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Can you take online classes to become a certified medication aide?

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It is possible to take some online classes to become a certified medication aide. However, the medication aide program may require that students take many laboratory courses at a school and an internship at a medical institution, notes Study.com.

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Some courses, which students in this program may take online, may include How to Identify Drugs, Assessment of Vital Signs, Infection Control and Medication Preparation, according to Study.com. Classroom training, which includes 140 hours of clinical practice under supervision, may be needed by students in this program, states PayScale.com. Training can take up to four months.

Additionally, requirements to become a certified medication aide can include having a high school diploma or GED and being a certified nursing aide (CNA) in some states. After completion of the program, students are required to take the national Medication Aide Certification Exam (MACE). After passing this exam, medication aides can then dispense prescribed medications to patients while being supervised by a nurse.

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