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AmeriTech College (Nursing Programs)




AmeriTech College was founded in 1979, two blocks west of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In 2005 a new non-main campus was opened to serve the Salt Lake City area.

AmeriTech College focuses on providing technical training to students who want to move rapidly into the work force, and creating career opportunities for people in the medical professions. AmeriTech has a unique educational model that delivers a hand's on approach to learning with an emphasis in bringing the "real world" of medical professions into the classroom in order to provide the best possible training for our students.

MISSION STATEMENT

AmeriTech College’s mission is to serve an important function to the community, providing short-term technical training to students who want to move rapidly into the work force. AmeriTech College strives to provide knowledgeable, skilled, competent, professional and motivated workers to healthcare facilities throughout the region.

HISTORY

AmeriTech College was founded in 1979 by Dorothea and Keith Van Soest under the school’s original name, The American Institute of Medical Dental Technology, Inc. In August of 1997, Connie and Steve Garland purchased the school and took over its operation. Under the Garland’s care, the school expanded north of Provo, UT and in 2005, opened a new non-main campus in Draper, UT. This campus became the primary site for the school’s nursing program, which started in August 2006. In an effort to more accurately reflect the school’s increased scope of training, the Garland’s changed the name of the school in June of 2006 to AmeriTech College. In March of 2007, IQU Corporation purchased AmeriTech College and assumed responsibility for the operation of both the Draper and Provo campuses. Most recently, AmeriTech College has added a massage therapy program.

NURSING PROGRAMS

AmeriTech College offers two nursing programs; a Practical Nursing program that prepares students for LPN licensure in three semesters including prerequisites, and a RN program that prepares licensed LPN's for an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing which enables graduates to apply for the NCLEX exam for registered nursing.

Outstanding Clinical Experiences

Students spend a portion of their time in clinical training in local hospitals and other facilities. This training gives real-life experience gained from working with health care professionals and is an invaluable aid for our students. AmeriTech College also utilizes a Meti Human Patient Simulator. This simulator will give our students experience in true-to-life scenarios and immediate patient feedback simulating a patient's response to various treatments.

Financial Aid

A variety of resources exist for financial aid. Our financial aid specialists are available to each student for individual consultation and counseling.

Accreditation

Ameritech College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. Both the Practical Nurse and RN programs have received provisional approval from the Utah State Board of Nursing.

PRACTICAL NURSE (PN)

Objective

The objective of the Practical Nurse (PN) program of study is to prepare students to become eligible for licensure as a practical nurse.

The PN program delivered at AmeriTech College provides students with knowledge of the theoretical and hands-on aspects of practical nursing care of patients, families, and communities. Students are prepared for a career in nursing through lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Additionally, the nursing programs offered at AmeriTech College utilize a complex human patient simulator to enhance clinical and critical thinking skills. Students are also expected to take general education pre-requisite and co-requisite classes that are integrated into the program to supplement and enhance the nursing courses. Program objectives have been defined in the form of competencies related to the AmeriTech College Nursing Program core values of caring, holism, role development, critical thinking, and safe practice.

Upon completion of the PN program, students will be able to:
* Use communication skills and caring behaviors which demonstrate empathy and respect for self, colleagues, and clients
* Use therapeutic nursing interventions within a wellness-illness framework that accepts and respects client diversity across the lifespan
* Practice and collaborate with health team members in the delivery and coordination of care in acute care and community settings
* Demonstrate principles of leadership and client advocacy in the role of the practical nurse
* Demonstrate professional behavior based on an ethical code of conduct
* Use the nursing process and critical thinking skills to make reasonable decisions about actions and beliefs in the practice of nursing
* Use interventions that safeguard the client’s health and well-being while practicing within the legal and ethical framework of practical nursing

The PN program is 43 semester credit hours in length consisting of three semesters (45 weeks) of classroom and clinical training. Advanced placement is granted to those students who have taken comparable courses at other schools and meet the requirements outlined by AmeriTech College for transferring credit. Students with advanced standing may be able to complete the PN program in two semesters instead of three.

Nursing is a physically and psychologically demanding career. Potential students should consider their ability to perform the gross and fine motor skills required, as well as their general state of physical and emotional health.

Graduates from the PN program will receive a diploma from AmeriTech College. The PN program is offered as vocational only and is designed to lead to employment in the field of nursing, pending successful completion of all licensure requirements. Graduates are generalists in the field and are prepared to work in many different areas of nursing with clients throughout the lifespan.

The AmeriTech College Nursing Program reserves the right to use multiple determinants in deciding whether or not to recommend a student for licensure. These include successful program completion, good standing, and the results of an exit exam to be determined by the Director of Nursing and the Nursing Faculty.

NURSING (AAS)

Objective

The objective of the AAS program of study is to prepare students to become eligible for licensure as a registered nurse. The AAS program delivered at AmeriTech College provides students the opportunity to learn through theory and practical applications how to be professional nurse leaders in caring for patients, families, and communities. The AAS program will also prepare students should they wish to articulate into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program of study in the future. Students are prepared for a career in nursing through lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Additionally, the nursing programs offered at AmeriTech College utilize a complex human patient simulator to enhance clinical and critical thinking skills. Students are also expected to take general education pre-requisite and co-requisite classes that are integrated into the program to supplement and enhance the nursing courses. Program objectives have been defined in the form of competencies related to the AmeriTech College Nursing Program core values of caring, holism, role development, critical thinking, and safe practice.

Upon completion of the AAS program, students will be able to:
* Create an environment where therapeutic communication and caring result in desired client outcomes
* Develop, implement, and evaluate holistic plans of care for therapeutic nursing interventions that respect and value diversity across the lifespan
* Communicate effectively both verbally in and writing with health care team members, clients, and their families
* Assume a leader/manager role within acute care and community settings in the development, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care
* Demonstrate professional behavior based on an ethical code of conduct
* Apply critical thinking skills within the nursing process, incorporating an interdisciplinary knowledge base
* Apply scientific principles to safely and competently perform client care within the legal and ethical boundaries of professional nursing practice

The AAS program is 72 semester credit hours in length consisting of five semesters (75 weeks) of classroom and clinical training. Students are required to take a semester long break (15 weeks) in between Semester 2 and Semester 3 and must achieve licensure as a Practical Nurse before moving on in the AAS program. Advanced placement is granted to those students who have a current LPN license and to those that meet the requirements outlined by AmeriTech College for transferring credit.



School name:AmeriTech CollegeNursing Programs
Address:12257 Business Park Drive, Suite 108
Zip & city:UT 84020-6545 Utah
Phone:(801) 816-1444
Web:http://www.ameritech.edu/content/?page=26
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NURSING PROCESS & CRITICAL THINKING
Overview of nursing concepts and theories focusing on meeting basic human needs across the life span based on the wellness/illness continuum within the practical nurse scope of practice. Theoretical concepts focus on care of the well patient, elder patient, and patients with selected alterations in health and psychological / mental health problems. Emphasis on the role of the practical nurse in the nursing care plan utilizing established nursing diagnoses. Focus on the development of the critical thinking process related to nursing care of patients in acute care and community settings utilizing the nursing process.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT & HEALTH PROMOTION
Emphasis on basic health assessment and history, skills and promotion of wellness by using holistic nursing assessment for patients. Includes use of healthy lifestyle strategies and primary prevention.

PHARMACOLOGY & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
Provides basic pharmacology knowledge and skills to administer medication. Emphasis placed on developing the role of the nurse using critical thinking skills for safe practice in the administration of medications.

HUMAN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Chemical, biologic and psychological processes as a foundation for the understanding of alterations in health. The structural and functional pathophysiology of alterations in health; selected therapeutics considered.

NURSING SCIENCE
Development of clinical competency in the performance of selected nursing skills and procedures. Provides for participation in the care of patients experiencing problems of alteration in health and selected mental health disorders. Provides for clinical practice experiences with individuals and families in a variety of acute and community settings. Application of holistic nursing concepts and theories related to health promotion, disease/illness prevention, and health restoration of individuals.

NURSING PROCESS & CRITICAL THINKING
Focus on nursing concepts and theories to meet basic human needs across the life span based on the wellness/illness continuum. Emphasis on the nursing process related pediatric and adult patients with selected alterations in health. Features an introduction to the care of the well childbearing patient and childbearing family. Continuation of the role of the practical nurse in planning nursing care and applying established nursing diagnoses for patients. Emphasis on the utilization of critical thinking processes related to nursing care of patients in acute care and community settings.

DEVELOPING THE NURSE’S ROLE
Overview of roles in nursing with emphasis on transition from nursing assistant to practical nurse. Includes introduction of the core values of the AmeriTech College Nursing Program, nursing history, standards, and scope of practice. Introduces concepts and skills required of the practical nurse, and application of communication techniques and delegation to teamwork and leadership.

PHARMACOLOGY & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
Provides basic pharmacology knowledge and skills to administer medication. Emphasis placed on developing the role of the nurse using critical thinking skills for safe practice in the administration of medications. Includes an opportunity to develop selected nursing skills in the laboratory setting.

HUMAN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Chemical, biologic, and psychological processes as a foundation for the understanding of alterations in health. The structural and functional pathophysiology of alterations in health; selected therapeutics considered.

NURSING SCIENCE
Continued application of nursing concepts and theories related to health promotion of individuals and families, health maintenance to facilitate healthy lifestyles and nursing care to meet basic human needs. Provides continued opportunity for the development of clinical competency in the performance of selected nursing skills, participation in the care of patients across the life span experiencing altered physiologic functioning. Provides clinical experiences with individuals, families and small groups of patients in a variety of acute, long-term, and community settings.

NURSING PROCESS & CRITICAL THINKING
This course focuses on the nursing concepts and theories to meet complex human need across the life span based on the wellness/illness continuum in a variety of acute care and community settings. There is an emphasis on utilizing critical thinking skills to plan care through the nursing process for groups of patients with selected acute alterations in health and psychiatric/mental health disorders.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT & HEALTH PROMOTION
Emphasis on intermediate level health assessment and history, skills and promotion of wellness by using holistic nursing assessment for patients. Includes use of healthy lifestyle strategies and primary prevention.

PHARMACOLOGY & MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
Provides basic pharmacology knowledge and skills to administer medication. Emphasis placed on developing the role of the nurse using critical thinking skills for safe practice in the administration of medications.

NURSING SCIENCE
Includes the application of critical thinking skills through the nursing process to patients and families with acute alterations in medical-surgical disorders/diseases and psychiatric health disorders. Provides for the development of clinical competence and the continued development of selected nursing skills and procedures within the scope of the professional nurse. Holistic care of patients, families and small groups in acute and community health care settings. Application of professional nursing concepts and theories related to health education/promotion and disorders for patients, families, and small groups.

NURSING PROCESS & CRITICAL THINKING
Emphasis on nursing concepts and theories to meet complex needs of the critically ill and high-risk patients with multiple system alterations in health. Includes high-risk perinatal, pediatric, and adult patients in acute care and community settings. Focus on application of advanced critical thinking skills to modify a holistic plan of care. Highlights the role of the professional nurse in health education/ promotion, illness prevention, and restorative care.

DEVELOPING THE NURSE’S ROLE
This course focuses on assisting students to transition to Associate Degree Nurse. Beginning management and leadership skills are emphasized. Professional and legal aspects of the health care system and the nursing profession will be examined. Employability skills, values clarification, and ethical problems will be discussed. Community resources and the role of the nurse in various health care settings will be explored. Students will also study the educational degrees utilized in nursing practice.

NURSING SCIENCE
Culminating clinical practice course to provide learning experiences applying theoretical and clinical concepts of complex needs for pediatric, childbearing, and high-risk adults with multi system alterations in health. Leadership, management, and caregiver roles of the professional nurse with patients and their families in selected areas of nursing practice are emphasized. Assignment of students to nurse preceptors with faculty guidance to focus on leadership/management and application of nursing process theories, concepts, issues and trends in caring for patients in a variety of acute and community health care settings.

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