Medication Aide

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140 clock hours One day per week (Fridays) 8-12 pm series (day) or 1-5pm series (day) One day per week (Wednesdays) series 5:00-9:00 pm

What is a Medication Aide? 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

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How does one become a Medication Aide? 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. How do I 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.
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED

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.
What costs are associated with Medication Aide? The fee schedule is as follows:
  • First Renewal Fee — $15, no CE hours required
  • Late Renewal (less than 90 Days) — $22.50
  • Late Renewal (91-365 Days) — $30
  • Late Renewal (more than one year) — Must retrain and retest
  • Second Renewal and thereafter — $15 after seven CE hours completed
  • Late Renewal (less than 90 Days) — $22.50
  • Late Renewal (91-365 Days) — $30
  • Late Renewal (more than one year) — Must retrain and retest
A renewal notice will be mailed to your last reported mailing address. After your first renewal period, a renewal notice will not be sent to you until you have completed the required seven CE hours. To avoid incurring late fees, you must complete your continuing education hours and return the completed renewal notice along with the applicable fees before your permit expires, allowing time for mail processing.

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