Assisting with Self-Administration of Medications: Medication Orders


The purpose of this course is to provide unlicensed personnel working in residential care, home care, and hospice with the basic information and knowledge to properly assist individuals with self-administration of their medications. The different types of medications and medication orders are presented, and you will learn to recognize a medication order that requires judgment or discretion and respond appropriately. You will discover the components of a medication label, as well as detect when information is missing or incorrect on the label and in a medication order. Finally, you will observe various special instructions often found in medication orders and the normal parameters or ranges for medication orders. As you progress through this course, it is critical for you to always keep in mind the importance of being aware of and following your scope of practice guidelines and organizational policies and procedures, and acknowledge the fact that practice guidelines and regulations do vary from state to state and from organization to organization.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


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; Approval # . This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-ASMMO
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe different types of medications and medication orders.
Recognize a medication order that requires judgment or discretion and respond appropriately.
Explain the components of a medication label.
Implement various types of special instructions found in medication orders.
Detect missing or incorrect information on medication labels and orders and respond appropriately.
Recognize the normal components and parameters for medication orders and seek clarification as needed.

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Medications
A. Types of Medications
B. Over-the-Counter Medications
C. Prescription Medications
D. Controlled Medications
E. Review
F. Summary
Section 3: Types and Components of Medication Orders
A. Definition
B. Routine Orders
C. PRN Orders
D. Meet Ester
E. Abbreviations
F. Review
G. Summary
Section 4: Components of Medication Labels
A. Medication Labels
B. Let's Practice
C. Special Instructions
D. Review
E. Summary
Section 5: Clarification, Judgment, and Discretion
A. Thinking it Through
B. Clarification
C. Additional Recommendations
D. Judgment and Discretion
E. Mrs. Quimby
F. Ranges
G. Minimal Directions
H. Review
I. Summary
Section 6: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributor
C. Resources
D. References
E. Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.
Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993, and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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