GSC is committed to assisting students on their path to a new career in health care. The College provides a wide variety of support services including admissions counseling, tutoring, advising, personal counseling, and student health, as well as activities that promote personal and professional growth.
A brief summary of the services available to students is listed below:
Counseling SAP Services
Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science provides comprehensive counseling services through partnership with TriHealth Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for students (i.e. “Student Assistance Program”) seeking personal guidance related to social, emotional, mental health, academic issues, etc. The purpose is to provide students overall support, advocacy, resources and counseling to facilitate personal problem-solving and decision-making.
Counseling is available to all students without charge. In addition to individual counseling, the program allows for group work and programs relating to the needs and interests of the students.
Students with specific, difficult to treat counseling needs, such as, eating disorders, substance abuse/addictions and other complicated needs will be referred to appropriate community professionals and/or resources.
Counselors are ethically and legally committed to confidentiality. The decision to seek counseling is a choice and is kept confidential. No information is released to others without consent, with the following exceptions:
- If someone is at risk for suicide.
- In situations where there is imminent danger and the risk of serious harm to others.
- If evidence suggests physical and/or sexual abuse of children or vulnerable adults.
- When mandated by court order or state/federal law.
Faculty are encouraged to make referrals for counseling by providing SAP contact information to students, or facilitating through contacting the SAP services hotline directly when the situation is warranted.
Faculty are to inform the student when a counseling referral is being made. Faculty should not make the referral until the student is aware of why they are being referred. The ultimate decision to seek counseling is up to the student and due to confidentiality, the counselor is unable to share information unless the student agrees that it is permitted.
Appointments (With or Without Referral)
Students may access counseling services with or without a referral 24/7 through e-mail or phone contact; or by stopping by any SAP service center during designated hours. Additional information regarding TriHealth EAP/SAP services, office locations, and contact information can be found here: http://www.trihealth.com/institutes-and-services/trihealth-corporate-health/CONCERN-Services/.
GSC emphasizes the importance of student health and well-being. Health evaluations and consultations are available through the TriHealth Team Member Health Service. This service is available for hospital-related illnesses or injuries. Students can be referred to a physician who meets their needs. Students must pay for medical care. Health insurance is highly recommended for all students. For more information on Student Health see the Student Health policy.
Student Success Center
A multi-media learning center offers a variety of audiovisual materials, equipment, and computers for classroom and individual use. Additionally, computers are located in all student lounges.
Student Advisory Council
Student Representatives serve on the Student Advisory Council. It is a standing committee of the College Assembly. Its purpose is to provide a vehicle for the student body representatives and College administration to communicate formally about relevant campus issues and concerns, ideas, and suggestions. The functions are:
- To provide an official channel of communication and cooperation between students and College administration.
- For the College administration to seek student input and share issues of mutual interest that include, but are not limited to, academic programs, non-curricular programs, student services, campus facilities, and policies and procedures with direct impact on students.
- Submit reports and recommendations to the President and to College Assembly and its respective standing committees as appropriate.
The Members are six at-large elected student representatives, Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Student and Alumni Services, Dean of Enrollment Management, Dean/Head Librarian, President (ex-officio non-voting) and Resource Persons as designated. This committee meets at least twice a semester or as often as needed.
The Student Organization promotes the general welfare of the student body. Through elected representation, interests and opinions of the student body are voiced, stimulating communication and cooperation between students and faculty. The Student Organization provides many leadership and community service opportunities for students. Student representatives also serve on faculty committees.
Advising and Academic Assistance - All Programs
Academic Advising is an important aspect of each student’s academic success. The student-centered model encompasses an assigned faculty member within their respective program upon enrollment. Members of the Faculty are appointed to assist students in the development of their educational plan, provide support, and encouragement as they progress through the college curriculum to graduation.
If a student encounters a problem that impacts their success in their course of study, they are encouraged to contact their academic advisor. The student’s academic advisor should assess the problem and, along with the Student Success Coordinator, help develop and implement a plan to overcome it, wherever possible.
Additional resources including, but not limited to peer mentors, tutors, Financial Aid, the Student Assistance Program, and 504 accommodations may be appropriate to resolve the issue(s) the student and academic advisor have identified as an impediment to success at the College.
Assessment testing is required as part of the admission application criteria for Associate degree programs. TEAS Test measures knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Critical Thinking skills are assessed by the Critical Thinking test from the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). GSC has partnered with the University of Cincinnati Testing Services department to offer these test for our applicants.