Assistance with Medications

Essential Training Required for Medication Administration in Healthcare Settings

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Program Overview

Are you looking to enhance your skills in the healthcare field? The Assistance with Medications program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to contribute more effectively in healthcare settings. In this program, you will learn the essential aspects of medication administration, including safety protocols, dosage calculations, and patient communication. This knowledge is vital for those working in environments where medication assistance is required, such as nursing homes or home health settings.

Our course is skill-based, either in-person or online, allowing you to apply your learning in practical scenarios. Whether you are a healthcare professional looking to upskill or someone seeking to enter the healthcare sector, this program offers the foundational knowledge and practical abilities you need to succeed.

Degree or Certificate Type




Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Medication Administration Skills: Learn the correct methods for administering medications and ensuring patient safety.
  • Dosage Calculations: Understand how to calculate proper medication dosages for various patient needs.
  • Safety Protocols: Master the safety protocols and guidelines for handling and distributing medications.
  • Patient Communication: Develop effective communication skills for interacting with patients during medication administration.
  • Career Enhancement: Equip yourself with a valuable skill set that enhances your capabilities in the healthcare industry.

Area of Study

  • Minimum age requirement to start courses is 16.
  • Online courses require employment at a facility with a Registered Nurse available to oversee skill assessments.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion

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Career Opportunities

  • Home Health and Personal Care Aides


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  • Nursing Assistants

    Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. Excludes “Home Health Aides” (31-1121), “Personal Care Aides” (31-1122), “Orderlies” (31-1132), and “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).


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  • Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

    All healthcare support workers not listed separately.


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  • Orderlies

    Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Excludes “Nursing Assistants” (31-1131). Psychiatric orderlies are included in “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).


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  • Psychiatric Aides

    Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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