University of Wisconsin–Madison

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: High

Getting Started

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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