A medication aide is a person permitted by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) to administer medications to residents in:
- Nursing facilities
- Intermediate care facilities for individuals with an intellectual disability or related conditions
- Correctional institutions
- Assisted living (personal care) facilities
To be a medication aide in a licensed Texas facility, you must:
- 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
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.
In order to become a medication aide, you must successfully complete the medication aide training program, which includes:
- 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, and 10 hours in a return skills demonstration laboratory.
You also must take the medication aide examination, which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions that cover your knowledge of accurate and safe drug therapy.
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To register for the class, students must:
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be a licensed CNA working in Texas
Fill out a registration form
Have a valid driver's license and social security card
Be able to pass a background check