The MACE test plan below serves as a guide for both exam development and candidate preparation, including the selection of content to be tested. Based on the test plan, each unique MACE exam reflects the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for the prospective, entry-level medication aide to meet the needs of clients requiring the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
Provisions to the MACE test plan are made based on studies of observed activities for newly-certified medication aides. The activities identified in these studies are analyzed in relation to the following:
the importance of their performance
their impact on maintaining client safety
the settings where they were performed
These analyses guide the development of a framework for entry-level medication aide performance that incorporates specific client needs, concepts and processes fundamental to the work performed by medication aides.