Medication Aide

Medication Aide Overview

The MA-C’s role is to assist the nurse in one of the many tasks related to the safe administration of medication. The MA-C is allowed to pass limited types of medications to specific types of patients. Licensed nurses may delegate selected tasks of medication administration to MA-Cs, and therefore licensed nurses are accountable for the delegation and supervision of MA-Cs. MA-Cs cannot replace the licensed nurse’s role in the administration of medications, as nurses must still exercise their judgment when administering medications, such as deciding when to administer a PRN drug; assessing clients such as evaluating the need for, or response to, medication; educating the patient; and performing the conversions or calculations of drug dosages whenever necessary. 100 CEUs are available. Call CCHEC at 307-328-9274 to learn more.

Admission Requirements

• Be at least 18 years of age;

• Have a high school diploma or a GED;

• Have a current unencumbered certified nursing assistant certificate;

• Work in an area where opportunities exist to complete the competency skills tests (Long Term Care);

• Have earned the CNA II certification through the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.


Class Dates & Registration

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Course Outline

The MA-C curriculum consists of 60 hours of didactic training, which will include work in a skills lab and/or simulation facility and online learning, in addition to 40 hours of supervised clinical practicum. The elements of this standardized curriculum include the essential content, practical/actual experience, demonstration of skills and a competency exam.

1. Medication Fundamentals: Medication Orders, Documentation, Storage and Disposal; Mathematics, Weights and Measures; Forms of Medication; Medication Basics

               • Discuss the various tasks to be performed for medications to be safely ordered, recorded, administered, disposed of and stored.

               • State the ways to measure medications.

               • State the different forms in which medication can be manufactured

               • Identify different names of medications and accepted abbreviations. List the different effects medications can cause, locally and systemically. Discuss what should be known about a specific medication prior to giving that medication.

               • List the three safety checks of medication administration. Identify the six rights of medication administration.

               • Describe basic steps of medication preparation prior to administration.

2. Safety: Prevention of Medication Errors; Causes and Reporting of Medication Errors;

               • Identify information needed about the patient and the medication prior to administration.

               • Identify common causes of medication errors

               • State what steps should be taken when a medication error occurs.

3. Communication and Documentation: Building Relationships; Reporting of Symptoms or Side Effects; Report Any Change from the Client’s Normal Condition; Documentation of Medication Administration; Role of the Delegating/Supervising Nurse

               • Discuss building relationships.

               • State when the nurse must be notified due to a change in the client’s normal condition, vital signs, pain or other alterations.

               • State documentation requirements for medication administration.

               • Explain the responsibilities of the delegating/supervising nurse when delegating medication administration to the MA-C.

4. Medication Administration: Routes of Administration; Factors Affecting How the Body Uses Medication; Classes of Medications Related to Body Systems and Common Actions; Location of Resources and References;

                • Identify common methods of medication administration.

                • Identify the classifications of medications; state common effects of medication on the body.

                • Identify resource materials and professionals to contact for clarification of medication questions.

5.) Ethical and Legal: Role of MA-C; The responsibility of MA-C when accepting delegation tasks; Rights of Individuals; Specific Legal and Ethical Issues; Safety and Rights of Medication Administration;

                • Identify when a delegated task should or should not be performed by the MA-C.

                • Recognize when and how to report errors and what should be reported to the licensed nurse.

                • Distinguish between the tasks a MA-C can and cannot accept.

                • Define redelegation.

                • Identify skills that enhance the delegation process

                • Describe the rights of the client.

                • Discuss the types of abuse that must be reported.

                • Describe examples of the types of legal problems that can occur.

                • List the three steps to take before medication is safe to give.

                • Recognize the numerous rights that must be followed before and after medication is administered.

FINAL MODULE: Practicum:

• The learner will demonstrate safe administration of medications to clients in a clinical setting. This will be 40 hours of supervised clinical practicum, where the supervisor observes medication administration; gradually increasing the number of clients to whom the student administers medications. Students will successfully complete all assigned skills per a checklist, which incorporates all five of the didactic modules.

Barbara Jean James, MSN, BSN, RN

CNA Instructor
1650 Harshman
Rawlins, WY 82301


Barbara Jean James is a graduate of Rawlins High School and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Wyoming. She has experience in Emergency Room Care, Acute Hospital Care, Home Health Care, Long Term Care and Teaching Nursing School for University of Wyoming and Kaplan University.

Barbara has been employed at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County for 15 years at every clinical and supervisory level, and currently as a Diabetic Educator. She is also employed at Carbon County Higher Education Center as a nurse educator, the University of Wyoming as a clinical Instructor, and Kaplan University. She has been teaching classes at CCHEC since 2004 in IV Therapy, CNA, CNA II, Med-Aide, It Takes Two, New Daddy and Mommy classes and Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance STARS program, and as an instructor with Western Wyoming Community College from 2004-2010.

Other activities include serving on the Boys and Girls Club Board and Downtown Development board. Barbara belongs to Soroptomist International of Rawlins as a board member, Wyoming Nurses Association as District 50 President, and Xi Kappa of Beta Sigma Phi.

Barbara has two children, and along with her husband Randy, 4 grandchildren.