Findlay, Ohio — The University of Findlay’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission, the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Board of Regents and will begin enrolling its first class immediately.
Findlay’s nursing program will admit 30 students each year, and classes will begin each fall, beginning this fall. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).
The University began actively working toward establishing the BSN program after a feasibility study which supported the launch of the program was completed and presented to the Board of Trustees at its Oct. 5, 2012, meeting. According to Dr. Darin Fields, vice president for academic affairs for the University, the addition of the BSN Program to the already high quality health professions programs and UF’s strengths in clinical education in the health professions provide a strong basis for this program. “The University has built a strong reputation for high quality health professions programs and we are excited now offer a bachelor’s of science in nursing program to the region,” stated Fields.
The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Program emphases critical thinking, professional leadership, emerging trends in health care, health and human functioning, professional ethics diversity and health care management. Students will provide competent nursing care in skills lab, simulation, and a variety of acute care hospital units, community and public facilities. Clinical practice begins in the sophomore year and continues five semesters. Students will have 865 hours of clinical practice by the time they complete the program.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is predicted that there will be 1.2 million job openings for registered nurses in the next eight years, accompanied by an expected shortage of registered nurses by the year 2020. To meet the projected need, an additional 30,000 nurses need to graduate from nursing schools annually, an expansion of 30 percent over the current number graduating.
Students may learn more about the program at www.findlay.edu/nursing. Please contact Marjorie Walker, Ed.D., associate professor and chair of nursing, with questions at 419-434-4622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.