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Owens Practical Nursing Students Excel on National Exam
Owens Community College's Practical Nursing Program has achieved academic excellence with a reported 100 percent passing rate for candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses (NCLEX- PN Examination). The 24 students who passed the national licensure examination also represent the first group of individuals to graduate from the first-year program.
"The Owens Health Technologies Division has a longstanding tradition of providing academic programs designed to prepare graduates to succeed within Northwest Ohio's health care community," said Janell Lang, Owens Dean of the Health Technologies Division. "The Practical Nursing Program's impressive achievement is a credit to Owens faculty members Luann Snyder and Cyndi Hotaling in preparing our students for careers as practical nurses. They are the reason this program has flourished and I applaud them for their hard work and dedication."
The overall passing rate for individuals taking the NCLEX-PN in Ohio this past year was 93 percent. Owens' Practical Nursing Program was one of only 10 academic institutions to achieve a 100 percent passing rate for the academic year.
The national licensure is a five-hour, computer-administered examination that challenges test takers with a maximum of 205 scenario-type questions. Each unique NCLEX-PN examination reflects the knowledge, skills and abilities essential for a practical nurse to master in order to meet the needs of clients requiring the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. Those who pass the examination become licensed practical nurses.
To help the Practical Nursing certificate students prepare for the licensure exam, the College has installed a self-paced, computer program that allow students to enhance their skills. Practice exams also are available for students prior to taking their final examination and graduating from Owens.
In response to the ever-increasing need for nursing professionals, the College is expanding its Practical Nursing Program on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Beginning with the 2004-05 academic year, Owens will accept an additional 56 students, which increases the number to 112 individuals admitted into the Practical Nursing Program. The increase in enrollment also will enable students to enter the program during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
"Owens expanding its Practical Nursing Program is another way that the College can assist in meeting the demand for nurses within the health care profession," Lang said.
She added, "With health care needs increasing for the aging population, the need for LPNs among health care employers is greater than ever. LPNs are an integral part of the health care team and provide assistance, under the supervision of registered nurses, to patients of different ages."
Owens' Practical Nursing certificate was first offered to area residents in January 2003. The program requires 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.
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.
Those individuals who are interested in pursuing an associate 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.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio 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.