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Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions©

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

 

How can I become enrolled in the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© Program?

            Answer Independent students or facility students must be registered on-line at www.averasolutions.org for the Med Aide program (facility students must be registered by their RN Clinical Sponsor). Once registration is received independent students will need to submit payment to gain access to login and password. The facility student’s facility will be billed for the Med Aide on-line program and their RN Clinical Sponsor will have the login and password sent to their email for the student’s use. Contact AESS staff, as needed, with questions related to the on-line registration process. 

Is a computer required to complete this training?

    Answer:      Yes; all students are required to have access to a computer (with sound and video capabilities, and Adobe Acrobat 9 – or later) for various components of the training.  It is recommended for facility students, but not required, to have printer access to be able to print chapter quiz and On-line lab quiz results. Independent students are required to have a printer to print out all quiz results and submit them to AESS. If a facility student has no printer, the RN Clinical Sponsor must supervise and record all quiz results.    

A computer is also required for all exams. Exams will not be printed, but must be proctored and scores documented by the RN Clinical Sponsor or the RN Instructor (if completed at AESS).

Are there any pre-requisites for students to achieve a certificate upon completion of the Med Aide On-Line Course?

          Answer:            Yes, a student must submit a High School Diploma or GED to AESS before he/she will be issued a certificate of completion. The student may not work as a medication aide without submission of High School Diploma or GED.

How many hours are required for the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© program? 

          Answer:            The entire program, as approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing, is 20 hours.  The on-line modules and on-line lab are self-paced.  The program is designed to allow students to complete the on-line modules, chapter quizzes, and unit exams, at a pace comfortable for them.

What materials are required for the course?

            Answer:          The following materials are required for participation/completion of the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© program:

  1. Textbook:  Sorrentino, S. & Remmert, L. 2009), Mosby’s Textbook for Medication Assistants, Mosby: St. Louis, MO.  ISBN:  978-0-323-04687-9.
  2. A computer with internet, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or later, sound and video capabilities; printer capability is recommended but not required.
  3. AESS Med Aide Training Documentation form (available at www.averasolutions.org)/Upcoming Classes/Med Aide Training Program) or can be printed from the on-line program.
  4. AESS Procedure Checklists and Clinical Skills Checklist (available at www.averasolutions.org)/ Upcoming Classes/Med Aide Training Program or can be printed from the on-line program.
  5. Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions Program Evaluation tool (to be completed immediately at the conclusion of the proctored on-line Final Exam).

Is the program progressive?

          Answer:         Yes; the program is progressive.  There are 35 text chapters - accompanied by on-line modules with embedded practice questions/quizzes. Unit 1 chapters must be completed before taking the Unit 1 Exam. After successful completion of the Unit 1 Exam you may continue to the Unit 2 modules. Similar to Unit 1, you must complete all chapters of Unit 2 prior to completing the Unit 2 Exam. After successful completion of the Unit 2 Exam, a student may continue on to the On-line Lab and Quiz. After the lab the student may then register on-line to complete the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation with AESS or set a time with their RN Clinical Sponsor for a date that is convenient for them. After completion, the independent student or RN Clinical Sponsor will complete the Final Exam. Once completed, the AESS Training Documentation must be completed and signed along with the Clinical Skills Checklist has been submitted to AESS (Note: Independent student’s AESS Training Documentation and Clinical Skills Checklist will be completed by AESS and filed in our records). Once all documentation and the High School Diploma has been received and verified by AESS a certificate of completion will be awarded to independent students and to the facility for facility students.

How is the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© program structured?

        Answer:          Begin with reading the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Program© overview and syllabus which outlines the training program. The required textbook is:

  Sorrentino, S. & Remmert, L. (2009), Mosby’s Textbook for Medication Assistants, Mosby: St. Louis, MO.  ISBN:  978-0-323-04687-9.  This textbook has an optional workbook that is not a required component of the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© program.  However, the facility, or if you are an Independent student, may wish to purchase it as an additional training tool to reinforce instruction.

   1.  Unit 1:  Read text and complete accompanying on-line modules and chapter quizzes (chapters 1-4, 6, 8-13). Students may retake chapter quizzes until   minimum score of 85% is achieved.

    2.  On-line 1 Exam: Students must achieve a minimum score of at least 85%. If failure to achieve an 85%, a student may retake this exam one time after the first attempt has been completed (the student is encouraged to review missed questions). If not successful after retake, the student must be registered on-line as a new student, and restart the program again, beginning with Unit 1, Chapter 1(new student fee will be charged at this time). If at least an 85% is achieved on first or second attempt the student may proceed to Unit 2.

    3.  Unit 2:  Read text and complete accompanying on-line modules and chapter quizzes (chapters 5, 7, 14-35). Students may repeat chapter quizzes until a required minimum score of 85% is achieved. 

    4.  On-line Unit 2 Exam: Students must achieve a minimum score of at least 85%. If failure to achieve an 85%, a student may retake this exam one time after the first attempt has been completed (the student is encouraged to review missed questions). If not successful after retake, the student must be registered on-line as a new student, and restart the program again, beginning with Unit 1, Chapter 1(new student fee will be charged at this time). If at least an 85% is achieved on first or second attempt the student may move on. If successful continue onto the on-line lab.

    5.  (1 hour) On-line lab and quiz: You may repeat the quiz until a required minimum   score of 85% is achieved.

    6.  (3 hour) 1:1 Skill Performance Evaluation: Independents and facility students completing at AESS location must register on-line to take this component. If facility students are completing this at their facility no registration is required, but documentation and submission of the Clinical Skills Checklist are mandatory.

    7.  Proctored on-line Final Exam: Students may take the Final Exam at a time continent for the facility or as scheduled with AESS for independents. Students may retake Final Exam (if needed) one time after the first attempt has been completed (the student may review missed questions). A minimum score of 85% is required, and if not successful after retake, the student must be registered on-line as a new student, and restart the program again, beginning with Unit 1, Chapter 1. A new student fee will be required at this time.

What do I do if I take a Unit Exam or the proctored on-line Final Exam and I retake it once and I don’t achieve a minimum score of 85%? 

          Answer:  If the student does not successfully complete a proctored exam, the student may retake each exam one time after the first attempt has been completed (the student is encouraged to review missed questions). If a second attempt on any Exam does not meet the requirement of at least a score of 85%, the student must be registered on-line as a new student, and begin the program from Unit 1, Chapter 1 (a new student fee will be charged).

Tell me more about the 1 hour On-Line Lab and quiz of the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© program.

          Answer:          The On-line lab and quiz is scheduled for 1 hour.  The on-line lab quiz may be repeated until a required minimum of 85% is achieved. Independent students must print results and submit to AESS. Facility students must print and/or have their RN Clinical Sponsor record results on the AESS Med Aide Training Documentation Form.

Tell me more about the clinical component of the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© Program.

            Answer:          For facility students, the RN Clinical Sponsor based in your facility is responsible to provide the 1:1 Skill Performance Evaluation at the facility, or may register on-line to have the student do the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation at the AESS location.  An AESS Procedure Checklist and a Clinical Skills Checklist are available on-line at www.averasolutions.org to print. Student are encouraged to use the AESS Procedure Checklist as a guide to prepare for this component.  If facility students or independent students are completing the component at the AESS location, the student must be registered on-line for the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding the material covered in the Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions©?

           Answer:          If employed in a healthcare facility, the first person to talk with is the nurse in your facility identified as the RN Clinical Sponsor.  This individual will oversee your training.  Should you and the RN Clinical Sponsor require further clarification, contact the RN Instructor at Avera Education and Staffing Solutions between 9:00  a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (excluding holidays).  You may submit your question via email to averasolutions@avera.org to the attention of Med Aide Training Programs. If you are an independent student, you will be working directly with the AESS RN Instructor. Every effort will be made to respond to your question as soon as possible; all questions will receive a response within 24 hours (excluding holidays/weekends).

Who do I contact if I have technical difficulties with the on-line modules?

            Answer:          If you are employed in a healthcare facility, the first person to talk with is the nurse in your facility identified as the RN Clinical Sponsor. She/he will assist you or will contact the appropriate individual/department that works with computers to resolve the issues you may be facing.  If further technical assistance is needed specific to the web-based programming, please contact Avera Education & Staffing Solutions at 605-668-8475 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (excluding holidays). You may submit your email inquiry to averasolutions@avera.org to the attention of Med Aide Training Programs.  If you are an independent student, you will be working directly with the AESS RN Instructor and will follow the same process of either a telephone call or e-mail communication.  Every effort will be made to respond to your question as soon as possible; all questions will receive a response within 24 hours (excluding holidays/weekends).

Upon completing Unit 1 & 2 modules and Exams, On-Line Lab & Quiz, 3 hour 1:1 Skills Review, and Final Exam in the 20 hour Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© program, what is the next step? 

        Answer:          Send AESS the signed and dated AESS Med Aide Training Documentation form (and also send the Clinical Skills Checklist if Facility RN Clinical Sponsor completes the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation).  AESS will, when all training components and Final Exams are successfully completed, award the facility with a certificate of completion for the student.  Independent testing at the AESS location will receive certification prior to leaving the testing site.

Where can I find the AESS Med Aide 3 hour 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation (for facilities opting to have AESS complete this component at the AESS location)?

            Answer:  AESS 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation dates and forms can be found on-line at www.averasolutions.org

 

AESS location:

Benedictine Center (4th floor)

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Campus

1000 W. 4th St., Suite 9

Yankton, SD  57078

 

Is a Med Aide student allowed to administer medications while enrolled in an Avera Med Aide On-Line Training Solutions© Training Program?

       Answer:          No; the student is not authorized by AESS to administer medications until he/she has been awarded an Avera Med Aide On-line Training Solutions© program certificate of completion.

Is any additional training required in South Dakota, regarding medication administration?

      Answer:          For South Dakota long-term care facilities, under ARSD 44:04:04:05, it is recommended that Med Aides be provided an annual competency training, i.e., “Personnel training, additional personnel education shall be based on facility identified needs”;

           For SD Assisted Living facilities under ARSD 44:70:04:14. 

  Optional services, “Any unlicensed assistive personnel shall receive ongoing resident specific training for medication administration and annual training in all aspects of medication administration occurring at the facility.      

NOTE:  Please regularly visit the South Dakota Board of Nursing website to review specific requirements related to Med Aide, so you are aware of changes as they become available; visit www.sdboardofnursing.org.           

 

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