Medication Assistant

  • Medication Assistant

Medication assistants are trained to follow standard practices for administering medications.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Medication Assistants work in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. The primary activities include following standard practices of infection control, using drug references to access information, following medication orders, documenting medication-related information, assisting with storage and stocking of medications, reporting effects of drug on residents, setting up drugs for med pass, and administering medications.

 Education: 120 hours

 Patient Interaction: Low

 Physical Activity: Low

 Salary: $31,946

Job Growth: Medium

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Getting Started

High school students must already by certified as a nurse assistant and have at least 2000 hours of experience in direct patient care within the last three years. Basic reading and math level competency is required as well as a written recommendation from a nursing supervisor. 


American Health Care Association
1201 L Street NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Leading Age Wisconsin
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI, 53703

Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
701 Heartland Trail
Madison, WI, 53717

Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance
PO Box 2969
Madison, WI, 53701-2969

Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living
131 East Wilson Street, Suite 1001
Madison, WI, 53703

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2012 (Wisconsin): 10,810
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 591,300
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 730,200
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 24%
Expected Annual Openings: 26,210
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $31,946

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