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Published 11/25/2003
Owens’ Workforce and Community Services Division Offers New Podiatric Medical Assistant Program

Owens Community College is responding to the growing need for podiatric professionals by expanding its academic curriculum to include new Podiatric Medical Assistant Program.

In collaboration with the Regional Podiatry Association, Owens becomes the first higher educational institution in the state of Ohio to offer area residents Podiatric Medical Assistant training opportunities. The new program is being offered through Owens’ Workforce and Community Services Division, located on Tracy Road in Northwood.

"Serving Northwest Ohio’s health care community is a top priority for Owens," said Dr. Joe Conrad, Owens Director of Health and Wellness Programs for the College’s Workforce and Community Services Division. "Our goal is to prepare each student enrolled in the program for a professional career within podiatry."

Conrad added, "As people age they are more likely to choose podiatric physicians for foot-related ailments. The demand for licensed podiatric assistants continues to steadily grow as health care needs increase for the aging population."

The new program will require 148 hours of classroom instruction, which includes general podiatric medicine principles, anatomy and biomechanics, medical terminology, clinical testing, surgical assisting and instrumentation, radiology and medical emergencies. Individuals in this profession can be found applying their podiatric skills at physician offices and hospitals within the fields of dermatology and sports medicine.

Following completion of the Podiatric Medical Assistant Program, students will become eligible to take the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants (ASPMA) certification examination. The first session of the new program will be offered Mondays and Wednesday, January 12 – May 19. The course is from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Owens’ Workforce and Community Services Division is dedicated to providing customer-driven workforce development and job training. The learning-centered approach focuses on developing and enhancing professional skills to meet the needs of the community, customizing training in the areas of computer applications, allied health education, apprenticeship-related training and skilled trades.

Enrollment in the Podiatric Medical Assistant Program is open to the public and formal admission to the College is not required. For more information, or to register for the program, call (567) 661-7315 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7315.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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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