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Published 11/15/2005

Owens Expands Academic Curriculum to Include New Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program

In response to the growing need for allied health professionals in Northwest Ohio, Owens Community College is expanding its educational opportunities by announcing the creation of a new Medical Assisting associate degree program. Beginning Spring Semester 2006, the new academic program will be offered through the School of Health Sciences on the Toledo-area Campus. The program is expected to be offered on the Findlay-area Campus in the near future.

The new two-year associate degree program recently received formal approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.

"Owens Community College's School of Health Sciences is proud to offer another health care program that will meet the needs of the surrounding communities," said Bonnie Hemp, Owens chair of Health Information Technology. "Medical assistant professionals are in increasing demand and the need for trained specialists is greater than ever before. The goal of this program is to provide students with the necessary training to become multi-skilled personnel who are capable of performing administrative and clinical procedures in the ambulatory health setting."

Owens' associate degree in Medical Assisting will require approximately 71 credit hours of coursework, which includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, administrative and clinical courses in medical assisting, legal concepts, coding and reimbursement, and arts and sciences electives.

The new program will serve to prepare entry-level medical assistants in administrative duties such as scheduling, billing and collection procedures, and procedural and diagnostic coding, as well as clinical aspects of administration of medication, performance of diagnostic tests and patient assessments. As part of this degree, students will receive supervised, hands-on experience that enables them to gain real work experience. Additionally, second-year students will participate in a 160-hour externship in an allied health care setting.

Upon completion of the program, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work in ambulatory health care settings such as physician offices, clinics and group practices. Graduates also have the opportunity to receive professional recognition through a national exam.

For additional information about Owens' Medical Assisting associate degree program, call (567) 661-7286 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext 7286. Students interested in enrolling in the program for Spring Semester must have their completed application submitted no later than December 9. Spring Semester classes begin on January 9.

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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