About the American Medical Institute
Located in Houston, TX, the American Medical Institute is designed for individuals interested in pursuing patient care careers in the healthcare industry. The mission of AMI is to graduate competent and compassionate healthcare workers who are comfortable working in diverse communities. The school participates in local, healthcare-related events, and students can join the Student Nurses Association.
Students can select between three primary programs intended to prepare them to work as nurse aides, medication aides or vocational nurses, and AMI also provides courses in areas like CPR and first aid. The school's vocational nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. AMI is also approved by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to provide nurse aide training.
Programs at the American Medical Institute
Certified Nurse Aide
This program takes 4-6 weeks and prepares one to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs provide basic nursing care to patients in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics covered in the CNA program include ambulation, infection control, patient transfer positioning, vital signs and resident care. In order to become certified, students are required to pass a state exam.
Nurse aides enrolled in this program learn how to administer medication to residents of nursing homes and hospital patients, under a licensed nurse's supervision. The eight-week program prepares graduates to pursue entry-level jobs as nursing home medication aides. Enrollees learn how drugs affect the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems.
To be considered for this 12-month program, applicants must be at least 18 and possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, as well as achieve stipulated scores on the Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) exam. Upon completion of AMI's vocational nurse program, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in order to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN).