The program includes 100 hours of comprehensive learning, with a minimum of 40 hours dedicated to didactic study and 20 hours of hands-on skills lab experience. Students must pass a skills lab evaluation before administering medication to residents. The program also emphasizes clinical practice, providing 40 hours of hands-on clinical experience. By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the role of certified medication assistants in Arizona and will be well-versed in medication administration principles and nursing assistant care considerations. The course spans over a period of 8 weeks, meeting 2 days per week for 4 hours each day.
To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:
- Currently employed as a CNA for at least 6 months, and in good standing.
- Must be a current License Nursing Assistant (LNA) with the Arizona Board of Nursing.
- Have a minimum of 6 months of experience working as a LNA/CNA with no outstanding complaints or restrictions on your certification.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Pass a math and reading comprehension test.
- Undergo a criminal background check, as well as drug screening.