We will begin accepting applications for 2016 entry on August 15, 2015.
- First, download an application and apply to Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.
- When we receive your completed application, a follow up letter will be mailed to you outlining the steps required to complete the admission process.
- After your admission file is complete, the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing admissions committee will notify you if you are accepted into the nursing program.
- We will mail a Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Firelands application for admission for you to complete if you are accepted into our program. You will then be notified by BGSU Firelands if you need to complete any additional admission requirements.
Choose a link below to see the admission requirements for each program.
Admission Requirements for All Applicants to the School of Nursing
Admission Requirements for LPNs (LPN to RN Program)
- Submission of an application after completion of the junior year of high school. A fee of $25.00 must be sent with the application form.
- Graduation from high school or satisfactory performance on the general education development (GED) test.
- Achievement of high school graduation requirements as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education. Completion of one credit hour in each of the following high school courses is required: algebra, biology and chemistry.
- High school transcript including, if applicable, a GED test score. (Applicants who have passed the GED test must have passed courses in algebra, chemistry and biology.)
- Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended.
- Test of essential academic skills (TEAS): score of at least proficient. Applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.
- Three “Evaluation of Applicant’s Performance and Potential” reference forms provided by the school will need to be submitted from individuals who know the applicant (teachers, clergy, employers or counselors). A relative or friend may not give a reference.
- A personal interview is required prior to enrollment.
- Accepted applicants will be required to complete a:
- Drug screen
- Criminal background investigation
Admission Requirements for Transfer Students
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) complete the same application process as regular students but are admitted with advanced standing in the program. A few different requirements are needed from LPN applicants:
- LPNs who apply for advanced standing must request that a transcript of the final record from the school of practical nursing be sent to the school of nursing. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in the LPN program is required.
- At least one year's employment as a licensed practical nurse is required. LPNs with less than one year of employment will be evaluated for admission on a case-by-case basis. The applicant must request that an evaluation of nursing performance by the employer be sent to the School of Nursing. The employer evaluation will be accepted in lieu of character references.
- All accepted applicants who are LPNs must hold a current, valid license in Ohio; must be authorized by the Ohio Board of Nursing to perform intravenous therapy procedures; must have completed all practical nursing courses with a C or better; and must successfully complete the Nursing Access (LPN-to-RN transition course) prior to enrollment in nursing courses.
- All accepted applicants who are LPNs must enroll in nursing courses within 12 months of completion of the Nursing Access (LPN-to-RN transition course).
- LPNs may take the ACCESS LPN-to-RN Transition Course only once.
- Fast LANE LPN to RN applicants are not required to complete high school biology prior to admission or to complete BGSU Firelands college placement tests.
- Applicants who are LPNs are considered as admissions with advanced standing.
- Individuals with Military Experience
- Applicants with experience in the armed forces of the United States, National Guard or in a reserve component will have his or her military education and skills training evaluated for equivalence in the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing curriculum by the director in consultation with the nursing faculty.
- Credit will be awarded for any military education or skills training deemed substantially equivalent to courses in the nursing curriculum.
- Any student who has completed post-secondary education prior to admission to the school of nursing will be termed a "transfer student."
- The applicant must submit an official transcript from all college(s) or vocational Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program(s) attended. Course descriptions may be requested to complete the credit evaluation. The transcripts must be received in the school of nursing at least one month prior to the beginning of the term in which the course(s) is (are) scheduled.
- Transfer students who wish to enter the school of nursing in the second year must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher at the last college attended.
- The determination of transfer credit and the placement of the applicant in the program will be based on a review of the applicant’s official transcript(s) and supporting documents.
- Credit for non-nursing courses is accepted after evaluation of the transcript and course descriptions by BGSU Firelands.
- A grade of C or better in a physical science or nursing course from another accredited institution is required for transfer credit to be granted.
- Transfer credit for physical science courses will be accepted only if the courses are not more than 10 years old.
- 15 semester hours towards the associate of science degree must be completed by the student through BGSU.
- Transfer credit is not calculated into the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing cumulative grade point average. Transfer students who have completed, earned or attempted a minimum of 12 college semester hours (18 college quarter hours) must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale to be admitted to the nursing program in the first year. IF the student has attended more than one college or university, the GPA will be determined by BGSU Firelands.
- Transfer credit for nursing courses will only be granted if the courses come from a nursing education program accredited by a national nursing accrediting body-either the ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE. The Director will review course descriptions of all nursing courses completed at another nursing program to determine which courses will be transferrable. Transfer students who have completed professional nursing courses at another institution must successfully complete a demonstration of basic nursing skills and assessment techniques prior to registering for Firelands School of Nursing courses. This demonstration is arranged through the Firelands School of Nursing Skills Laboratory Coordinator.
- Licensed Practical Nurses may be admitted to the Special or Fast LANE programs with advanced standing (see admission policies). Licensed Practical Nurses receive the following advanced standing hours: 200 class hours, 50 lab hours and 300 clinical hours for a total of 550 clock hours and 24 credit hours. These hours were determined by reviewing class and lab content, as well as, clinical experience in a typical LPN program and comparing the hours to the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing regular program curriculum plan. These hours are reviewed on an annual basis by the director of the school of nursing.
- The student must be enrolled at Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing for at least one academic year to be granted a diploma.
Notification of Acceptance/Enrollment
- If you are accepted to the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, you will be notified by mail. You will receive an application to BGSU Firelands to begin their admission process.
- After notification of acceptance, each applicant must pay a $25 deposit fee within four weeks.
- Once you are accepted at both institutions, you will be enrolled as a student at both BGSU Firelands and Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.
- You will be required to attend orientation sessions for both institutions.
- During your enrollment, you will be able to take advantage of the services offered on both campuses.
- BGSU Firelands faculty will teach the general education courses. These courses could be taught on either the BGSU Firelands or Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing campus.
- For your first year, your financial aid and tuition charges will be processed through BGSU Firelands.
- When you begin your second year, your financial aid and tuition charges will be processed through Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.
All applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information or other characteristics protected by the law.