Wallace College adds certified medication assistant program

Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 5:53 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - A new course added to Wallace College this fall will benefit students entering the medical field.

It’s a 6-week certified medication assistant program. The college just wrapped up their first course on this and are pleased to offer more sessions.

“Currently CNA’s or certified nursing assistants, cannot administer medication,” said Wallace’s Director of Workforce Development Joe Johnson.

That’s all changing as CNAs are enrolling in Wallace College’s new certified medication assistant program.

“The program really is designed to relieve some of the workforce stress on nurses and long-term care facilities and mental health facilities,” says Johnson.

The 6-week course is adding to a CNA’s responsibilities – giving them a pay raise.

“We’ve worked with one facility, those individuals that are coming in that have their CNA certification,” said Johnson. “Upon completion, those individuals have already taken their max certification and have passed, and for that particular facility, they’re getting a $4 an hour pay increase.”

With more employees able to distribute medication – it’s one less task nurses will have to carry out.

“Nurses obviously are in huge demand, so again what we’re really able to do is kind of supplement, from a workforce standpoint, those CNAs through upscaling to again kind of relieve some of that burden on some of those nurses.”

The second 6-week course begins Monday, January 10th. There will also be a third session that will start May 16th.

There are only 14 spots available per course session. You do not have to be a certified nursing assistant to enroll.

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