3 minute read Medication technicians can sometimes be overlooked in the nursing field. But, they play a vital role in…
The reason you don’t have to be a nurse is that the level of care isn’t as high in assisted living/personal care. Pennsylvania has a training and certification program to become a Med Tech in a fairly short period of time—only a few days to weeks. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website to learn more.
Here is how the responsibilities of a Med Tech in personal care/assisted living differ from an LPN in a skilled nursing home:
- Both push a cart and pass out medications
- When not passing meds, LPNs are performing nurse duties: wound care, checking on ill patients, etc.
- When a Med Tech is done passing meds, they help aides complete their aide tasks: answer call bells, get a patient up and ready, and more.
At CynaMed, we consider Med Techs as Lead Aides. Similarly, LPNs are lead nurses and perform nurse duties then they are not passing meds. Med Techs are one step up from an aide but they still help with aide work when not passing meds. That is why they’re considered Lead Aides. They need to make sure that all aide work is completed in between med passes (which occur many times throughout the day, based on individual patient needs).
As a Med Tech, you will pass meds to patients, make sure all aide work is done, and assist with any incomplete aide work.
Many Aides may choose to become Med Techs. If you’re ready to advance your career, CynaMed has the resources to train, certify, and observe Medical Technicians.
Once you become a Med Tech and find a job, here is how to keep your certification active in the state of Pennsylvania:
You must be observed every 6 months by an authorized PA State Med Tech Trainer. CynaMed has that resource on staff. Visit the Office of Developmental Programming website for more information.
It’s that simple. In just a few easy steps, you can start making a difference in the lives of patients in personal care/assisted living facilities. If you have any experience working in a personal care/assisted living facility and have ever thought about becoming a med tech, we can help. It is a rewarding position that requires a short, simple training and certification process. At Cyna Med, we can help you build the healthcare career of your dreams. Get started today and take the first step toward becoming a Med Tech.
If you have personal care home experience as an Aide, you might be a good candidate to become a Med Tech. Call us today to inquire about our program.