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Advanced Patient Care Assistant - AN71 Technical Certificate of Credit

Program Description: 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.

Locations Offered:
Ben Hill Irwin


  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. 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, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.
  • Successful completion of NAST 1100 allows students to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide license through the Department of Community Health. Successful completion of ALHS 1100 allows students to sit for a private exam and become a certified Patient Care Technician. State funded health care facilities require a Certified Nurse Aide license through the Department of Community Health.

This program is a HOPE Career Grant eligible program for students who are HOPE Grant eligible. The Career Grant award is a fixed amount per semester based on the number of credit hours taken. Maximum award per term is $500.

Gainful Employment Information
General Core Courses 9
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MATH 1013 Algebraic Concepts 3
MATH 1100 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning 3
MATH 1101 Mathematic Modeling 3
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
MATH 1113 Precalculus 3
MATH 1131 Calculus I 4
Occupational Courses 15
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences 2
PNSG 2010 Intro. to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations 2
Choose One of the Following (6 Hours) 6
ALHS 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals (Non-Certification) 6
NAST 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals 6

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