Nursing Home Medication Aides in Wisconsin

Unlicensed personnel are required to meet specific requirements to be able to administer medications to Wisconsin nursing home residents.  Listed below is information about medication aide requirements and information for instructors of medication aide programs.


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

Medication Aide Courses and Requirements

For currently approved medication administration programs, refer to Approved Nursing Home Medication Aide Courses (PDF, 17 KB)

For 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:

  1. be at least 18 years of age,
  2. have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma,
  3. be current on the State of Wisconsin nurse aide directory,
  4. be current on the federal nurse aide directory,
  5. have at least 2000 hours experience in direct patient care within the last 3 years,
  6. have worked a minimum of 40 hours, within the last 90 days, with the residents to whom the student will be administering medications,
  7. 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
  8. be recommended in writing by 2 licensed charge nurses under whose licenses the aide will be administering medications.

Training Exemptions

Some individuals may have training and experience that may exempt them from medication aide training. Examples of potential exemptions include:

  1. Nursing students.
  2. Graduate nurses who do not hold a license.
  3. Nurse aides who have been medication aides in nursing homes in other states.

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. Fill out the Application Information and sign the release statement.

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 written exam. The written exam is 100-150 questions of multiple choice, file in the blank, true/false and matching. The textbook used for the course is "Medication Administration", Donna Gauwitz 4th, 5th or 6th edition.

The following are links to other information about medication aides in Wisconsin.

Medication Aide Instructor Information

Below is information about course content and other information that instructors may find helpful.


If you have further questions about medication aides in Wisconsin Nursing Homes please email Doug Englebert or call 608-266-5388.


Last Revised: July 2, 2015