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Kansas Medication Aide Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals who have enrolled and completed the Medication Aide course in Kansas may still have questions regarding their certification.  Below we have listed the most frequently asked Questions among Certified Medication aides in the state.

Q. When does my medication aide certificate expire in Kansas?
A. The medication aide certificate will expire two years from the issue date.

Q. When will I need to take the update course?
A. Anytime in the two year period, but it is best to start looking for a medication update course 6 months prior to the expiration date.

Q. Is there any requirements for the updated course?
A. Yes, Each person who has been certified as a medication aide as specified in K.A.R. 26-50-30 and wants to maintain that person’s certification shall complete a 10-hour continuing education course every two years before that person’s certification expires. The course shall be approved by the secretary for renewal or reinstatement of certification.

The continuing education course requirement shall include one or more of the
following topics:

  • Classes of drugs and new drugs;
  • new uses of existing drugs;
  • methods of administering medications;
  • alternative treatments, including herbal drugs and their potential interaction with
  • traditional drugs;
  • safety in the administration of medications; or
  • documentation.

Q. I have completed more than the required 10-hours of continuing education, Can I carry the CEU over to the next certification renewal?
A. Approved continuing education hours completed in excess of the requirement shall not be carried over to the next certification renewal period.

Q. If the medication aide certificate is expired how long does a medication aide have to renew?
A. The aide has one year from the expiration date to renew the certificate. They must complete the update course prior to the year date. If the certificate expired July 4, 2016 they must complete the course prior to July 4, 2017.

Q. What if it has been more then one year that my certification has expired?
A.  Individuals whose medication aide certification has been expired for more than one year must retake the 75-hour medication aide course and the state test, for reinstatement of certification and listing on the Kansas nurse aide registry.

Q. What if it has been less then one year that my certification has expired?
A. Each person whose medication aide certification has been expired for not more than one year may have that person’s certification reinstated and may be listed on the Kansas nurse aide registry if the department receives the items specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (3) from the course instructor. Verification of the medication aide’s completion of 10 hours of an approved continuing education course;
the medication aide’s renewal form; and a nonrefundable renewal fee of $20.00

Q. When will the new expiration date show on the registry?
A. If the medication aide certificate is expired the new date will show as soon as the
information is entered by HOC. If however the certificate is not expired the new date will not show until the current certificate is expired. So if the certificate expires May 1st and it has been updated the new expiration date will not show until after midnight on the day of the expiration date.

Q. If my Medication aide certificate is expired can I continue to work?
A. No, once the med aide certificate is expired the aide cannot pass medications until the certificate is back active on the registry.