Nursing Home Medication Aides in Wisconsin
The following regulations allow unlicensed personnel
to administer medications to nursing home residents if they have taken a
Department of Health Services approved medication administration program:
- 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 483.60
- Wisconsin Administrative Code DHS 132.60(5)(d)1
For currently approved medication administration programs,
refer to Approved Nursing Home Medication Aide
Courses (PDF, 37 KB).
detailed information about each program please contact the individual
listings. Each program will have information regarding the times it is offered, the schedule, the cost, and how to enroll.
Individuals who are eligible to take the program and become a medication
aide must meet the following requirements:
- be at least 18 years of age,
- have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma,
- be current on the State of Wisconsin nurse aide directory,
- be current on the federal nurse aide directory,
- have at least 2000 hours experience in direct patient care within
the last 3 years,
- have worked a minimum of 40 hours, within the last 90 days, with the
residents to whom the student will be administering medications,
- be recommended in writing by the director of nursing and the
administrator of the agency in which the student will be working during
the clinical experience, and
- be recommended in writing by 2 licensed charge nurses under whose
licenses the aide will be administering medications.
Each individual approved program may request additional
information beyond the basic requirements. Refer to Criteria
for State Approved Medication Assistant Course (PDF,
Some individuals may have training and experience that may exempt them
from medication aide training. Examples of potential exemptions include:
- Nursing students.
- Graduate nurses who do not hold a license.
- Nurse aides who have been medication aides in nursing homes in other
Individuals who wish to be a medication aide for nursing
homes and may meet a training exemption should review and complete
the Challenge Exam Application.
If the medication training that was
received is equivalent to the medication aide training course, individuals
may be exempt from the training course and will be required to take only a
The following are links to other information about medication aides in
If you have further questions about medication aides in Wisconsin
Nursing Homes please E-mail Doug Englebert
or call 608-266-5388.
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June 19, 2012