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

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High School Courses

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. 

Education and Training

Professional Organizations

 

American Health Care Association
1201 L Street NW
Washington, DC, 20005
202/842-4444
www.ahca.org

Leading Age Wisconsin
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI, 53703
608/255-7060
www.wahsa.org

Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
701 Heartland Trail
Madison, WI, 53717
608/827-9200
www.pswi.org

Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance
PO Box 2969
Madison, WI, 53701-2969
608/266-8481
www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/rl_DSL/bqa.htm

Wisconsin Health Care Association/Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living
131 East Wilson Street, Suite 1001
Madison, WI, 53703
608/257-0125
www.whcawical.org/

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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