Medication Administration for Unlicensed Paraprofessionals

Medication Administration for Unlicensed Paraprofessionals 

Medication administration by unlicensed paraprofessionals has become more common in healthcare settings because the individuals served often require more medications than they previously did, and staffing shortages among nurses are common. Unlicensed paraprofessionals who are trained, assessed, and regularly supervised by a nurse, can therefore be a positive asset to the healthcare team. This course will teach you basic information that you need in order to safely and effectively administer medications to the people you serve.


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services


This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
Program Sponsor ID #032316;
This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-BH2
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe the basics of medication administration.
List the five rights of medication administration.
Demonstrate proper documentation and storage of medications.
Identify the role of unlicensed assistive personnel in medication administration.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Medication Administration Basics

A. Molly’s Mistake

B. Who Are Unlicensed Assistive Personnel?

C. Documentation

D. Storage of Medications

E. Administering Medication

F. Medication Rights

G. Review

H. Summary

Section 3: Regulatory Issues and Staff Roles

A. Nursing Delegation and Training

B. Understanding Your Role

C. Rights of the Person Receiving Services

D. What Should Molly Do?

E. Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributor

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

F. Exam

G. BrainSparks

Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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