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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.










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.





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.





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:, 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.


Summer 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
 Apr 6, 2020  provided by dept  Mar 27, 2020
 May 4, 2020  provided by dept  Apr 24, 2019
 Jun 1, 2020  provided by dept  May 22, 2020
 Jul 6, 2020  provided by dept  Jun 26, 2020
 Aug 4, 2020  provided by dept  Jul 24, 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