Advanced Patient Care Assistant - AN71

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Valdosta Campus
  • Cook Campus
  • Coffee Campus
  • Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Program Overview

Prepares students with rigorous classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences to perform a full range of patient care duties or services under nursing or medical direction. This includes taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, observing and charting patient information, and reporting appropriate information to supervisors. Includes Math, English and Pharmacology courses.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, up-to-date immunizations, and criminal background check required prior to start of clinical rotation.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Core Courses (9 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

Prereqs: Diploma Level Math Scores OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
PSYC
1010
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (17 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of human body systems and common disease processes; responding to and reporting changes in a residents /patients condition, nutrition, vital signs; nutrition and diet therapy; disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residents condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and skills competency based on federal guidelines. Specific topics include: roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residents rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PNSG 2030 and PNSG 2050

Applies fundamental mathematical concepts and includes basic drug administration. Emphasizes critical thinking skills. Topics include: systems of measurement, calculating drug problems, resource materials usage, fundamental pharmacology, administering medications in a simulated clinical environment, principles of IV therapy techniques, and client education.

 

Related Program Options:

Licensed Practical Nursing

Advisors

Mary Davis
Deidra Floyd
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Coffee Hall, Room 130
Phone: (229) 468-2266
Email:
Campus: Coffee Campus

Martha Griffis
Licensed Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 221A
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 2663
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus

Tammy Groover
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 223
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext 3066
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus

Stacey Musgrove
Practical Nursing Instructor
Phone: (229) 549-7368 ext 3101
Email:
Campus: Cook Campus , High Schools

Christine Paulk
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Room 130
Phone: (229) 468-2229
Email:
Campus: Coffee Campus

Paula Reaves
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Irwin Hall, Room 8202 I
Phone: (229) 468-2000 ext. 2045
Email:
Campus: Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Stevan Van Hook
Nursing Area Director
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 219
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 6494
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus

Adrienne Young
Practical Nursing Instructor
Office: Irwin Hall, Room 8202 H
Phone: (229) 468-2039
Email:
Campus: Ben Hill-Irwin Campus