Program Description

The content of the Wonder health career institute Medication Aide program will prepare students for entry-level jobs as Medication Aides in Nursing facilities, Intermediate care facilities for individuals with an intellectual disability or related conditions, Correctional institutions and Assisted living (personal care) facilities.

Program Objective

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to know the basic roles and responsibility of the medication Aide established by the Texas Health and Human Services. Additionally, graduates will be able to safely prepare and administer medication under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Graduates will also learn to use medical terminology, abbreviations and also to identify side effects of medications commonly administered at Long-term Care Facilities.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to medication aide program the student must be able to:
  • Read, write, speak and understand English
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be free of communicable diseases, and in suitable physical and emotional health to safely administer medications
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED
  • Be free of felony conviction.
Applicants must be employed as certified nurse aides listed on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry in active status and currently employed in a facility licensed under Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 242 on class start date or employed on class start date as non-licensed direct care staff in a facility licensed under Chapter 247; a state supported living center or ICF/IID and have 90 days previous employment in the year preceding the class start date.

Employability and Criminal Checks

 A criminal history background check is conducted for all applicants. Applicants found to be listed on the EMR, or who are listed on the NAR in "revoked" status, or who have a criminal history that would bar employment in an HHS-licensed facility or agency are prohibited from enrolling in a medication Aide training program.

Beginning August 1, 2021.HHSC will conduct fingerprint based criminal history check on medication aides who apply to renew their permit and prospective Medication Aides before graduating from a training program.

The cost to submit fingerprint is $38.25 and is the responsibility of the medication Aide. This is a one-time cost; fingerprints are not required to be submitted again

Curriculum Outline

Texas Health and Human Services requires that Medication Aide training program must provide a minimum of 140 clock hours of training, including:
  • 100 hours of classroom instruction and training
  • 20 hours of returned skills demonstration laboratory
  • 10 hours of clinical experience, including clinical observation and skills demonstration under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse in a facility
  • 10 hours in a return skills demonstration laboratory.

This Institution fulfills these requirements by offering 144 class hours that exceed the Texas minimum required hours, allowing time for extra review, tutoring or special instructions.

Classroom Instruction and training: ------------------------------------------------------100 clock hours
Returned skill demonstration: --------------------------------------------------------------32 clock hours
Externship (clinical experience): -----------------------------------------------------------12 clock hours
Total hours: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------144 clock hours
Length of Program----------------------------------------------------------------------------------9 weeks

Class Schedule

All class schedules are subject to change.

Fees and Tuition

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