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The ACCESS to Nursing Program offered at BGSU Firelands College, Presented by Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College, in Elyria, Ohio, and Bowling Green State University Firelands  College, in Huron, Ohio, are offering a unique opportunity that brings an associate degree (RN) program to residents of Erie, Ottawa, Huron and Sandusky counties.

The ACCESS (Achieving Continuing Career Education for Success and Satisfaction) program is designed for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who aspire to the RN degree. Although offered jointly, nursing courses are held at BGSU FC and the clinical component of the program is completed at health care facilities in Bellevue, Fremont, Huron, Norwalk or Sandusky.

ACCESS students receive advanced placement into clinical courses, an advantage which is earned by the successful completion of an LPN program. The program has three main components:

Support coursework, first-year courses and second-year courses. Support coursework consists of courses in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, writing, psychology, sociology and mathematics.

Some of these courses may be waived dependent upon a student’s academic achievement in high school. A nursing academic advisor is available at BGSU FC for students wanting to inquire about their Support Coursework status. First-year courses are offered in Behavioral Health Nursing, Maternal-Newborn Nursing, and Child Health Nursing. Second-year Courses are offered in Comprehensive Adult Nursing and Advanced Concepts in Nursing. Following completion of the Transitions course, students receive college credit for their LPN coursework.

Nursing faculty from LCCC teach the nursing courses of the program at the BGSU FC campus. Those needing support courses to enter this program may complete these courses at BGSU FC or LCCC. Prerequisite or support courses are offered both days and evenings at both campuses for the convenience of working LPNs. The associate of applied science degree in nursing is earned from LCCC.

LCCC’s associate degree nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Those who successfully complete the associate degree nursing program are eligible to take the Ohio state licensure examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. LCCC graduates consistently score higher than the national average on the NCLEX. LCCC’s associate degree nursing program boasts a 100 percent placement rate.

For More Information

  • For more information about the LCCC Registered Nursing program offered at BGSU FC, please contact Ellen Naderer in the BGSU FC Nursing Office toll-free at (800) 322-4787 or direct-dial (419) 433-5560 or on the Internet at
  • For detailed career information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook:

An Accelerated LPN to RN Program
This program prepares graduates to function as registered nurses in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care agencies. Registered nurses promote health for clients through hygienic care; teaching; assessment of body systems; implementation of the nursing process, including treatment modalities offered by the physician; and rehabilitative care. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Admission Requirements
To enter the program, a student must possess Ohio licensure to practice as an LPN and be a graduate of an approved LPN program. A student must have completed all LPN courses and all science coursework with a “C” or better, as well as have a 2.5 grade point average in all prerequisite coursework. In addition, a student must possess credentials to administer medication in Ohio and validation of one year of work experience as an LPN.

Support Courses
Students should be aware that some or all of these courses may be waived, depending on courses completed for their respective LPN programs. 

RN to BSN Completion Program
Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo College of Nursing partner to make available the RN to BSN Program to area RN graduates of ADN and Diploma nursing programs. This alternate degree program for the RN provides for flexibility and an individualized curriculum approach for the nurse in practice. The nursing courses in this program are offered online with all support/pre-requisite courses offered at BGSU Firelands. For further information, contact the Nursing Office at BGSU Firelands.

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