Certified Medication Assistant (For CNA's Only)

Program Description

The school is offering this curriculum for a maximum of 100 hours that includes 45 hours of classroom or didactic and 15 hours of clinical lab and 40 hours of clinicals.

The Medication Assistant Training Program offered by Cactus Wren Training Program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and its main objective is for you to learn the basic knowledge of background information and routine procedures that are essential for the safe administration of selected medications by experienced certified nursing assistant in a long term care facility. The content includes the basic principle of medication administration, simple calculations, and categories of medications.

Course Goals:

Upon the successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of the certified medication assistant (CMAs) in Arizona including allowable acts, conditions, and restrictions.
  2. Discuss principles, terminology, laws, and drug references as they apply to administration of medications.
  3. Explain principles of medication action.
  4. Explain principles of medication administration and nursing assistant care considerations when administering medications to clients of all ages.
  5. Accurately calculate medication dosages.
  6. Promote safe medication administration in health care facilities.
  7. Discuss medication properties, uses, adverse effects, administration, and nursing assistant care of residents receiving the following types of medications:

    - Vitamins, minerals, and herbs
    - Antimicrobials
    - Eye and ear medications
    - Skin medications
    - Cardiovascular medications
    - Respiratory medications
    - Gastrointestinal medications
    - Urinary system medications and medications to attain fluid balance
    - Endocrine/Reproductive medications
    - Musculoskeletal medications
    - Nervous system/sensory system medications
    - Psychotropic medication

Admission Requirements:

  1. Educational:

    • High school diploma or equivalent or
    • Transcripts from a nationally or regionally accredited postsecondary school in the United States or
    • United States Military documenting successful completion of college-level coursework

  2. Admission Requirements:

    • Fingerprinting
    • Actively working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for a minimum of six months
    • CNA License in Good standing
    • 18 years old and above
    • Pass the Mathematics and Reading Comprehension Skills
    • Earned a high school diploma, GED, or U.S. college or U.S. military credits or 12 years of education in an foreign country; If educated in a non-English speaking country, a score of 76 on the iBT (internet-based TOEFL) or 6.5 overall and 7.0 on the speaking portion of the International English Language Test Service Academic Examination (IELTS)

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