New healthcare course being offered at Rainy River CC beginning spring ‘19

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – As Koochiching County continues to experience a demand for healthcare workers, Rainy River Community College strives to provide educational opportunities to meet these needs. This spring, a new course will be offered that will broaden the abilities of a certified nursing assistant.

The Trained Medication Aide (TMA) course will educate unlicensed personnel to administer medications in a variety of settings, such as long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and schools. Participants will learn how to safely prepare and administer medications, assist patients with self-administration, document appropriately and become knowledgeable about medication actions and side effects.

Donita Ettestad, RRCC Healthcare Program director, states, “There is a high need for healthcare workers in our community. The TMA course allows a certified nursing assistant the opportunity to expand their career without a full time educational commitment. Long-term care facilities use TMAs under the guidance of nurses to administer medications. TMAs hourly wage is usually higher than a certified nursing assistants (CNA) and local jobs are available.”

Current CNAs can register now for the TMA class which begins March 19. For those who are not yet CNAs, RRCC is offering a CNA course beginning Jan. 14. Those who successfully complete their certification will be able to continue with the TMA class. Registration is now open for both courses.

For more information, contact Donita Ettestad at Donita. Ettestad@rainyriver.edu or 218-285-2229.

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