College is an exciting time. Determining which path is right for you and how to get on that path can sometimes seem overwhelming. At Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science, our Admissions and Financial Aid team is prepared to walk you through what it takes to become a student at GSC.
As you consider a career in nursing and or health science and application to our college, consider your ability to participate fully in an educational program for nursing. The nursing profession is challenging and has job duties that can change by the minute. Registered Nurses (RNs) need to be ready to perform a variety of tasks. Standards and Functional Abilities for Nursing Students have been developed for you to self-assess your readiness for a nursing career.
The following standards and functional abilities are necessary requirements for participation in the nursing program. However, if an individual believes that he/she is unable to meet one or more of these necessary requirements due to a disability, he/she should contact the College Compliance Officer in order to determine whether an appropriate accommodation can be made so that the individual can meet the necessary requirements and participate fully in the educational program.
- Critical Thinking: ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
- Reading: ability sufficient to comprehend the written word.
- Arithmetic: ability sufficient to perform computations at least at the tenth grade level.
- Hearing: ability sufficient for physical and environmental monitoring.
- Visual: ability sufficient for accurate observation and assessment.
- Smell: ability sufficient to detect environmental and client odors.
- Physical strength/endurance: ability sufficient to perform full range of patient care activities.
- Motor Skills: ability sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
- Mobility: ability sufficient to move from room to room and within confined space.
- Tactile: ability sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment.
- Communication: ability sufficient for interaction with others, in both the verbal and written English language.
- Interpersonal skills: ability sufficient to interact with others.
- Identify cause-effect relationship; problem-solve; predict/evaluate outcomes; sequence information.
- Read written documents, graphs, policies, protocols, etc.
- Measure time; compute medication dosage; count rates; use measuring tools; add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers; compute fractions.
- Auscultate faint body sounds, voices; hear monitor alarms, emergency signals.
- Observe patient response/condition: distinguish color and color intensity; prepare medication; see graphs, and computer screens.
- Detect foul-smelling odors; detect smoke/gases.
- Stand for long periods of time at bedside; perform nursing care duties for entire shift; push/pull/support light and heavy objects; carry equipment; support patients in ambulation, turning, standing.
- Position patients; obtain specimens; calibrate instruments/ equipment; prepare and administer medication; reach and bend with ease; grasp small objects, write, fine motor skills.
- Move about in populated areas; twist, stoop, squat; move quickly, administer repetitive movements (CPR).
- Perform palpation; detect hot/cold; detect differences in skin surface; shapes and sizes.
- Teach; explain procedures; give oral report; speak on the telephone; document and interpret nursing actions and patient responses, and convey information through writing.
- Establish rapport with patient, family and coworkers; respect differences, negotiate interpersonal conflict, remain calm in crisis situations.
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Honors Admission Program
The Honors Admission Program at Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science is for high school students who apply by December 1 of their senior year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA, 25+ ACT or 1150+ SAT (Math and Reading only). Applicants may also be required to prepare an essay for competitive selection of candidates. The College may also extend eligibility to college transfer students who meet the high school criteria as well as a 3.2+ GPA for college coursework. Students admitted to the Honors Admission Program will have the opportunity for priority placement in nursing their first semester of college. The program also includes eligibility for additional scholarships. Eligibility for college transfer honors is dependent on available spacing. For information on how to apply, contact the Admissions office at (513) 862- 2743.
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Articulations and Partnerships
Loraine County Community College – LPN to RN
The LPN to RN articulation is offered to allow Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to advance their careers in nursing. The College follows the Ohio Articulation Model which affords the LPN an opportunity to earn all the pre-requisites and co-requisites of the program and enter at Nursing 201. Seats/entrance to Nursing 201 are offered on a space available basis. To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Meet the admission requirements for the program
- Present a valid LPN license
- Successfully complete the Transition Course
- Theory section of Transition Course (Nursing 101 transition to Registered Nurse) is offered online through Loraine County Community College in spring semester only. Student must apply to LCCC as a “non-degree” student (no application fee). Then notify the Assistant Director of Admissions of the non-degree application. Apply at www.lorainccc.edu
- The clinical section of the Transition Course will be offered in summer only at GSC, following the completion of the theory section.
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Chatfield Community College
This articulation agreement is designed to coordinate transfer policies, enhance advising, and promote the acceptance of the transfer of associate degree credit from the Chatfield College (CC) to Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science (GSC). Students who qualify are exempt from paying the GSC application fee. Students can transfer a maximum of 25 credit hours from Chatfield. Only credits from classes with a grade of C or better can be transferred. If you are a transfer student from Chatfield College, inquire with GSC Admission staff regarding this agreement.
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College Credit Plus (CCP) is an opportunity for high school students to simultaneously earn college credit and high school credit. By participating in Ohio’s CCP program, Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science (GSC) provide qualified students an exceptional opportunity to advance their college education prior to high school graduation by earning credit for GSC courses.
College Credit Plus Application Process
By March 1st, students should check with their high school to determine if their school is participating in College Credit Plus. Prior to March 30th, participating high schools are to provide an informational session.
Prior to March 1st - Apply for Admission at GSC online at https://www.gscsonisweb.com/studapp.cfm. Request official transcripts and test scores from your high school to be sent to Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science, 375 Dixmyth Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220.
- Must have at least a 2.5 Cumulative GPA and at least a 2.25 Core GPA (Math, Science, English, Social Studies) on a 4-point scale
- 18+ ACT Composite Score or 870+ SAT Score (Reading and Math Only)*
*If a student has not taken ACT or SAT,he/she must complete a college entrance exam.
April 1st – Download and complete the Intent to Participate form found on the state website and upload in the “Forms” section at https://www.ohiohighered.org/content/college_credit_plus_info_students_families. Email this completed form back to the Ohio Department of Education prior to April 1st.
- Receive GSC Letter of Admission if the following items are completed and you meet the criteria to be qualified to participate in CCP
- Online application prior to March 1st
- Official High School Transcript
- ACT or SAT scores
- Guidance Counselor Recommendation Letter
- Apply for CCP funding by creating Safe Account at the Ohio Department of Education https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal (private high school students only)
- You must upload a copy of your letter of admission electronically.
College Credit Plus (CCP) students must apply to the program each academic year they wish to participate.
For more information on the College Credit Plus Program, go to https://www.ohiohighered.org/content/college_credit_plus_info_students_families.
Assistant Director, Admissions and Financial Aid
Websites with Other Admission Information
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