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Medication Administration Theory (CACC 200)

 

 

Course Name

 

Medication Administration Theory for HCAs

 

Course Description

 

This fully on-line course is intended for Health Care Assistants (HCAs), or prospective HCAs in British Columbia. This course will help prepare students to assist with and administer medications in assisted living residences.

 

This course is the first half of the Certificate in Medication Administration for Health Care Assistants program. Program participants must successfully complete both courses to receive the certificate; successful completion of the full program will prepare students to safely administer medications in the Assisted Living setting under the supervision of a nurse.

 

 

Subject Code

 

CACC 200

 

 

Learning Objectives

 

By the end of this course, students will

  • understand the role of the HCA in the Assisted Living setting;
  • understand the fundamentals of medications and their administration; and
  • be able to demonstrate the procedures for various medication delivery methods.

 

 

Tuition

 

$171.00

 

 

Pre-requisite

 

HCA Registry-approved Certificate or equivalent.

 

Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is required. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this requirement. Proof of successful completion is not required on registration, but may be requested by Douglas College

 

 

Course Content

 

Topics covered include:

  • basic HCA concepts and skills;
  • basic pharmacology
  • guideline when giving medications;
  • procedures for medication delivery, including oral medications, nasal sprays, sublingual medications, eye and ear medications, inhaled medications, and topical and transdermal medications; and
  • safety, documentation and PRN medications.

 

 

Learning Resources

 

 

All required resources will be provided within the course.

 

The primary resource used is Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker (4th Canadian Edition). It is available through the Douglas College Bookstore for anyone wishing to order a copy. It may also be available at public college libraries throughout BC where the Health Care Assistant Program is offered. This textbook is used by HCA programs throughout BC, and most of Canada. It is a good resource for anyone working as an HCA in BC.

 

 

Instruction Method

 

Interactive online course, delivered through Blackboard.

 

Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.

 

 

Assignments

 

There are seven modules, each of which has an evaluation or activity students must successfully complete before moving on to the next module. Evaluation or activities may include quizzes/tests, questions to answer, forms to fill in/worksheets, or other activities.

 

Students must also successfully complete a supervised on-line test.

 

 

Grading

 

Minimum grade to pass is B+ (80%).

 

 

Completion Timeframe

 

Two (2) months (20 hours) from course start date.

 

 

Registration and Course Start

 

Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to: cehsadmin@douglascollege.ca, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.

 

Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.

 

 Start Date CRN Registration Deadline
Dec 2, 2019 provided by dept Nov 22, 2019

Winter 2020

NOTE: Registration for Winter 2020 begins December 9, 2019

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Jan 6, 2020 provided by dept Dec 20, 2019
Feb 3, 2020 provided by dept Jan 24, 2020
Mar 2, 2020 provided by dept Feb 21, 2020
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020

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Angela RCA"I feel totally prepared to assist in medication delivery after doing this lab. We had the time to practice our skills, the instructors were patient, and gave the most insightful feedback. The college has done a great job designing this lab. Well done!"

~ Angela, RCA