Medication Basics

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (151 Reviews)
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


Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (151 Reviews)
Mutambala S
Rating: 5 out of 5
May 29, 2024
Chase C
Rating: 4 out of 5
Med Basics
May 28, 2024
Long pauses sometimes but good info and slides.
Veronica H
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great Course!
May 25, 2024
Great course!
Katrina H
Rating: 5 out of 5
Instructor is a great teacher!
May 23, 2024
the class was quick informative and easy to follow.
Martin A
Rating: 4 out of 5
Basic medications
May 14, 2024
Very easy to understand . Well explained . Good job on it
Simon K
Rating: 5 out of 5
Simon karuga (DSP)
May 11, 2024
The teaching was great.
Cheryl S
Rating: 5 out of 5
Medication basics
Apr 23, 2024
This was a very thorough class, but quick moving and informative.
Boris B
Rating: 5 out of 5
Apr 4, 2024
Always good to know the basics as a DSP emergencies, so great course!
Kayla L
Rating: 5 out of 5
Mar 27, 2024
This training was helpful!
Mary S
Rating: 5 out of 5
Mar 23, 2024
It was clear and informative.
Staci G
Rating: 4 out of 5
Mar 22, 2024
Elizabeth Z
Rating: 5 out of 5
Mar 20, 2024
Very informative!
Claire W
Rating: 4 out of 5
Medication Basics
Mar 11, 2024
A good overview of the steps necessary to ensure safe medication administration
Joan K
Rating: 5 out of 5
Medication Basics
Feb 7, 2024
Chris you are thorough . this class is very organized and helpful with the tip of turning the bottle upside down to recall that medication is already done.
Chantal M
Rating: 5 out of 5
medication basics
Feb 2, 2024
5 stars
Jeff H
Rating: 5 out of 5
Jan 12, 2024
fun course
Griselda H
Rating: 5 out of 5
Entendible,claramente explicado.
Jan 8, 2024
Me gusto que es en un lenguaje muy sencillo y claro y muy bien explicado detalladamente.
Tina H
Rating: 5 out of 5
Jan 4, 2024
Kendall E
Rating: 5 out of 5
good course
Jan 3, 2024
Quick and to the point. I like the emphasis on helping the clients learn how to 'take their privacy. '
Mario L
Rating: 3 out of 5
Need the ability to save place for quizzes and have different narration.
Jan 2, 2024
There were several instances where I didn't get right to the quiz and when I came back it was frustrating to find that I had to rewatch the entire video. Additionally, I wish there was a way to have different voices - this isn't the most constructive criticism as the narrator can't do much about their voice, but it completely threw me off the entire time. The entire time I wished it was over because the voice bothered me.