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Published 4/12/2005

Owens Community College and the Medical College of Ohio Set New Precedent With Consortium Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program

Owens Community College and the Medical College of Ohio are setting a new precedent within higher education by entering into a unique partnership, establishing an Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program between the two academic institutions. The new venture will mark the first-ever educational program offered simultaneously between the community college and medical college. "Owens Community College is honored to partner with the Medical College of Ohio and open new doors for students by providing greater access to higher education," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., president of Owens Community College. "Medical College of Ohio president, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, and his institution are visionary leaders within the health-care community. We welcome this collaborative program with open arms and embrace the idea of aligning our educational philosophies."

"This initiative represents institutional collaboration and resource sharing at its best," said Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, president of the Medical College of Ohio. "The end result is an excellent education provided in a cost-effective manner that benefits the students and all of Ohio."

The new Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program will require approximately 28 credit hours of coursework and provide students with hands-on experiential learning within various areas of educational training, including the potential for clinical rotation through the emergency services at the Medical College of Ohio and the Toledo Department of Fire and Rescue Operations.

"Owens Community College has made a concerted effort to build upon the educational needs of our students by continuing the advancement of academic programs through innovation and collaboration," said Dr. Paul Unger, provost of Owens Community College. "This new initiative represents a pioneering model for higher education between community colleges and medical colleges and will become the springboard for many more endeavors at these respected institutions."

Students successfully completing the coursework may qualify to take the National Registry exam and receive state certification through the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS). Graduates of the program can be found applying their paramedic skills in hospitals, ambulance companies, fire departments, police departments, laboratories, physicians' offices, industrial facilities and community agencies.

"Educating health professionals is what we do at MCO," said Dr. Christopher Bork, dean of the School of Allied Health at the Medical College of Ohio. "And increased training of EMS personnel also supports the Great Lakes Consortium for Homeland Security of which both Owens and MCO are members."

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to apply all certificate coursework earned toward an associate degree within Owens' proposed Emergency Medical Management Program, which is pending approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.

In addition to the new academic program, Owens Community College will soon expand its educational opportunities to Lucas County by offering its first-ever courses on the Medical College of Ohio campus. Beginning Fall Semester 2005, academic curriculum within the areas of arts and sciences and health sciences will be taught by Owens faculty in the Howard L. Collier Building.

According to provost Unger, the College's course offerings will be available to students during the daytime and evening hours. "Owens students will have dual usage in educational support services to include the libraries and parking privileges," he stated. "Nearly half of our students reside in Lucas County and this academic venture is focused on making an Owens education more accessible to Lucas County residents."

An additional initiative between the two academic institutions includes a longstanding collaborative relationship, enabling Owens Physical Therapist Assistant Program students to conduct educational training within a cadaver lab typically reserved for Medical College of Ohio medical students. Owens also is able to utilize the Medical College of Ohio's hospitals for clinical education opportunities within the Nursing Program, the Surgical Program, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the Dietetic Technician Program and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Located in Toledo, MCO is northwest Ohio's only academic-health center focused on education, research and patient care. The courses of study at MCO are conducted in four schools: the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health and the Graduate School. Combined, the schools enroll approximately 1,000 students each year. MCO has more than 400 full-time faculty members and more than 1,000 area physicians, nurses and health professionals serve the college as advisors and student preceptors. MCO's 475-acre campus also includes the MCO Hospital, the MCO Rehabilitation Hospital and the Kobacker Center, a child- adolescent psychiatric hospital. Annually MCO receives more than $20 million in research grants. MCO will change its name to the Medical University of Ohio at Toledo on June 8, 2005. For more information, log onto www.mco.edu .

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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