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Certificate in Medication Administration for Health Care Assistants

The Certificate in Medication Administration for Health Care Assistants in Assisted Living is designed for new Health Care Assistants, or those who want to refresh their medication administration skills. Through this two-course certificate program, you will have an opportunity to review medication administration theory, and to practice the skills in a lab setting. Successful completion of the full program prepares you to safely administer medications in the Assisted Living setting under the supervision of a nurse.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be equipped to:

  • understand the role of the HCA in the Assisted Living setting;
  • understand the fundamentals of medications and their administration; and
  • demonstrate their ability to safely administer medications in the Assisted Living setting.

Courses

Program Admission

Proof of completion of an HCA Registry approved certificate or equivalent.

If you are within one month of completing an HCA Certificate program at the time of application you may be admitted into the theory course. The HCA program in which you are enrolled must follow the BC Provincial HCA Curriculum.

Program Duration

You have two months from your start date to complete the theory course; successful completion makes you eligible to register in the next available lab session.

Credential

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, you will be awarded a Douglas College Continuing Education program certificate.