‘Greater demand for nurses’ means end to university partnership in Ohio

Toledo, Bowling Green State will each develop their own curriculum

Since the 1970s, nursing students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) have gone to the nearby University of Toledo (UT) Health Sciences campus to attend classes.

The 2018–2019 school year will be the final year of this arrangement.

Citing a greater demand for nurses, each school will be developing its own nursing curriculum starting with the 2019 freshman class, officials announced recently.

Under the existing agreement, BGSU pre-nursing students go on to complete their required nursing coursework through the UT College of Nursing after two years of pre-nursing studies at BGSU. While the students take their classes at UT during their junior and senior years, they remain BGSU students and are awarded their bachelor’s degree by BGSU.

University of Toledo College of Nursing Dean Linda Lewandowski says the split was due to a higher demand for nurses.

BGSU officials say they are pursuing a new partnership with nearby institutions, such as Lourdes University.
Current students involved in the merged program will not be affected by the split.

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.

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