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URI Providence Campus

80 Washington Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

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State Approved Training Program in Drug Administration (Med Tech) PAD002

This non-credit course is designed to meet the requirements of Section 24.7, Rules and Regulations of Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facilities, Rhode Island Department of Health. This course is offered in cooperation with the College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Health. The instructors are selected faculty from the College of Pharmacy. This is no longer a certificate program. After successfully completing the semester-long lecture portion , students must do med-pass rounds under the supervision of their DNS or Nursing Home Administrator at the facility in which they work. Student must apply to the RI Department of Health for their Medication Aide License.

Subject areas to be included are:

 • Systems of measurement & medical abbreviations  • Asthma & COPD
 • Diuretics & drugs for hypertension  • Antibiotics
 • Cardiac drugs  • Antimetics & antispasmodics
 • Tranquilizers & antidepressants
 • Hormones (including steroids)
 • Hypnotics, sedatives, anticonvulsants & analgesics        • OTC drugs
 • Drugs for diabetes & Parkinson’s disease  • Legal constraints
 • Patient communications  • Antipsychotics


  • Student must possess a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age
  • Student must be currently employed in a RI Dept. of Health State Licensed Nursing Home or a RIDOH State Licensed Assisted Living facility
  • Student must not be working through a Nursing Agency or in a hospital
  • Student must be a Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Non-US Citizens MUST provide proof of legal residence with the registration form

For more information please call the Office of Special Programs at the Feinstein Providence Campus, 401-277-5050.