MEDICATION AIDE TRAINING
What Is a Med-Tech?
For the purposes of this section, a Medication Assistant, otherwise known as a Med-Tech, is a certified non-professional, who dispenses over-the-counter and pharmaceutical medication to patients.
It is Under Tittle XXX Chapter 429 of the Florida Statutes that a Med-Tech is given the authority to assist with the self-administration of medication. The following conditions must be met in order for a Med-Tech to work in an Assisted Living Facility, Nursing Home and Home Health Care Environment.
(a) “Informed consent” means advising the resident, or the resident’s surrogate, guardian, attorney in fact, that the assisted living facility is not required to have a licensed nurse on staff and that the resident may be receiving assistance with self-administration of medication from an unlicensed person and that such assistance, if provided by an unlicensed person, will or will not be overseen by a licensed nurse. (b) “Unlicensed person” means an individual not currently licensed to practice nursing or medicine, who is employed by or under contract to an assisted living facility. Additionally this pertains to an individual who has received training with respect to assisting with the self-administration of medication in an assisted living facility, as provided under Florida Statutes 429.52
Residents who are capable of self-administering their own medications without assistance shall be encouraged and allowed to do so. However, an unlicensed person may dispense medication consistent with the prescription label or the package directions of an over-the-counter medication, as long as the resident’s condition is medically stable. Furthermore, assistance with self-medication by an unlicensed person may occur only upon a documented request by and with the written consent of a resident, the resident’s surrogate, guardian or attorney in fact. For the purposes of the section, self-administered medications include legend and over-the-counter oral dosage forms, topical dosage forms, topical ophthalmic, otic and nasal dosage forms; including solutions, suspensions, sprays, and inhalers.
Becoming a Med-Tech
The Med-Tech training program at North Florida Training Center for Entry Level Medical Care will give you the hands-on training, practical experience and professional support it takes to become a successful Med-Tech.
Our program provides training in:
HIPAA Law and Regulations
Accurate Documentation Standard
Patient Rights to Refuse
We highly recommended this program for candidates who have completed training in or are already working in the health care industry. Professional Med-Techs have the satisfaction of knowing that their work helps to diagnose and treat illness, while contributing to the health and well-being of their communities.
Is Med-Tech Training Right for You?
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Med-Tech, call (904) 434-2949, and a helpful NFTC admissions adviser will assist you with scheduling a class.