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The Ohio State University Launches Its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Client Alert

In response to Ohio’s nursing shortage, The Ohio State University College of Nursing is accepting applications for its new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (aBSN). Created for students with a bachelor’s degree in non-nursing fields, the aBSN allows such students to obtain their nursing degree within 18 months. All aBSN students will participate in high-quality coursework and gain valuable clinical experience. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the State Board, National Council of Licensure Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). 

The program’s first cohort will commence this summer, with applications due by March 1. In addressing the program’s goals, the Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs in the College of Nursing, Wendy Bowles, stated that “[w]e know we can help the community through supporting more students becoming nurses and our practice partners are ready to provide great opportunities to grow these nurses to their highest potential. This is going to be a highly sought-after program, I’m sure.” Bowles further stated, “[t]here is a shortage in nursing. . . that’s where we can help.”

Ohio healthcare providers may greatly benefit from a program like OSU’s aBSN. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing suggests that the U.S. will face a nursing shortage through 2030. In addition to nursing shortages, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the U.S. “could see an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care.” 

Fighting against the continued shortage within the healthcare force, Ohio providers may seek those who have completed OSU’s aBSN to enter their healthcare community and successfully serve patients. OSU’s aBSN will allow healthcare providers to employ highly qualified individuals to improve care and access to it across Ohio communities. 

Should you have any questions about the content of this Client Alert, please contact BMD Healthcare Member Daphne Kackloudis at

Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Rule Changes: Part 2

New rule changes for Certification of Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA)

Board of Pharmacy Rule Changes

Board of Pharmacy made changes to rules effective on March 4, 2024

Counselor, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board Rule Changes

The Counselor, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board has proposed changes to the Ohio Administrative Code rules discussed below. The rules are scheduled for a public hearing on April 23, 2024, and public comments are due by this date. Please reach out to BMD Member Daphne Kackloudis for help preparing comments on these rules or for additional information.

Latest Batch of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Rules: What Providers Should Know

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board recently released several new rules and proposed amendments to existing rules over the past few months. A hearing for the new rules was held on February 16, 2024, but the Board has not yet finalized them.

Now in Effect: DOL Final Rule on Classification of Independent Contractors

Effective March 11, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted a new standard for the classification of employees versus independent contractors — a much anticipated update since the DOL issued its Final Rule on January 9, 2024, as previously discussed by BMD.  In brief, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) creates significant protections for workers related to minimum wage, overtime pay, and record-keeping requirements. That said, such protection only exists for employees. This can incentivize entities to classify workers as independent contractors; however, misclassification is risky and can be costly.