BGSU Firelands offers a variety of options for anyone wishing to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse. BGSU Firelands serves as the liaison between a range of programs and partnerships designed to provide nursing students with flexible and professional degree programs.

Associate Degree Nursing Programs (in collaboration with Lorain County Community College)*
  • Allows students who wish to remain local to complete all required coursework
  • Local hospitals are utilized for the clinical experiences, and Lorain County Community College awards the degree.
  • Advising is available in the Firelands College Office of Nursing. Contact Ellen Naderer by e-mail or at 419.372.0668
ACCESS To Nursing Program*
  • Designed for the LPN wishing to obtain Registered Nurse licensure,
  • Program is in cooperation with Lorain County Community College
  • LPN's earn advance status, and LCCC awards the Associate Degree in Nursing.
  • Contact Ellen Naderer by e-mail or at (419) 433-5560 ext. 20668
BSN Degree Program
  • BGSU offers the BSN for students entering the nursing profession
  • The first two years of support courses are offered on the BGSU Firelands campus
  • Admission to the degree program is competitive and all nursing courses are taught at the University of Toledo College of Nursing
  • Advising is available by contacting the College of Health & Human Services by email or 419-372-8242.  
RN To BSN Degree Program
  • For the RN who wishes to obtain a Bachelor's Degree
  • RN students complete any required additional support courses
  • Upon admission to the program, students will complete a course of study which is entirely online.
  • Designed to make it possible for the working RN to obtain a Bachelor's Degree regardless of work schedule.
  • Degree is awarded from the College of Health and Human Services at Bowling Green State University
  • Additional information about the RN to BSN Program can be found at

*While support courses are held in collaboration with BGSU Firelands, the degree awarded for any one these programs shall be that of Lorain County Community College.


Ellen Naderer

Ms. Ellen Naderer

Position: Nursing Program Coordinator/Nursing Advisor
Phone: 419-372-0668
Address: 225 George Mylander Hall

Shelly Bussard

Shelly Bussard, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, CNE

Position: Instructor / Director RN to BSN Program