilities.

READMISSION  
1. Reapply to the program by submitting another Application for Admission.
2. Write a statement explaining why they were not successful on the previous attempt and give a plan of action to correct the problem(s) that initially led to being unsuccessful in the program. Turn this statement into the Nursing Department Secretary to be submitted to Allied Health Science Division Chair.
3. Retake and complete the entire course content in the program. The decision of placement of a student requesting to return to the Certified Nursing Assistant Program; whose cycle in the curriculum is interrupted for any reason, remains at the discretion of College of the Ouachitas officials based on class size, instructors and clinical slot availability.

*** REAPPLYING DOES NOT GUARANTEE READMISSION***