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Medication Aide Permit Program

nurses in a hospital settingIndividuals applying for this course are required:

  • Fluent in English; at least 18 years of age; proof of secondary education (notarized as a copy or original transcript, high school diploma, or GED certificate; and employed as a CNA in long term care (Nursing Home, MHMR group home, or Assisted Living Facility) by the first day of class, or as an unlicensed care provider over the previous year for 90 days.

Program Description:

This course of instruction prepares individuals for the Medication Aide Permit examination. Students will learn to safely administer medications in a long-term care facility. Employers include nursing homes, MHMR facilities, assisted living facilities, correctional facilities. Completion time for this program is 140 hours/nine weeks for day and evening students. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Subject # Subject Title Clock Hours
Lec Lab Ext Total
MDA 001 Orientation to Medications 04 00 00 04
MDA 002 Principles of Drug Action 04 00 00 04
MDA 003 Measurement and Dosage Calculation 04 00 00 04
MDA 005 Medication Therapy 16 00 00 16
MDA 050 Return Skills Demonstration 00 20 00 20
MDA 006 Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs 04 00 00 04
MDA 007 Antibiotics and Antifungals 04 00 00 04
MDA 008 Drugs for the Eye and Ear 04 00 00 04
MDA 009 Drugs for the Skin 04 00 00 08
MDA 010 Drugs for the Cardiovascular System 08 00 00 08
MDA 011 Drugs for the Respiratory System 04 00 00 04
MDA 012 Drugs for the Gastrointestinal System 08 00 00 04
MDA 013 Drugs for the Urinary System 04 00 00 04
MDA 014 Drugs for the Reproductive System 04 00 00 04
MDA 015 Drugs for the Endocrine System 04 00 00 04
MDA016 Drugs for the Musculoskeletal System 04 00 00 04
MDA 017 Drugs for the Nervous System 04 00 00 04
MDA 018 Psychotropic Drugs 04 00 00 04
MDA 019 Antineoplastic Drugs 04 00 00 04
MDA 020 Drugs for the Pediatric Patient 04 00 00 04
MDA 021 Drugs for the Geriatric Patient 04 00 00 04
MDA 051 Externship 00 00 10 10
MDA 052 Return Skills Demonstration 00 10 00 10
Total Hours 100 30 10 140

pills and capsulesMedication Aide Topic Descriptions

MDA001 Orientation to Medications (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1)
Where drugs come from, how they are standardized, and how their use is governed by law. How to use drug references and drug cards.

MDA002 Principles of Drug Action (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 2)
How drugs are affected by normal body processes, by characteristics of individual patients, and by the method and time of administration.

MDA003 Measurement and Dosage Calculations (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 3)
Formulas used in measuring medication dosage pediatric and adult patients. Math skills review.

MDA005 Medication Therapy (Lec 16 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 4-7)
The various forms of medications and the routes by which they are administered; medication orders; how to order, store, and dispose of drugs; how to keep track of medication orders; how to set up medications; how to chart medications after giving them; how to read and interpret medication labels; how to give drugs safely by following the basic rules of medication administration, vital sign review.

MDA050 Return Skills Demonstration Lab (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 20 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 8-12)
Return demonstrate in the laboratory setting the skills taught in MDA-005.

MDA006 Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 13)
Vitamins and minerals: the functions, food sources, and RDA requirements; symptoms of deficiency or excess; how to identify when supplementation is necessary.

MDA007 Antibiotics and Antifungals (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 14)
How an infection develops and affect the body and how drugs are used to treat and control.

MDA008 Drugs for the Eye and Ear (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 15)
Functions of the various parts of the eye and ear and how sight and hearing occur; the disorders of the eye and ear; how to administer eye drops, eye ointments, and ear drops.

MDA009 Drugs for the Skin (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 16)
The structure of the skin, its function; major skin disorders; the medical terms for their symptoms, and the drugs used to treat them. How to administer topical drugs to the skin.

MDA010 Drugs for the Cardiovascular System (Lec 08 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 17)
Organs and functions of the cardiovascular system; common disorders and types of drugs used to treat them; Common names by category; how to administer oral, buccal, and sublingual medications.

MDA011 Drugs for the Respiratory System (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 18)
Functions of the respiratory system; breathing; common disorders and the drugs used to treat them.

MDA012 Drugs for the Gastrointestinal System (Lec 08 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 19)
Organs of digestion and elimination; how drugs are used to treat common disorders.

MDA013 Drugs for the Urinary System and Fluid Balance (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 20)
Organs of the urinary system; common disorders and fluid imbalances; urinary drug groups.

MDA014 Drugs for the Reproductive System (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 21)
Organs of the reproductive system; hormones produced by gonads; common disorders and their drugs.

MDA015 Drugs for the Endocrine System (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 22)
The study of hormones and the glands that manufacture them; how hormone therapy can help correct hormone imbalances.

MDA016 Drugs for the Musculoskeletal System (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 23)
The parts of the musculoskeletal system, common disorders, and the drugs used to control them.

MDA017 Drugs for the Nervous Systems (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 24)
The nervous system functions, common disorders, and how to administer the types of drugs used.

MDA018 Psychotropic Drugs (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 25)
The biochemical mechanisms that affect emotions, common mental disorders, and how to administer the types of drugs used.

MDA019 Antineoplastic Drug s (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 26)
How chemotherapy works; side effects and the care of patients on chemotherapy; antineoplastic drugs.

MDA020 Drugs for the Pediatric Patient (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 27)
The physical changes occurring during growth and development; how to safely administer medications to infants and children.

MDA021 Drugs for the Geriatric Patient (Lec 04 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 28)
The normal process of how aging affects pharmacokinetics; social and psychological aspects of aging; how to adjust treatment to best meet older adult patient needs.

MDA051 Clinical Externship (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 10 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: MDA001-021] (Day 29-31)
Supervised medication administration in a long term care setting. Students will receive no renumeration.

MDA052 Return Skills Demonstration (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 10 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: MDA051] (Day 32-34)
The students will return demonstrate in the laboratory setting the skills learned in MDA-050 and 051.

Medication Aide Externship Monitoring Policy

group of medical students

SCHEDULE: Students must complete 10 hours of an unpaid externship during the 8th week of the Medication Aide Permit Program. The schedule shall include no more than 4 hours per day. Externships are to be completed at your place of employment. The externship schedule approved by the facility must define the following:

  • Dates and times of your externship
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the facility where the externship will be conducted
  • Name and telephone number of the work site supervisor/licensed nurse that will supervise your externship.

If there are any changes to the externship schedule after it has been submitted to FasTrac Job Training Center, you must notify FASTRAC JOB TRAINING CENTER immediately with an updated copy. FasTrac Job Training Center expects each extern to be at the work site and available during the times listed on their extern schedule.

EXTERNSHIP COORDINATOR: The externship coordinator can make randomly selected visits to the work site to monitor externs as needed. Every extern may not have a physical visit to the work site; however, telephone contact will be made with the facility of each extern to monitor externs’ activity.

EXTERNSHIP PROGRESS: A meeting will be held with the externs on the first day of class during the ninth week of the program to discuss their experiences and observations. Externs are not required to keep a daily journal on their observations and experiences.

EXTERNSHIP FINAL REPORT: Externs are not required to keep a daily journal on their observations and experiences, but externs are required to write a final report on what they have learned from their externship. The final report needs to be at least two, typed, double spaced pages or four handwritten pages, in length. The extern final report is mandatory to complete the program and must be submitted on the first day of class during the ninth week of the program.

EXTERNSHIP EVALUATION: Externs will be monitored and evaluated by a licensed nurse at the facility where you complete your externship. See the Externship Monitoring Form. Externs must receive a satisfactory grade (C or better) to complete the externship. The externship must be completed during the 8th week of the course for completion of this session. Every session of the program must be completed prior to the application for the state examination.

Medication Aide Permit Program Basis of Grades:

Tests/Quizzes 25%
Final Exam 25%
Externship 25%
Final Paper and Class Projects 25%

Medication Aide Permit Continuing Education Seminar

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: After the Medication Aide permit is renewed for the first time a Medication Aide permit holder must renew their permit annually by successfully completing an approved 7 hour Medication Aide Continuing Education course prior to the expiration of their permit. A permit will not be renewed if the permit holder does not successfully complete the requirement (95.115). Upon completion of the seven hour seminar, the student will receive a certificate of completion from FasTrac Job Training Center. This course cannot be substituted by employer in-services or other programs. The seminar consists of seven clock-hours of classroom instruction and is offered in a one day session that totals seven clock-hours of instruction.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Current Medication Aide permit, social security card, drivers license.

MAJOR CONTENT TOPICS: Topics for the seminars include education that will enhance the skills of the permit holder. Some topics include Role of the Medication Aide on the Interdisciplinary Team. Communication Skills for Medication Aides. Role of the Medication Aide in Comprehensive Drug Management. Role of the Medication Aide in resident assessment and care planning. New Health Care policies. New clinical practice guidelines. New clinical treatments and techniques. Automated and Integrated health care systems. Trends in patient care/clinical practice. Psychotropic Medications. Current research related to Medication Aide. Clinical and pharmacologic management of residents with specific clinical conditions. Role of the Medication Aide in meeting psychosocial needs of residents. Review of changes in health care regulations. Drug review and update.

SEMINAR OBJECTIVE: To enhance the career of the Medication Aides and meet state continuing education requirements.

MAIN SKILLS TO BE LEARNED: The seminar will enable the permit holder to demonstrate best practices to administer medications. It will target patient compliance with medication regimens, promote health professionals’ communication skills, improve disease management, ensure optimal therapeutic outcomes, and assist the multidisciplinary approaches to effective medicine communications and treatments.

BASIS OF GRADING: Completion of a written or oral evaluation and feedback 60% Class participation 40 % OR Written Examination with a passing score of 70%

REGISTRATION: Students must register at least one week before the seminar. The registration and supply fee must be paid at the time of registration. The tuition is due prior to the start of the seminar at 9:00 am.