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Study at Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations

This school was established in 1978 and incorporated with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, as the Nurse Assistant Training School, Inc. d/b/a Academy for Practical Nursing and Health Occupations in West Palm Beach, Florida to provide education, career opportunities and student development due to a dire need for workers in the health care field. It was established to offer vocational and non-vocational programs to the workforce community through training programs and activities designed to improve job skills and to secure and retain health care jobs. It intended to provide new career opportunities for students willing to apply themselves to improve their quality of life.

Since 1990, the School's direction was assumed by Mrs. Lois M. Gackenheimer, Registered Nurse and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Under her direction, the School expanded its staff, facilities, and curriculum to offer education not only in Nurse Assisting, but Home Health Care, Patient Care Assisting, Self Improvement Skills, and Medical Ethics. These changes reflected Mrs. Gackenheimer's progressive vision of the direction Health Care employment would take and the resulting broadened roles and responsibilities health care workers would be expected to fulfill. Since 1992, the School has been a Chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America Organization and an American Heart Association Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Training Center for Palm Beach County. In 1996, the School expanded even further to include education in areas such as Rehab/Restorative Nursing, Phlebotomy, and Electrocardiography, thereby creating a well rounded Patient Care Assistant and Patient Care Technician Program. In 1997, the School began its first class of Practical Nursing students, and in 1999 broadened its Health Occupations Programs to include Medical Assistant, Health Unit Coordinator/Medical Secretary, and Pharmacy Technician. Continuing to answer Health Care Employers needs, the School added Rehab/Restorative Assistant and Psychiatric Technician Programs in 2000, as well as Computer Technology Classes in 2001.

Today, the School proudly counts its graduates to number over 4, 000 men and women from the ages of 18 to over 90 years of age, with over 80% of its graduates obtaining employment in the Health Care Field.

Profile of Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations

The campus of Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations is in West Palm Beach, FL, which is a large suburb. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations include, at the school's highest level, the Certificate.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in nursing and emergency medicine and therapy and Counselling.

Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations Selectivity

Its open admissions system makes Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations an attractive choice for many applicants. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations had 376 students enrolled (376 full-time equivalent). The school has a large minority student population.

Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Nursing and Emergency Medicine175licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant, home health aide
Therapy and Counselling163physical therapist assistant


Academy For Practical Nursing and Health Occupations

5154 Okeechobee Blvd Ste 201

West Palm Beach, FL 33417

General Phone: (561) 683-1400

http://www.APNHO. com

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