WOOD COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - Bowling Green State University and Mercy Health have signed a letter of intent to transfer operations of Mercy College of Ohio to BGSU.
This is in an effort to address a statewide shortage of nurses and the high demand for other health professionals.
The transfer would include Mercy College's 9-degree programs and 6 certificate programs and is expected to be complete in 2 to 3 years.
This is a big move moving forward especially for BGSU's nursing program, as they announced an end to their nursing partnership with the University of Toledo in the summer.
Both BGSU and Mercy College leaders agree that this decision is what is best for all students involved in the programs.
BGSU President Rodney Rogers says that by adding Mercy College to BGSU, they can become a more competitive nursing program and respond to Ohio's nursing shortage.
"I believe public universities have an obligation to act in the public interest and create public good. That is why the taxpayers help support our public university system. We have a responsibility to make sure that we are responding to the community needs," Rogers said.
BGSU says Mercy Health will serve as a key partner with them to provide clinical experiences for students and employment opportunities for graduates.
The two organizations will also look at ways to enhance the health and well-being of the community through research, grants and other training opportunities.
While the transfer is in the works, Mercy College will continue to serve its approximately 1,5000 students and operate normally.