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Published 7/1/2003
Nurse Assistant Training Program Offered at Owens Findlay Workforce and Community Services Division

FINDLAY - Area residents interested in a rewarding career within the health care field can pursue such an opportunity by participating in a three-week Nurse Assistant Training Program at Owens Community College this summer.

Two separate sessions of the program are available to individuals throughout the months of July, August and September. Course offerings are July 22 - August 8 and August 14 - September 3. The two classes run from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Nurse Assistant Program is offered through Owens Community College's Workforce and Community Services Division, 1200 Commerce Parkway, in Findlay, and is the largest training provider for nurse assistants in Ohio.

"Owens' Nurse Assistant Training Program was created to provide students with an enriching educational experience by incorporating both hands-on training and academic instruction into the curriculum," said Dr. Joe Conrad, Owens Director of Health and Wellness for the College's Workforce and Community Services Division. "Our goal is to prepare each person for a professional career where they will be able to assist individuals in need of health care."

During the three-week program, students will learn basic nursing and personal care skills, as well as mental health and social service needs. They also will acquire knowledge about safety and emergency procedures, infection control and respecting and promoting patients' rights. Two eight-hour clinical days are included in the course work.

According to Conrad, nurse assistants are an integral part of the health care team and provide assistance to a variety of patients, which include the mentally challenged, the elderly, cancer patients and children. They also are one-on-one caregivers and often work in hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies and hospices.

Nurse assistants are required by the Ohio Department of Health to be professionally trained and registered. Following completion of the Nurse Assistant Training Program, students will become eligible to take the state examination, of which Owens serves as a testing site.

Enrollment in the Nurse Assistant Training Program is open to the public and formal admission to the College is not required. For more information, or to register for nurse assistant training classes, call (567) 429-3600.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 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 130 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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