Medication Basics

Practical Training Solutions
4.5 (17)
Direct Support Professional
This module provides a brief introduction to assisting people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with taking their medications.
This online Medication Administration Basics class will give the Direct Support Professional (DSP) the tools necessary to support a person in taking their medication. The course has 18 lessons that cover a wide range of topics. The DSP will learn about the importance of clear and concise communication with not only the person being supported but the prescribing physician and pharmacy as well. Another important topic covered are what’s known as the “3 checks” and the “6 Rights” in administering medication. Medication errors and what to do when one is made is discussed in this course. Many more topics are covered in this course that will prepare the DSP to do their job correctly. Finally, this online course promotes the idea of a Direct Support Professional assisting someone supported in taking their own medication as opposed to just “giving a member their meds.”

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
2m 45s
Lesson 3
Recognizing Illness and Injury
11m 37s
Lesson 4
2m 3s
Lesson 5
Medication and the Body
4m 6s
Lesson 6
Over-the-Counter Medications
1m 40s
Lesson 7
Psychotropic Medications
3m 24s
Lesson 8
PDRs and Pill Books
1m 35s
Lesson 9
Know the Rules
1m 16s
Lesson 10
Med Logs, Containers and Storage
4m 11s
Lesson 11
Medication Disposal
Lesson 12
Administration Assistance Basics
3m 51s
Lesson 13
3 Checks - Before, During and After
5m 8s
Lesson 14
6 Rights
11m 16s
Lesson 15
PRN "As Needed" Medications
2m 10s
Lesson 16
Side Effects
6m 53s
Lesson 17
Medication Errors
6m 29s
Lesson 18
Incident Reporting - Medication Specific


Chris Garcia
Senior Instructor at Practical Training Solutions and AZ DDD Lead Instructor - Chandler Arizona


4.5 (17)
Juanita M
Very Informative
Aug 3, 2019
This was very informative
Raul B
medication basics
Aug 6, 2019
Teodora T
Medication Basics
Aug 15, 2019
Very informative and taught well.
Michael M
Sep 2, 2019
Very informative
Gladys T
Sep 24, 2019
Helped me understand the relevance of medications
Abdirizaq M
Sep 29, 2019
I learned a lot during this course.
Carol K
Medication Basics
Oct 4, 2019
I really liked this course it was very thorough.
Melissa R
Nov 19, 2019
Very informative and nice flow to follow along
Rameesha M
Nov 27, 2019
I have taken a medication course before but this course I learned a few things I did not know. It explain so much more and I wish all courses explained the same way this course broke down everything.
Cameron G
Medication Basics
Dec 31, 2019
Far, far unnecessarily too long for the informational content being delivered.
Sandrine S
Thank you
Jan 23, 2020
Chris is a great instructors
Maritza R
Medication basics
Jan 30, 2020
Very informative always good to refresh your medication routine.
Sampson T
Direct support care provider
Feb 3, 2020
Great and helpful materials
Jackson R
easy fun
Feb 13, 2020
Dennis S
Feb 21, 2020
Good thing
Gayl C
Mar 2, 2020
always good to know, thank-you
Mary C
Mar 12, 2020
Good course.