Administer Subcutaneous Injections

Subcutaneous injections (sometimes called subq injections) are administered in the fatty tissue below the skin and are used for some vaccines, for substances like insulin that need to be absorbed more slowly, and for some medications that cannot be given by mouth. This module explains how to prepare for and administer subcutaneous injections into the various sites (arm, thigh or abdomen) using medication from vials and ampules. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three scenarios that test your ability to administer subcutaneous (subq) injections into different sites. Practice the steps of the procedure as often as you want until you are confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

You’ll learn

  • relevant medical terminology
  • appropriate needle and syringe sizes for subcutaneous injections
  • important safety considerations
  • to visualize the key anatomical structures and components comprising the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layers of the skin - using our anatomy illustrations and 3D model
  • to understand the different injection sites and when to use each
  • how to prepare the substance to be injected
  • to practice and perfect your skills in administering a subcutaneous injection
  • correct documentation and post-procedure requirements

Materials Included:

  • text_iconText
  • video_iconVideo
  • anatomy_iconAnatomy
  • simulation_iconSimulation
  • quiz_icon

Start your free 7 day trial

Trial one module to see if SIMTICS is right for you. No obligation!

Note: passwords should contain at least 8 characters and 3 of the 4 possible character classes (uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters)

Choose a module

  • Joel Nelson
    VP of Academic Operations, Charter College
    The transition to using SIMTICS went better than even my best case guess. The training provided to faculty and integration with our LMS (Canvas) were top notch. Students took to the simulations right away, finding them informative as well as engaging. During face to face lab time, the students are well prepared to practice the skills learned via SIMTICS in a clinical setting. We are impressed with the product.
  • Glenda Algaze, CPhT, CDA, MEd
    Dental Assisting Faculty
    Your program has been invaluable to my teaching instruction. In these times of students not being able to attend their clinical sites, this program is so wonderful.
  • Brian Dickens, MBA PhD
    Medical Assisting Program Director, Florida
    This product is AMAZING. Reasonably priced and superb customer service. SIMTICS is great for visual learners and reinforces critical thinking. We are using it to aid our Medical Assisting and Sonography classes, for skills check off, and as an adjunct to externships.
  • Tracy Hagen
    Central Piedmont Community College
    I appreciate the excellent customer service that you all are providing, and our students are really enjoying SIMTICS!
  • Barb Westrick
    Program Director, MedCerts LLC
    I can confidently say that our students in allied health programs are successfully using SIMTICS. This cloud-based resource is an excellent way to practice clinical skills with eLearning.