A. A person who wishes to practice as a medication assistant must:
1. File an application on a form prescribed by the board accompanied by a fee prescribed by the board by rule.
2. Submit a statement that indicates whether the applicant has been convicted of a felony and, if convicted of one or more felonies, that indicates the date of absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions.
3. Have worked as a licensed nursing assistant or certified nursing assistant for at least six months before the start of the medication assistant training program, be a licensed nursing assistant and have no outstanding complaints or restrictions on the license.
4. Hold one of the following:
(a) A diploma issued by a high school that is located in the United States.
(b) A general equivalency diploma issued in the United States.
(c) A transcript from a nationally or regionally accredited postsecondary school located in the United States or from the United States military that documents successful completion of college-level coursework.
(d) Evidence of completing at least twelve years of education in a foreign country and, if the language of that country was other than English, a passing score on an English language proficiency examination as determined by the board.
5. Be at least eighteen years of age.
6. Provide documentation directly from the program of successfully completing an approved medication assistant training program or a portion of an approved nursing education program equivalent to the medication assistant training course.
7. Have passed a competency examination pursuant to section 32-1650.03.
B. The board may certify a person as a medication assistant who meets the qualifications of this section for a period of not more than two years. The person's medication assistant certification expires at the same time the person's licensed nursing assistant license expires.