Medication Administration Lab (CACC 210)

Course Name

Medication Lab Practice for HCAs

Course Description

This one-day face-to-face lab is intended for Health Care Assistants (HCAs), or prospective HCAs in British Columbia. This course will allow students to demonstrate their mastery of Medication Administration skills, and will prepare them to assist with and administer medications in assisted living residences.

This course is the second half of the Certificate in Medication Administration for Health Care Assistants program. Applicants to this course must have successfully completed CACC 200 – Medication Administration Theory for HCAs – with a minimum grade of 80% in order to be eligible to register in this course.

Subject Code

CACC 210

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • have practiced medication administration skills in a lab setting; and
  • be able to demonstrate their ability to safely administer medications in the Assisted Living setting under the supervision of a nurse.




Successful completion of CACC 200, Medication Administration Theory for HCAs with a minimum grade of 80%.

Completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or proof of equivalent as outlined in detail here: 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

Specific medication delivery methods include:

  • blister packs;
  • automated drug dispensing systems;
  • transdermal patches;
  • metered dose inhalers with and without spacer;
  • Turbuhalers;
  • HandiHalers
  • Diskus inhalers;
  • eye drops/eye ointments;
  • ear drops; and
  • medicated creams and lotions.

Learning Resources

All learning resources required are included in the course materials for CACC 200.

Instruction Method

The lab day consists of a period of supervised practice of the skills, and skill testing. It is expected that students will have reviewed all of the skills in the Skills Guide prior to the lab, and bring the Skill Guide to the lab session with them.

Instructors will not be demonstrating the skills, but are available to guide practice in the initial part of the day, and to answer questions throughout the day.

To pass the lab course, students must successfully demonstrate mastery of the skills, and will have the opportunity to repeat a maximum of 3 skills once each.


There are no assignments for this course. All skills must be demonstrated during the lab session.


This course is assessed on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.

Completion Timeframe

1 day (7 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.


Fall 2020 Dates - To be determined