BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — On Friday, the BGSU Board of Trustees granted approval for the university to bring a school of nursing and school of physical therapy to their campus.
BGSU is expanding its nursing program after introducing their online RN to BSN program in 2019.
According to Provost Joe Whitehead, students will be able to start and finish their degree at the university without having to go to another campus like they have in the past.
"RN to BSN is a program in high demand, nursing is a high demand field. As a university who's trying to fulfill the public good, having programs in healthcare will help fulfill the need that's out there in health care and nursing is one of those high need areas," Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Joe Whitehead said.
The university will not be taking away the other program they offer in nursing.
Provost Whitehead said another high-need area is physical therapy. Most physical therapy programs last three years, the provost says their program is going to be accelerated.
"It's a two-year program and it's a hybrid program. The courses are online but then the students come together at one location for clinical experiences," the provost said.
By adding these two schools, he said it lays the foundation for the university to continue to grow.
The first class of physical therapy students is expected in fall of 2022. More information on the two new schools can be found here.