October 23, 2012

Owens Community College Announces New Compressed Medical Assisting Degree Program

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College is expanding its educational opportunities within medical assisting by announcing the creation of a new compressed Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program. Beginning Spring Semester 2013, the new compressed program will be offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.

“Owens Community College is excited to complement our current academic offerings with a new compressed Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program option that provides area residents with an alternative way to pursue a college education,” said Diane Morlock, Owens Interim Chair of Medical Assisting. “Employment opportunities within the medical assisting profession continue to grow as a result of an ever-changing health care industry and Owens is proud to open new doors for students to reach their career goals.”

Owens’ new compressed Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program enables students to complete their associate’s degree in three continuous semesters compared to the traditional five semester program. Academic coursework during the three semesters will be completed as part of four-week, eight-week and 16-week sessions through classroom, laboratory and online learning.

The Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program was established in 2006 with the overall goal of preparing students for careers as medical assistants. Students enrolled in the program are specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians’ offices, clinics and group practices, performing administrative and clinical procedures. Owens’ program, which is offered through the School of Nursing, requires 70 hours of coursework within areas such as anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, computer applications, medical assisting clinical applications and medical assisting administrative applications, among others. Upon completion of the program, individuals are able to take the national certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Owens’ program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment.

Owens will host two open houses on the College’s Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses for those individuals interested in learning more about the new compressed program. The open houses will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Education Center Room 022 on the Findlay-area Campus in Findlay and on Monday, Nov. 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Health Technologies Hall Room 307 on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

For additional information about the new compressed Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program, call (567) 661-2539 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2539.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation 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. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.