Medication Procedures in Child Care

2 Clock Hours / 0.2 CEUs / $18.00

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Course Description

This course applies to children of all ages.

This course describes the importance of organized and documented procedures for the administration of medication. In this course you will learn the importance of communication between parents, caregivers, and health care professionals, and how to appropriately respond to medical emergencies. This course includes strategies for supporting children with specific health care needs.

See the learning outcomes and topics below to learn more about what is covered in this course.

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Medication Procedures in Child Care
Online Course - English
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Course formats

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.

  • Georgia: This course is not approved by Bright from the Start.
  • Idaho: Idaho accepts this course for annual training hours, but not for “Medication Administration and Poison Prevention” requirement.
  • Maryland: Maryland accepts this course for elective training hours, but not to meet the "Medication Administration" training requirement.
  • Washington State: This course is not accepted for Washington Merit or Washington Stars clock hours.
  • Note: This course is not accepted for medication administration training requirements in all states. Please check your state's training pages to learn if this course may not be used in your state. Questions? Email us at

NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

Learning outcomes

After completing Medication Procedures in Child Care you will be able to describe requirements for administering and documenting medication; explain how to receive and administer medication; explain how to avoid medication errors and identify and respond to side effects and adverse and allergic reactions; and explain how to handle specific situations requiring medication, including seizures, diabetes, and asthma.

Topics covered

  • Why caregivers are asked to administer medication to children in their care
  • The importance of communication and the Relationship Triangle
  • The different classifications and forms of medication and best practices for preparing, administering, and storing them
  • How to properly administer medication
  • How to recognize and respond to adverse and allergic reactions to medication
  • Steps to prevent and document medication error
  • The importance of documenting every facet of administering medication
  • The necessity for a comprehensive policy in your program that governs medication administration in compliance with your state licensing agency


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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