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Certified Medication Aide

Requirements Before Starting

  • A letter from the administrator or DON OR Provide a completed and signed Clinical Agreement verifying the following: 480 Hours of consecutive work experience at the current place of employment, DCW Registry, Employee’s attune interest & reliability.
  • Reading comprehension, writing ability and aptitude for math.
  • Absence of history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Competency in obtaining blood pressure and apical pulses.
  • Copy of license of RN who will teach the 12 hours of clinical in the sponsoring facility
    • If you are a facility wanting to pay for a student/s please fill out the Registration Form and fax it to 712-325-3721
  • Clinical Agreement

Mail or Deliver “Requirements Before Starting” Documentation to Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department

About the Program

  • All students must take the “Prepare to Care” 6-hour lecture on the first day of class. An exam given that day must be passed with an 80% or better in order to advance to the Medication Aide portion of the class
  • Students must have an 80% or better on the Medication Aide final exam, which is scheduled upon completion of the clinical portion
  • All course projects and reports must be completed. Students must complete at least 12 hours of clinical in the long-term care facility to successfully complete the course requirements and receive a certificate
  • Clinical must be taught by the Registered Nurse in the sponsoring facility. The skills checklist must be returned by mail or in person to IWCC within 6 weeks of the last day of class
  • All homework assignments must be completed satisfactorily prior to receiving the certificate
  • Upon successful completion of the course, and a 12-hour clinical in the sponsoring facility, the participant will receive a certificate.
  • 60-Hour course prepares nurse aides and residential attendants to administer non-parental medications in Long Term Care facilities. Course is approved but the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and Nebraska Health and Human Services regulations governing medication aides. Nebraska requires the participants to pass the Nebraska State Exam after completion of the course

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Available Courses

   07/01/24 - Clarinda Campus

Class Time:  July 1st  9:00am-3:30 pm  Mandatory Pre-requisite Prepare to care

Class Time: July 2, 3, 9, 12, 16, & 18  8:00am-4:00pm  

Clinical: The 12-hour mandated clinical will be performed at the student's facility under the direct supervision of a staff RN. 

State Exam:  Estimated Date August  8th   TBA

PLEASE NOTE:  You will need a completed and signed Agency Agreement to upload for the registration of this class.  An Agency Agreement is located on the Medication Aide landing page.

 https://www.iwcc.edu/ce/health/medication-programs/

Start Date: 07/01/24
End Date: 07/18/24
Seats Available: 10
Cost: $585
Location: Clarinda Campus
   08/02/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

Class Time: August 2-19  8:30am-3:30pm   MWF

Clinical: State mandated 12 Hour Clinical will be performed at the student's place of employment, under the direct supervision of staff RN.

State Exam: Estimated for Sept. 9th   TBA

 

PLEASE NOTE:  You will need a completed and signed Agency Agreement to upload for the registration of this class.  An Agency Agreement is located on the Medication Aide landing page.

https://www.iwcc.edu/ce/health/medication-programs/

 

 

Start Date: 08/02/24
End Date: 08/19/24
Seats Available: 20
Cost: $585
Location: Council Bluffs Campus

Class Time: August 28th 9:00am-3:30   Pre-requisite  Prepare to Care   

Class Time: August 29- Sept 6th  8:00am-4:00pm  

State Exam:  Sept 20th  Estimated Date   TBA

PLEASE NOTE:  You will need a completed and signed Agency Agreement to upload for the registration of this class.  An Agency Agreement is located on the Medication Aide landing page.

https://iwccdev.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/Medication-Aide-Clinical-Agreement.pdf

 

Start Date: 08/28/24
End Date: 09/06/24
Seats Available: 10
Cost: $585
Location: Atlantic

Class Time:  Sept. 16th  8am-2:30pm 

Class Time:  Sept. 17th  9am-12:00pm

Class/Online:  Sept.16-Oct. 1

Zoom:  Sept 19, 26th  8:00PM -9:00PM

Lab:  Sept 24, Oct. 1st  9am-12:00pm

Clinical:  This 12-hour mandated clinical is to be performed at student's facility, under the direct supervision of staff RN.

State Exam:  Oct. 22 estimate;  TBA

PLEASE NOTE:  You will need a completed and signed Agency Agreement to upload for the registration of this class.  An Agency Agreement is located on the Medication Aide landing page.

https://www.iwcc.edu/ce/health/medication-programs/

 

 

Start Date: 09/16/24
End Date: 10/01/24
Seats Available: 10
Cost: $585
Location: Atlantic


Refunds: You may cancel your registration 5 business days prior to the start of the class date and receive a 100% refund excluding the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western’s Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check.  A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at ce@iwcc.edu.

Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where a minimum enrollment is not achieved.  A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.

Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to $25.00 transfer fee.  Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for non-attendance.  Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class.  After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.