Welcome to the SafeDose Medication Assistance Training Program

Course Description

The SafeDose Pharmacy Medication Assistance Training Program is designed to prepare caregivers working in Commonwealth of Virginia Supported Community Living Facilities to perform their duties and responsibilities effectively. Assisting with the proper administration of medications is very important in helping the clients/individuals of the facility to control illnesses and to feel better.

It is necessary that these Supported Community Living Facilities ensure that each caregiver completes this training and performs each task acceptably. The program’s content is divided into 42 Tasks which are logically grouped into 5 Duty Areas. The tasks have been validated by practitioners as representing knowledge, skills, or attitudes needed for successful employment as a medication assisting caregiver.

The Drug Control Act in the Code of Virginia requires that persons who administer drugs in accordance with a physician’s instructions receive training (32hr) in the curriculum approved by the Board of Nursing. The materials contained in the SafeDose Pharmacy Medication Assistance Training Program were created in March 2021. They have been officially approved by the Board of Nursing.

This program was designed to be taken online using a system that makes the program content available and accessible 24/7. A Medication Aide candidate will learn the course content by reading documents, viewing narrated presentations, and viewing demonstration videos. They will then be evaluated by taking online quizzes and being observed performing specified skill tasks. To pass the program, the candidate must pass all quizzes with a minimum 80% score and pass all skill observations.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Duty Area One: Preparing to Function Effectively as a Medication Administering Caregiver

    • Begin Here: A Welcome Video

    • Copyright/Release Statement

    • Duty Area One Trainee Handout

    • Task 1.1: Rights and Responsibilities of Supported Community Living Facilities

    • Duty Area One: Task 1.1 Quiz

    • Task 1.2: Recognizing Emergencies & Other Health Threatening Conditions and Responding Accordingly

    • Duty Area One: Task 1.2 Quiz

    • Task 1.3: Identify Medication Terminology and Abbreviations

    • Duty Area One: Task 1.3 Quiz

    • Task 1.4: Identify Classes of Medications

    • Duty Area One: Task 1.4 Quiz

    • Tasks 1.5.1: Retrieve Information on Psychotropic Drugs Used in Licensed Facilities 1.5.2: Interpret Selective Information on Psychotropic Drugs Used in Licensed Facilities 1.5.3: Identifying Selective Drug Interactions with Psychotropic D

    • Drug Information Sheet for Quiz 1.5

    • Duty Area One: Task 1.5 Quiz

  • 2

    Duty Area Two: Maintaining Aseptic Conditions

    • Begin Here: Duty Area Two Trainee Handout

    • Task 2.1: Implementing Standard Precautions

    • Task 2.1 Demonstration: Implement Standard Precautions: Gown, Glove, and Mask

    • Task 2.1 Demonstration: Implement Standard Precautions: Hand Rub

    • Task 2.1 Demonstration: Implementations Standard Precautions: Hand Wash

    • Task 2.2: Clean and Disinfect Storage Area, Cart, etc.

    • Task 2.2 Demonstration: Clean and Disinfect Storage Area

    • Task 2.3: Disposal of Infectious Waste

    • Task 2.3 Demonstration: Disposal of Infectious Waste

    • Task 2.3 Demonstration: Disposal of Infectious Waste: Spill Kit

    • Duty Area 2 Quiz

  • 3

    Duty Area Three: Facilitating Client/Individual's (C/I) Self-Administration or Assisting with Medical Administration

    • Duty Area Three Trainee Handout

    • Task 3.1: Review Admission Records and Doctor’s Orders

    • Task 3.2: Maintain C/I Medical Records

    • Task 3.1-2 Quiz

    • Task 3.3: Prepare Medication Administration Record (MAR)

    • Task 3.4: Facilitating a Client/Individual’s Awareness of the Purpose and Effects of Medication

    • Drug Information Sheet for Quiz 3.4

    • Task 3.4 Quiz

    • Task 3.5: Assist Client/Individual to Interpret Prescription Labels

    • Task 3.5 Quiz

    • Task 3.6: The Five Rights of Medication Administration

    • Task 3.6 Quiz

    • Task 3.7: Pouring/Preparing Medications

    • Task 3.7 Demonstration: Follow Proper Procedure for Medication Preparation

    • Task 3.8: Measure and Record Vital Signs

    • Task 3.8 Demonstration: Taking & Recording Vital Signs

    • Task 3.9: Assist C/I to Administer Oral Medications and Document Medication Administration

    • Task 3.10: Report and Document C/I’s Refusal to Take Medication

    • Task 3.9 3.10 Demonstration: Oral Medications and Refusal

    • Task 3.11: Document Medication Errors

    • Task 3.12: Store and Secure All Medications

    • Task 3.12 Demonstration: Store & Secure All Medications

    • Task 3.13: Maintain an Inventory of Medications

    • Task 3.14: Dispose of Medications

    • Task 3.14 Demonstration: Dispose of Medications

  • 4

    Duty Area Four: Assisting Client/Individual with Self-Administration of Prepared Instillations and Treatments

    • Duty Area Four Trainee Handout

    • The Purpose of Duty Area Four

    • Task 4.1 Demonstration: Assist Client with Administering Eye Care

    • Task 4.2 Demonstration: Assist Client with Administering Ear Drops

    • Task 4.3 and 4.8: Demonstration: Assist Client with Nasal Spray and Inhalation

    • Task 4.4 Demonstration: Topical Medications

    • Task 4.5 Demonstration: Compresses and Dressings

    • Task 4.6 Demonstration: Vaginal Products

    • Task 4.6.1 Demonstration: Rectal Products

    • Task 4.7 Demonstration: Sitz Bath

    • Task 4.7.1 Demonstration: Foot Soak

    • Task 4.9 Demonstration: Assist Client with Oral Hygiene

    • Task 4.10 Demonstration: Transdermal Patches

    • Task 4.12 Demonstration: EpiPen

  • 5

    Duty Area Five: Assisting the Diabetic Client/Individual Preparing and Injecting Insulin

    • Duty Area Five Trainee Handout

    • Task 5.1: Understand the Basic Facts about Diabetes

    • Task 5.1 Quiz

    • Task 5.2: Become Familiar with the Activities Involved in the Management of Diabetes

    • Task 5.2 Quiz

    • Task 5.3: Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

    • Task 5.3 Quiz

    • Task 5.4: Assist Individual with a Finger Stick or Blood Glucose Monitoring

    • Task 5.5: Assist Individual with an Insulin Injection

    • Task 5.4 and 5.5 Demonstration: Blood Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Injections

    • Congratulations!: One more key step to completion


    • UPLOAD: Your SIGNED-OFF Procedure Observation Checklist