Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
A Private, Not-for-Profit, Licensed and Nationally Accredited College of Nursing
    

Where dreams of a Better Tomorrow Come True … Learn, Grow, Become …


Located at:
5154 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Phone: (561)683-1400
Fax: (561)683-6773
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Lois M. Gackenheimer, PhD Ed, MSN, RN
Executive Director / President
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Admission Requirements for Health Occupations Programs

  1. 17 years of age or older. Health & Fitness Trainer students must be 18 in order to be eligible to take the certification exam.
  2. Demonstration of an interest in the training provided.
  3. Proof of High School Diploma or GED. If not from the US, it must specify that it is the equivalent of a US High School Diploma.
  4. Students involved in special grant programs who don’t have a HS Diploma may be accepted and will be offered remediation sessions.
  5. Compliance with the "Drug Free" college requirements.
  6. Employment in health occupations necessitates the ability to pass the Florida Board of Nursing requirements and Clinical requirements for Criminal Background Checks. Potential students with such problems will be helped with exemption procedures if applicable, and if not applicable, will be strongly advised not to register for health care programs due to Florida Statute 456.0635 described below.
  7. Health & Fitness Applicants must pass competency test.

If clinical sites require additional health screenings including but not limited to Tuberculosis Testing, Influenza Vaccine, and/or physical exam, ANHO will provide such screenings. Health & Fitness applicants have a Sports Physical Examination which ANHO will provide.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR PRACTICAL NURSING INCLUDING CRITICAL THINKING AND IV CERTIFICATION, ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PRACTICAL NURSING and ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING

  1. 17 years of age or older
  2. Proof of High School Diploma or G.E.D. If not from the US, it must specify that it is the equivalent of a US High School Diploma
  3. Competency Test. Priority will be given to those applicants with the highest scores.
  4. Proof of Good Physical/Mental Health must be provided by a Doctor, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, or Physician's Asst within six (6) months prior to the class start date and must include a negative urine drug screening.
  5. Free of active Tuberculosis, immunity to Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella, proof of immunization for Influenza, been vaccinated within the past ten years for Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap).
  6. Employer letters of reference, specifically recommending the applicant for a career in nursing, stating what the applicant has contributed to the community, and why they are recommending the applicant.
  7. Compliance with "Drug Free" college requirements.
  8. Employment in health occupations necessitates the ability to pass the Florida Board of Nursing requirements and Clinical requirements for Criminal Background Checks. Potential students with such problems will be helped with exemption procedures if applicable, and if not applicable, will be strongly advised not to register for health care programs due to Florida Statute 456.0635 described below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS: Employment in Nursing necessitates the ability to pass a Level II Criminal Background Check. If an applicant for licensure as a Nurse in the State of Florida has been convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation, the applicant shall submit arrest and court records stating the nature of the offense and final disposition of the case so that a determination can be made whether the offense relates to the practice of nursing or the ability to practice nursing. Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, effective July 1, 2012, the Department of Health shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the following applies:

Section 1: Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, reads:
456.0635 Health care fraud; disqualification for license, certificate, or registration –
  1. Health care fraud in the practice of a health care profession is prohibited.
  2. Department of Health shall refuse to admit a candidate to any examination and refuse to issue a license, certificate, or registration to any applicant:
    1. Has been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendre to a felony violation regardless of adjudication of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or a similar felony offense committed in another state or jurisdiction, unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification or registration unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
      1. For felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years before the date of application.
      2. For felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years before the date of application, except for felonies of the third degree under s. 893.13(6)(a).
      3. For felonies of the third degree under s. 893.13(6)(a) more than 5 years before the date of application;
    2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contender to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended more than 15 years before the date of the application;
    3. Has been terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program pursuant to s 409.913, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent 5 years;
    4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state, from any other state Medicaid Program unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent 5 years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application OR –
    5. Is currently listed on the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.


Applicants may be interviewed by the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations staff. Prospective students are welcome to visit while classes are in session, tour the college, and/or speak to students and graduates prior to enrollment. All Nursing classes will be filled on a first come first serve basis once the applicant has met the admission requirements.

Applicants wishing to transfer in credits must hold a valid Florida License for Practical Nursing and submit a transcript from the conferring college. Applicants wishing to transfer General Education credits must also furnish a transcript from the conferring college to ANHO for evaluation. The college’s Executive Director will evaluate each transcript and will accept credit equivalent and substantially similar to those offered in ANHO’s curriculum.

EFFECTIVE 07/01/2014: F.S. 464.08 If an applicant who graduates from an approved program does not take the licensure examination within six (6) months of training completion, he or she must enroll in and successfully complete a Florida Board of Nursing approved Licensure Exam Preparatory Course. The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with the course and may not use state or federal financial aid funds for such costs.