Lake Superior College

Healthcare: Nursing/Medical

Health Unit Coordinator (HUC)
Nursing Assistant Test Out (NATO)
Medication Administration for Non-Licensed Personnel (TMA)
Ophthalmic Associate Certification Test Preparation (COA-A3)

Classes we offer: 

If a class is not listed below or it’s not offered at this time, let us know what class interests you.  We’ll contact you when it’s available.

Successful completion of the full testing (written and skills tests) enables students to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) as required by the Minnesota Department of Health and be posted on the state registry.

This is a test, not a full CNA course. CNA courses can be found on this Course Search Page in the Subject drop down box under "Nurse Assistant"


Program Description:
This 12-week course is designed to prepare uncertified ophthalmic assistants to take the certification exam necessary for the COA certification. The International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (ICAHPO) – formerly known as JCAHPO - has termed this uncertified-to-COA track as “COA-A3”.   

This introductory course is designed to train unlicensed personnel to administer medication in a variety of health care settings. The course meets the curriculum standards established by the Minnesota Board of Nursing for the training to become a Trained Medication Aide (TMA).

Students will study the legal requirements, safety measures, terminology, body systems, and the use of references related to the administration of medication. Students will study actions, dosages, toxic symptoms and special considerations of commonly prescribed medications. Students will also study and practice the administration of oral, topical, optic, ophthalmic and rectal forms of medication in a lab setting.