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Published 8/30/2005

Owens Community College Students Attend First-Ever Classes on the Medical University of Ohio's Campus

Owens student Robin Gray prepares to take her first academic class at MUO. With a book bag around her shoulder, Robin Gray of Toledo looked prepared to begin another semester of classes as an Owens Community College student. However, different from the previous fall, spring or summer terms, Owens' Toledo-area Campus will not serve as home to all of the surgical major's classes. Beginning this academic year, many students, like Gray, will have the opportunity to take several of their courses at the Medical University of Ohio (MUO), giving the College its first-ever classroom presence in Lucas County.

The Owens and MUO partnership is believed to be the only one of its kind between a community college and a medical college in the country.

"I am really excited about taking Owens classes at the Medical University of Ohio," said a smiling Gray, who has aspirations of becoming a surgical technologist after graduating from Owens. "To think that I will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with some of the finest surgical professionals in the country is quite an honor. I feel privileged to be provided with such unique educational choices through an Owens education."

Gray is among nearly 200 Owens students who have chosen to pursue College course offerings at MUO. Educational opportunities available to students this fall are within the areas of arts and sciences and health sciences.

According Kathleen Lagger, Owens adjunct faculty member in the surgical program, offering Owens' first-ever classes on the MUO campus is a monumental moment in the history of the College.

"Owens is always on the cutting edge of meeting the educational needs of its students," said the proud Perrysburg native, who also is an Owens graduate. "The College's vision is focused on providing educational avenues for students to achieve their ultimate career goals."

Lagger added, "This new partnership between Owens Community College and the Medical University of Ohio is a great representation of two academic institutions working together for the betterment of current and future students."

In addition to Owens expanding its educational opportunities through academic courses, the College, along with MUO, is 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 marks the first-ever educational program offered simultaneously between the community college and medical college.

Owens and MUO representatives take time to pose for a picture following the first day of classes on the University's campus. The new Emergency Medical Services Certificate Program requires approximately 28 credit hours of coursework and provides students with hands-on experiential learning within various areas of educational training, including the potential for clinical rotation through emergency services at the MUO and the Toledo Department of Fire and Rescue Operations.

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.

Upon completion of the certificate program, students are able to apply all certificate coursework earned toward an associate degree within Owens' emergency medical management program.

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 MUO medical students. Owens also is able to utilize the MUO'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, MUO is Northwest Ohio's only academic-health center focused on education, research and patient care. The courses of study at MUO 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. MUO 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. MUO's 475-acre campus also includes the MUO Hospital, the MUO Rehabilitation Hospital and the Kobacker Center, a child-adolescent psychiatric hospital. Annually, MUO receives more than $20 million in research grants.

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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