Course prepares students to take state certification exam
PERU, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is offering a three-day QMA Insulin Administration course in Peru that concludes with taking the state certification examination.
The class will be offered in three phases, the first two meeting at Ivy Tech’s Peru instructional site, 425 W. Main St. Classroom instruction is set for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 26, with practice testing scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the state exam will be administered; it can be taken at the testing centers on the Ivy Tech campuses in Kokomo and Logansport.
Legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly in April 2019 allowed qualified medication aides (QMAs) to administer insulin to specific patients at licensed health facilities. Previously QMAs were permitted to administer certain medications orally, but not by injection. Bill sponsor State Sen. Justin Busch, R-Fort Wayne, said, “This common-sense solution could help save lives and add optional additional training for existing workers to increase their skill level to meet the needs of Indiana’s workforce.”
This course will instruct the QMA in the roles and responsibilities of insulin administration. Ivy Tech Community College is an approved Indiana State Department of Health Qualified Medication Aide training program location. Prior to any insulin administration, the individual must currently be on a QMA registry or have completed the QMA 100-hour training and successfully completed a QMA Insulin Administration course like the one Ivy Tech is offering.
The fee to take the class is $200. Students must provide a copy of their valid QMA certification as well as provide a state-issued identification card and driver’s license.
To register for the QMA Insulin Administration class or for more information, please contact Bonnie Devers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-252-5497.