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Published 2/06/03
New Practical Nursing Certificate Program Offered at Owens Community College

Owens' Practical Nursing Certificate Program is being offered for the first time on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses during Spring Semester 2003. Committed to heightening academic programs available to the Northwest Ohio community, Owens Community College is responding to the ever-increasing need of nursing professionals by expanding its Nursing Programs to include a new Practical Nursing Certificate Program on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses. The College's new nursing certificate recently received provisional approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Board of Regents.

"Owens Community College establishing a new Practical Nursing Certificate Program demonstrates the College's commitment to meeting the demand for licensed practical nursing professionals among Northwest Ohio's health care community," said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College.

According to Dawn Wetmore, Owens Chair of Nursing and Surgical Programs, 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 across the country.

"With health care needs increasing for the aging population, the need for LPNs among health care employers is greater than ever," Wetmore said. "LPNs are an integral part of the health care team and provide assistance, under the supervision of registered nurses, to patients of different ages."

Wetmore added, "Individuals in this profession can be found applying their practical nursing skills at acute care agencies, physician offices, long-term care agencies and outpatient ambulatory areas."

The new Practical Nursing certificate will require approximately 42 credit hours of coursework, which includes nutrition, nursing fundamentals, pharmacology, nursing care for adults, life span psychology, nursing trends, nursing care of family and human anatomy and physiology. Following graduation, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.

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 after completing the Practical Nursing Certificate Program at Owens.

The LPN/ADN Progression Program is designed to prepare graduates for nursing positions in 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.

"Students who would like to apply to the College's Practical Nursing Program will need to have completed high school algebra and chemistry with a C or higher grade, or the equivalent coursework at Owens, and hold a State-Tested Nursing Assistant Certificate," Wetmore said. "All of these requirements can be taken at Owens through the College's Workforce and Community Services Division."

The Nurse Assistant Training Certification is an entry-level program designed to provide students with the skills needed to become a state-tested nurse assistant in the state of Ohio. For more information about the certification, contact Owens' 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 additional information about the College's new Practical Nursing Certificate Program, call (567) 661-7777 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7777.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. 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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