Preparing for the Test
The level 1 exam has questions concerning basic areas of nursing, medical terminology and mental illness. It addresses issues that would normally be encountered by entry-level employees, such as mental health workers or nurses aides. It does not include difficult questions that require advanced training and education.
AAPT’s function is only to administer the certification exam. We do not provide training or education.In preparing for the test, it is recommended that you brush up on whatever coursework you have completed.
Other valuable study sources are textbooks on basic nursing, psychiatric nursing or introductory counseling. In the sidebar of this page, you will find a list of books that can be helpful. They should be available from Amazon.com and/or Barnes and Noble. As you will see, the subjects addressed by some of the books are more advanced than the level of duties performed by most Psychiatric Technicians. However, we have found that many Psychiatric Technicians find them quite useful.
Books for Psychiatric Technicians
Medical Terminology with Human Anatomy, Jane Rice, Prentice Hall.
Nurse Assistant – Test Preparation, Wanda Smith, Prentice Hall.
Nursing Assistant Review for Competency Evaluation, Sheila A. Sorrentino and Mary H. Heath, Mosby Inc.
Being a Nursing Assistant, Francie Wolgin, Prentice Hall
Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants, Mosby Inc.
Nursing Assistant / Nurse Aid Exam, Learning Express.
Competency Exam Prep and Review for Nursing Assistants, Barbara M. Kast, Delmar Publishers.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Katherine M. Fortinash and Patricia A. Holoday-Worret, Mosby Inc.
Foundation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach, Elizabeth M. Varcaroli, W. B. Saunders Co.