Considerations for Medication Administration in the School Setting

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Release date: 05/28/2021
Expiration date: 05/26/2025*
*(The module must be completed by this date to earn contact hours.)


Upon successful completion of this module and the module evaluation, participants will receive
1.2 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours.

Course Description:

The administration of medications in schools can be a complex task given the number of variables that the School Nurse needs to manage, including federal and state laws that impact medication administration, case management and communication with the student’s parents, healthcare provider and school staff, and safe medication storage. Many times, the School Nurse is delegating this task to an Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) which adds to the complexity. This module will review numerous factors that the School Nurse should consider to keep students healthy and safe.

Course Outline:

  • Laws impacting medication administration in the school setting
  • Medication administration authorization
  • Types of medication
  • Medication storage
  • Care coordination and delegation
  • Field trips
  • Summer school
  • Medication errors
  • Medication disposal
  • School district policies

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the federal laws that impact medication administration in the school setting
  2. Identify at least three best practices related to medication administration
  3. Recall at least three considerations regarding the administration and storage of medication in the school setting

Intended Audience:

This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of School Nurses.


Teresa DuChateau, DNP, RN
School Health Associates

Bette Carr, MSN, RN
School Health Associates

Content Expert:
Valerie Hon
District Nurse, Safety Committee Chairperson
Portage Community School District

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures:

No one in control of educational content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies (those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.)

Approval Statement:

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Considerations for Medication Administration in the School Setting