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Proposed Licensed Practical Nursing Program Offered at Owens Community College

Due to the acute shortage of nursing personnel in Northwest Ohio and nationwide, Owens Community College is responding to this ever-increasing need by expanding its Nursing Programs to include a new Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate Program on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses. The program is pending approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

"The number of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in practice is declining due to an aging workforce, which has caused a tremendous shortage of nurses in Northwest Ohio and across the country," said Janell Lang, Owens Dean of Health Technologies. "With health care needs increasing for the aging population, the need for LPNs among health care employers is greater than ever."

The proposed LPN Certificate will require 42 credit hours of classes which include nutrition, nursing fundamentals, pharmacology, nursing care of adults, life span psychology, nursing trends, nursing care of family and human anatomy and physiology. Following the completion of the proposed certificate program, graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.

"After six months of full-time equivalency experience, those individuals who are interested in pursuing an associate's degree can apply to the College's Licensed Practical Nurse/Associate Degree Nursing (LPN/ADN) Progression Program," said Lang.

The LPN/ADN Progression Program is designed to prepare graduates for nursing positions in a variety of health care settings. The program combines studies at Owens with planned and guided clinical experience in client care for health care facilities and community agencies. Graduates of the LPN/ADN Progression Program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become registered nurses.

"LPNs are an integral part of the health care team and provide assistance, under the supervision of registered nurses, to patients of different ages," said Dawn Wetmore, Owens Chair of Nursing and Surgical Technologies. "Individuals in this profession can be found applying their practical nursing skills at acute care agencies, hospitals, physician offices, long-term care agencies and outpatient ambulatory areas."

With approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing, the College anticipates offering courses for the proposed Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate Program beginning Spring Semester 2003 on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses.

"Students interested in applying to the LPN Program will need to have completed high school algebra and chemistry with a C or higher grade and hold a state-tested Nursing Assistant Certificate," Lang said. "All of these requirements can be obtained from Owens during this Fall Semester."

The Nurse Assistant Training Certification, which is offered during the Fall Semester, is designed as an entry-level program preparing students to acquire the skills needed to become a registered nurse assistant in the State of Ohio. For more information about the certification, contact the College's Workforce and Community Services Division at (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357 on the Toledo-area Campus. On the Findlay-area Campus, call (567) 429-3600.

For more information about the College's proposed Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate Program, call (567) 661-7777 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7777.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for entry-level college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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