Consortium Transition FAQ
To meet the demand for more nurses in the region and across the country, Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo will pursue independent nursing programs to train additional healthcare providers.
BGSU and UT will phase out their joint BGSU/UT nursing consortium over the next four years to provide opportunities for both universities to focus on separate strategies to educate and grow the capacity of nurses, which is critical to meeting the future healthcare needs of the region.
Current students will not be affected by this decision. All current BGSU nursing students – both the students already studying at UT and qualified pre-nursing students – will continue with the BGSU/UT consortium program through graduation to earn their degree. They will continue with their coursework and clinicals as planned.
As long as the nursing student is enrolled in upper-level nursing courses by the summer of 2021, they will remain a part of the BGSU/UT consortium and, upon completion of coursework, will earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing from BGSU.
Nursing students starting this fall 2018 also will not be affected by this decision. They will still have the opportunity to be part of the BGSU/UT consortium program. They will still apply for the upper-level courses and clinicals in fall 2020 or summer 2021 as planned.
Transfer students who will be ready to begin by summer 2021 will not be affected by this decision. Transfer students who will not be ready to enter the BGSU/UT consortium by summer 2021 will be able to pursue the new plans we will have in place for fall 2021.
BGSU remains deeply committed to nursing education. We look forward to continuing our long tradition of training excellent practitioners to serve Ohio and beyond.
We have begun discussions with a number of other partners and we will be sharing more news about the future of the programs soon. We will have new plans in place to educate and train nurses and look forward to welcoming pre-nursing students come fall of 2019 and beyond.
BGSU welcomes the opportunity to discuss the best clinical path for a nursing student individually. Should students have questions or would like to inquire about other opportunities, they may call the College of Health and Human Services Advising Office at 419-372-8242
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2024. The nursing workforce is expected to grow by 16 percent to 3.2 million by 2024 with more than one million job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements. The American Nursing Association projects that 1 million new nurses will be needed by 2020. That is why BGSU and UT are pursuing independent nursing programs. Doing so, will allow us to prepare more nurses to meet the demand.