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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Health Facilities

Medication Administration / QMAP

Seven Day Medicine chest

Purpose of the Medication Administration Program


The medication administration program is established in accordance with Section 25-1.5-301, C.R.S et seq.


The medication administration course is designed to teach unlicensed staff to safely administer medications in settings authorized by law. Staff who successfully complete the course are considered Qualified Medication Administration Persons (QMAP) and should be able to:

  • Administer medications according to written physician's orders
  • Maintain proper documentation of the administration of both prescription and non-prescription drugs
  • Use proper techniques when administering medications by the various routes
  • Safely and accurately fill and administer medications to and from medication reminder boxes with oversight from a licensed person or qualified manager

However, staff who successfully complete the medication administration course are not certified or licensed in any way, and are not trained or authorized to make any type of judgment, assessment or evaluation of a client.Classes are $55 for the course and exams. There is a written exam and a hands-on practical exam.

To verify whether an individual has attended QMAP training and/or passed a competency evaluation, please check QMAP Online Verification

WARNING: It has come to our attention that unauthorized people are providing QMAP classes and testing. If you have questions about the validity of an instructor you may click on "To register for a class" tab and view the list of instructors or schedule.



Class Registration: Find an instructor from either the schedule or the list of instructors. Please contact the instructor directly to register for a class and for additional information about their classes.

Note: These files are in a PDF format and may be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat reader. If you do not have the reader, you can download a free copy from www.adobe.com.


Instructor information: Only approved instructors can teach the class, and must contract with the state on an annual basis. Instructors must be a licensed professional (i.e. LPN, RN, DR, PA.)

Instructor Selections: If you are interested in becoming a QMAP Instructor for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. Please email Val Peak at veldine.peake@state.co.us

You will need to state your interest in becoming an instructor and must include your name, address, phone number, email address, nursing license number and geographic area you want to teach in. Val will respond to you via email containing the application packet. This completed packet will need to be submitted via US Mail to Val Peake no later than April 30, 2014, with additional required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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