This course is designed to prepare an Unlicensed Medication Assistant (UMA) for employment and to meet the qualifications for administering medication in approved health care facilities in South Dakota. Course material includes basic pharmacology, medication administration, as well as safety and infection control while administering authorized medications. Other topics include body structure, function, life span considerations and more.

This course is an optional module for the Avera Med Aide On Line Training Solutions program. UMAs, in certain settings, may participate in this course as an annual review.

Nursing students who have completed a pharmacology course and fundamentals in nursing that included theory, lab, and clinical content in medication administration may qualify for this course.This course includes the Unit 1 exam, the online lab, Unit 2 exam and the 3-hour in person skills clinical lab/skills evaluation. 

This course is an optional module for the Avera Med Aide On Line Training Solutions program.

Unit 1 of the Avera Education & Staffing Solutions Med Aide OnLine Training Solutions consists of 11 chapters. Topics include: "The Medication Assistant," "Medication Safety," and "Topical Drugs." The required text for this course is: Mosby's Textbook for Medication Assistants (2009). Activities consist of presentations and a quiz.

Unit 2 of the Avera Education & Staffing Solutions Med Aide OnLine Training Solutions consists of 24 chapters.  A few of the topics include: "Body Structure and Function," "Drugs Used to Manage Pain," and "Drugs Used to Treat Respiratory Disease." The required text for this course is: Mosby's Textbook for Medication Assistants (2009). Activities consist of presentations and a quiz.

The on-line lab is composed of four parts and a quiz. Take the quiz as many times as needed to successfully reach a score of at least 85%.

This course provides the testing for the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions program. It includes exams for Units 1 and 2.