Medication Attendant Certified
Technical Competency Area (TCA)
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The Medication Attendant Certified (MAC) program prepares individuals for employment in approved long-term care facilities as certified medication attendants. The course meets the minimum standards set by the Department of Health & Hospitals for MACs. It addresses training and competency directed towards the provision of safe, effective and timely administration of medications to nursing home residents by medication attendants. This is a new program mandated by the Louisiana legislature, in HB 246, to assist in relieving the shortage of licensed nurses by training approved unlicensed personnel to administer medications in authorized nursing homes. Graduates will be eligible to seek certification from Louisianas Department of Health and Hospitals via the approved statewide competency exam.
- Provide information relative to ensuring that MACs can communicate and interact competently on a one-to-one basis with residents as part of the team implementing resident care;
- Demonstrate sensitivity to the resident's emotional, social and mental health needs through skillful, directed interactions;
- Exhibit behavior to support and promote the rights of residents;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the skills related to medication administration;
- Prepare graduates for successful completion of the state approved competency exam and eligibility of certification from the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).
- Citizen of the United States
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Submit a completed health and physical examination form
- HS graduate or valid general equivalency diploma (GED)
- Minimum of 1yr experience as CNA and must be currently employed in a facility as a CNA on the first official day of enrollment
- Referral letter from employer required
- Successfully pass a statewide criminal history background check with results sent to the training entity
- Must pass a comprehensive drug screening test
- COMPASS scores: reading 64; writing 25; and math (pre-algebra), 31
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An application or re-application fee and a testing fee per component are charged for each Application for Admission submitted.
Tuition is paid by the semester. (SEE - Tuition and Fees) Students are also required to purchase books and supplies separately. Contact your host campus for a complete projected cost of this program.
The college accepts cash, personal and company checks, MasterCard or Visa for all fees. A percentage of tuition and fees are refundable up to the tenth day of instruction. No refund will be made after the tenth day.