Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions

  • First step is application and admission through the University of Toledo (UT) or Bowling Green State University (BGSU), both of which are excellent universities.  (Transfer students follow this same process.)  High School students are encouraged to apply early - in the fall of their senior year.
  • Students enter BGSU/UT as pre-nursing students.
  • Yes.  Admission to the nursing major involves a separate online application process through NursingCAS, usually during/after the sophomore year, with the College of Nursing accepting BSN students  to the upper division in three (3) application cycles per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters). The application windows for each semester's admission are as follows: 
Program Name NursingCAS and Supplemental Applications Open NursingCAS and Supplemental Application Deadline
BSN (Summer Entry) October 1 January 15
BSN (Fall Entry) February 15 May 1
BSN (Spring Entry) June 1, August 15** July 31, September 1**
RN-BSN (Fall Entry) February 15 May 1
RN-BSN (Spring Entry) June 1, August 15** July 31, September 1**


**The NursingCAS applicant portal closes on August 1st and reopens on August 15.  Please note that any documents that come in after August 1 will not be processed until the applicant portal reopens on August 15.  If you do not electronically submit your application prior to August 1, you will need to create a new application after August 15.  Application website:https://portal.nursingcas.org.

  • There is a $45.00 fee to be paid to NursingCAS for each application submission.
  • Admission is considered highly competitive.  To be considered for admission, the following requirements must be met: 
    • Completion of required courses prior to beginning the nursing major:  English Composition I and II; Psychology; Biology; Chemistry; Anatomy; Physiology; Microbiology; Math, Nutrition, Computer, Ethics, Statistics, Lifespan Psychology and Medical Terminology.  University required courses in humanities, social sciences and cultural diversity are also completed prior to entering the nursing major.  A grade of “C” or better is required for all coursework.   
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all college course work.  All transfer course work will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA
  • Students must successfully complete a competency preparation course and exit exam to graduate.

Once admitted to the upper division BSN program, BGSU students take their core Nursing courses on the UT Health Science Campus (formerly the Medical University of Ohio).

Once admitted to the upper division BSN program, clinical begins in the junior year and continues through the senior year. A variety of settings are used which expose students to a broad array of  health care problems and approaches.  Clinical placement is determined by the College of Nursing.

Living arrangements are an individual's preference.  Nursing students are still considered UT/BGSU students and therefore may live in a dorm or Greek housing.  Many students will live off campus in an apartment (there is no housing on the UT Health Science Campus, but there are apartments within walking distance or a 5 to 10 minute driving time).  BGSU students may live in Bowling Green and commute or may move to the Toledo area.  Transportation is the responsibility of the individual student.


Tuition and fees are whatever UT/BGSU charge for all four years.  Additional costs are uniforms, liability insurance, professional equipment, lab fees, exit exam, health examinations, immunizations, convocation fee, etc.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) is granted by UT or BGSU.  Graduates then  take the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).  Successful completion of the examination permits the practice of professional nursing.