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Published 7/3/2003
Registered Nursing Program Expands Educational Opportunities at Owens Findlay-area Campus

FINDLAY – Owens Community College is responding to the ever-increasing need of nursing professionals by expanding its Registered Nursing Program on the Findlay-area Campus.

Beginning the 2003-2004 academic year, Owens will accept an additional 42 students, which increases the number to 70 individuals admitted into the Findlay-area Campus Registered Nursing Program. The increase in enrollment also will enable students to enter the program during both the Fall and Spring Semesters.

“Owens expanding its Registered Nursing Program is another way that the College can assist in meeting the demand for nursing professionals among Northwest Ohio’s health care community,” said Dawn Wetmore, Owens Chair of Nursing and Surgical Programs.

Wetmore added, “The shortage of registered nurses continues to grow on a daily basis. By admitting more students into the Registered Nursing Program, Owens is providing area residents with additional academic opportunities while also helping to alleviate the need for health care professionals at the same time.”

Established in 1969 as the first associate degree program of its kind in Northwest Ohio, the College’s Registered Nursing Program has graduated more than 3,500 nurses. The program was implemented on the Findlay-area Campus in 1991.

Owens’ Registered Nursing Program requires 72 credit hours of course work, which includes nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, life span psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues and anatomy and physiology. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination.

The Registered Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates for nursing positions in variety of health care settings. Among the various locations are acute care agencies, physician offices, long-term care agencies and outpatient ambulatory areas. The program combines studies at Owens with planned and guided clinical experience in client care for health care facilities and community agencies.

Owens Health Technologies Division also offers a Licensed Practical Nurse/Associate Degree Nursing (LPN/AND) Progression Program, which is designed for individuals who need specified nursing courses and are Licensed Practical Nurses. During the Spring Semester, Owens for the first time made available a new Practical Nursing Certificate Program on the Findlay-area and Toledo-area Campuses.

For additional information about the College’s Registered Nursing Program, call (567) 429-3500.

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, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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