Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Medication Aide do?
They work in nursing homes, assisted living centers, centers for the mentally handicapped, in homes and schools helping licensed personnel provide clients with their daily medications.

Do I have to be a Nurse Aide to participate in the Clarkson College course?
Yes, in order to register a student must have successfully completed an approved nurse aide program and/or be listed on the Nebraska Nurse Aide registry. Six months employment as a nurse aide is preferred. Students may not participate in both the Nurse Aide and Medication Aide course at the same time.

How much does the Medication Aide course cost?
The course fee is $295, which includes the textbook and the competency testing. You must register to take the state written examination and pay that fee separately.

How long is the Medication Aide course?
Class dates and times do vary. It is important to consult a schedule for exact sessions. Daytime classes are typically eight days of course instruction. Evening classes are typically 16 sessions. There is no clinical. However the class sessions do not meet every day/evening.

Why doesn’t class meet every day and be done with it?
There is a great deal of information to study and learn, and it can be very overwhelming to try to complete the course in a short period of time. We find that, for students to be successful in this course, it helps to have time off between classes to study.

Can I take the State of Nebraska’s written Medication Aide test at Clarkson College?
No. The state requires all persons testing for the Medication Aide exam to register with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and to take the written test at a designated test location. Information about testing dates and times can be found on the state website.

Does this class meet the state’s new guidelines?
Yes. The Clarkson College Medication Aide course is approved by the Department of Health and Human Services and meets all the qualifications for the 40-hour classification.

Do you help with financial aid or job placement?
No, we are not able to provide those services.