Bachelor of Science

Applied Health Science (Dual degree program with Mercy College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Nursing is a profession that draws you in, because of a desire to care, to serve and help others. It becomes a part of you, a passion and intensity, not just a job. TU and Mercy College of Ohio has partnered to bring classes to achieve your passion for helping others, with access to the top clinical sites and practicing medical professionals in the area – leading to great job prospects in a field that you love.

As a dual degree program with Mercy College of Ohio, students who want to have a residential and athletic experience during college can earn a degree that will allow them to sit for a registered nursing license.

Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. In fact, registered nurses are projected to generate approximately 711,900 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. The national annual wage for registered nurses ranges from $47,150 – $102,990, with the median wage being $68,450, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

By partnering with Mercy College, students will have access to top clinical sites and practicing medical professionals, leading to great job opportunities as they will most likely be able to obtain positions within Mercy Health. Dual credentials allow students to demonstrate to future employers that they have the foundational knowledge of allied health sciences to support their practice as a nurse.

The B.S. Applied Health Sciences and B.S.N. Pre-licensure program requires students to take classes at Tiffin University’s campus and Mercy College’s campus in Toledo.

  • The first three semesters’ classes will be on Tiffin University’s campus.
  • During the third semester, students will apply to Mercy College for the B.S.N. Pre-licensure program.
  • The fourth semester will feature clinicals at Mercy College and DEC classes will be taken online.
  • The fifth semester will consist of clinicals at hospitals, nursing homes, surgical sites, etc.
  • During the eighth semester, students will be spending much of the time in clinicals and preparing for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for RNs).

Tiffin University Courses – 64 credit hours

  • ENG 141 Introduction to Research and Academic Writing
  • BIO 215 Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing
  • BIO 216 Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing
  • MAT 181 College Algebra
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • ENG 142 Rhetoric and Academic Writing
  • MAT 273 Applied Statistics
  • BIO 373 Microbiology
  • BIO 373 Microbiology Lab
  • HFW 213 Principles of Human Nutrition
  • CHM 121 Basic Organic and Biochemistry
  • PSY 265 Lifespan Development
  • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
  • DEC 200 Explore
  • Social Science Elective at Mercy College
  • SOC 360 Multicultural Issues in Society
  • CUL 220 Religions of the World
  • COM 130 Introduction to Public Communication
  • DEC 100/250 Engage/Explore
  • DEC 300 Connect
  • CST 111 Digital Literacy
  • DEC 400 Impact
  • DEC 400L Portfolio

Mercy College of Ohio Courses – 65 credit hours

  • NUR 101 Introduction to Nursing
  • NUR 251 Concepts of Professional Nursing
  • NUR 252 Nursing Skills and Assessment
  • NUR 290 Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology
  • NUR 302 Professional Nursing I
  • NUR 303 Professional Nursing II
  • NUR 311 Pharmacology for Nursing I
  • NUR 312 Pharmacology for Nursing II
  • NUR 335 Population Health Concepts I
  • NUR 345 Population Health Concepts II
  • REL 290 Medical Ethics
  • NUR 380 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing Healthcare
  • NUR 402 Professional Nursing III
  • NUR 403 Professional Nursing IV
  • NUR 411 Pharmacology for Nursing III
  • NUR 413 Pharmacology for Nursing IV
  • NUR 435 Population Health Concepts III
  • NUR 445 Population Health Concepts IV
  • NUR 481 NCLEX-RN Preparation
  • Nursing Electives: Four (2) credit hour courses

At Tiffin University and Mercy College

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

The B.S. Applied Health Sciences and B.S.N. Pre-licensure program requires students to take classes at Tiffin University’s campus and Mercy College’s campus.

  • The first three semesters’ classes will be on Tiffin University’s campus.
  • During the third semester, students will apply to Mercy College for the B.S.N. Pre-licensure program.
  • The fourth semester will be in the skills lab at Mercy College and DEC classes will be taken online.
  • The fifth semester will consist of clinicals at hospitals, nursing homes, surgical sites, etc.
  • During the eighth semester, students will be working eight to twelve-hour clinicals and learning how to test for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for RNs).

There are no related concentrations available.

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (CHM121) - A lecture and laboratory course that focuses on organic chemistry, (hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, and amides), the structure and function of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins nucleic acids) and metabolism.

Anatomy and Physiology I for Health Sciences (BIO215) - This course is the study of the structure and function of the human body. It focuses on the fundamental concepts of body organization and cellular function. The structure, functions and terminology of the skeletal, muscular, integumentary and nervous systems are considered. Three-hour lecture and three contact hour laboratory. This course is part of a series of eight credit hours.

Introduction to Nursing (NUR101) - This course will prepare the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Prelicensure (BSN-P) student to take on the challenges of nursing school with a higher sense of awareness of expectations. It is designed to introduce the student to essential academic skills, the interpersonal and critical thinking skills required for success in nursing school, and the role of the professional nurse. Scholastic expectations required to complete the BSN-P program of study are introduced, as well as the investigation of the roles, functions, and professional expectations of the registered nurse at various levels. In addition to exploring the role of the professional nurse, core concepts include: a personal assessment of why the student is choosing nursing as a career, a learning style and study habits assessment, the use of the American Psychological Association (APA) style in writing scholarly papers, and the use of technology to access and submit course assignments.

Introduction to Critical Care Nursing (NUR245) - This elective course builds upon previously learned knowledge while building technical skills using critical thinking principles for the care of the high acuity adult patient. Participants will demonstrate an increased understanding and ability using the necessary technical skills related to high risk patients, assessment and interventions of the acutely ill patient through the use of classroom theory, case scenarios, and hands on simulation.

**The course descriptions provided describe the current Bachelor of Science curriculum at Mercy College of Ohio. Course titles and content may change.

  • Case Management Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Health Coach
  • Nursing Director
  • Nursing Manager
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Quality Assurance or Improvement Coordinator
  • School Nurse

This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years …

Faculty

Jamie Tooman
Jamie Tooman

Jamie Tooman

jamie.tooman@mercycollege.edu
419-251-1736

Assistant Professor, Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio

Degrees & Certificates
  • M.S., in Nursing, University of Phoenix
  • Master of Health Administration
  • B.S., in Nursing, Spring Arbor University

Jamie Tooman

Jamie Tooman is a licensed registered nurse with 18 years of experience in the acute care setting and the academic setting. Ms. Tooman is the Interim Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and an Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, a Master of Health Administration from and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Tooman’s area of clinical expertise is critical care nursing, nursing management and case management. She has served as an elected official on the Benton Carroll Salem local schools Board of Education for 10 years.

Jamie Tooman
Assistant Professor, Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio
Jamie Tooman
Assistant Professor, Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio
Elizabeth Sprunk
Elizabeth Sprunk

Elizabeth Sprunk, Ph.D.

elizabeth.sprunk@mercycollege.edu
419-251-1524

Professor, Dean of Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio

Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., in Nursing Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.S., in Nursing, Medical College of Ohio
  • B.S., in Nursing, Franklin University

Elizabeth Sprunk, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Sprunk is a licensed registered nurse with over 39 years of experience in health care practice and academic settings. Dr. Sprunk is the Dean of Nursing and Professor at Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Franklin University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Ohio, and a PhD in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Sprunk’s area of clinical expertise is medical-surgical and orthopedic nursing. In addition, Dr. Sprunk is certified by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. Dr. Sprunk serves as a program evaluator and evaluation review panel member for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Dr. Sprunk’s major research interest is academic incivility, with a specific focus on student and faculty incivility; the impact incivility has on students, faculty, and administrators; and prevention strategies and methods to manage incivility.

Elizabeth Sprunk, Ph.D.
Professor, Dean of Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio
Elizabeth Sprunk, Ph.D.
Professor, Dean of Nursing at Mercy College of Ohio
Dr. Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

SaboMS@tiffin.edu
419-448-5114

Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., University of South Florida
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

Dr. Sabo enjoys teaching at the college level and has over 20 years of experience in teaching traditional chemistry courses as well as non-traditional multidisciplinary courses such as Forensic Science, Caveman Chemistry, Consumer Applications of Chemistry, Marine Science, and Food Science.  He is very excited to be at Tiffin University and hopes his experience below will help students be empowered to value their education and become lifelong-learners, develop their maximum potential, and reach their career goals “ for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership and service” (Tiffin University Mission).

Dr. Sabo joined Tiffin University in August of 2014. He holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and a Ph. D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University.  For sixteen years before coming to Tiffin University, Dr. Sabo was at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, the Swink Professor for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, and Director of the Catawba Analytical Research Laboratory (CARL).  While at Catawba, Dr. Sabo spent many summers as a Visiting Scientist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA.  He helped develop and improve instrumental techniques used by the FBI and teach courses for domestic and international crime lab personnel.  From 1994 – 1998, Dr. Sabo served Assistant to the Director of the Center for Chemistry Education and Visiting Associate Professor at Miami University where he was responsible for faculty enhancement, curriculum and materials development, student enrichment programs, networking, and program evaluation in the area of chemical technology. From 1990 – 1994 he worked at Quantum Chemical Corporation to develop new analytical methodologies to solve a variety of industrial problems. During his time at Quantum Chemical, he served as industrial mentor and instructor for Miami University’s Partners for Terrific Science industrial/academic program.

Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
Dr. Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.
Dr. Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.

Jan Samoriski, Ph.D., RN, EMT-P

SamoriskiJH@tiffin.edu
419-448-3291

Professor of Communication

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., in Broadcast Journalism, Radford University
  • M.S., in Corporate and Professional Communication, Radford University
  • Ph.D., in Mass Communication, Bowling Green State University
  • A.S.N., Excelsior College

Jan Samoriski, Ph.D., RN, EMT-P

Dr. Jan Samoriski (Ph.D., RN, EMT-P) joined the Tiffin University faculty in 2006 after ten years at the University of Michigan - Dearborn where he taught electronic media and served as Communications Chair and Director of Communications Program. At Tiffin University Samoriski has held appointments as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Samoriski earned his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Radford University and worked as a television producer and director at NBC-TV affiliates in Virginia and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Science degree in Corporate and Professional Communication (Radford University), a Ph.D. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in telecommunications law and technology (Bowling Green State University) and an A.S.N in Nursing (Excelsior College). In addition to his academic degrees, Samoriski maintains certifications in Trauma Nursing (TNCC), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and NIH Stroke Certification.

Samoriski teaches across the communications curriculum in several areas, including oral communication, organizational, mass communication, electronic media, new media, social media, crisis and risk communication, media production and cyberspace law. He is author of numerous academic peer reviewed publications dealing with Internet issues pertaining to unsolicited commercial e-mail, electronic privacy, encryption, internet navigation, broadcast regulation and indecency and obscenity online. He is author of the first communication textbook to focus on cyberlaw, "Issues in cyberspace: Communication, Technology, Law and Society on the Internet Frontier,” (Allyn & Bacon, 2002). More recently, he published “Global Communication Law” in Global Communication (Roman & Littlefield, 2019) and “Encryption and Hacking: Cyphers, Hacks and Attacks on the Digital Frontier” in Reimagning Communication (Routledge, 2020).

Samoriski is a Registered Nurse (RN), Paramedic, Level II Firefighter, Master Scuba Driver and General Class Amateur Radio Operator. He has over 20-years of training and experience in emergency services and response (911), bioterrorism and hazardous materials.

As an RN, Samoriski has had assignments as a Travel Nurse and has worked at several regional hospital Emergency Departments. He is also active professionally as a freelance writer and communications consultant.

Jan Samoriski, Ph.D., RN, EMT-P
Professor of Communication
Jan Samoriski, Ph.D., RN, EMT-P
Professor of Communication

Testimonials

  • “There is always gonna be a little doubt in any person's mind when it comes to new things. But for me, I think proving people, who said I couldn't do it, wrong is my biggest motivation. There's really nothing that seems impossible to me anymore, the world is constantly changing and I feel like I am much more capable of adapting to those changes now compared to when I was walking on to TU's campus for the first time.”

    Alexandra Tozzie
    Class of 2018
    Louisville, Colorado

    Students in game room
  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

    "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”  – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016
  • “I was faced with the pressure of being the very first to graduate from college in my immediate family. Not coming from a wealthy or 'well off' background, college was just a very faint thought, even approaching my senior year in high school. I dealt with self-esteem issues throughout my high school career and I found it hard to see myself anywhere than where I was. My perceived challenges were rooted from me and my surrounding circumstances. Here at TU, I was able to overcome my fears and put myself in a position that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Becoming a Dragon was the best decision I have ever made.”

    Nellene Arnett
    Class of 2017
    Toledo, Ohio

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  • "I chose Tiffin University because I heard so many great things about it from other students. Now that I am here, I am very happy. TU has numerous resources on campus, such as the Pfeiffer Library and Student Success Center. These places offer assistance for all of my academic needs."

         - Ali Alshehri, Saudi Arabia

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • Omar Alfehri
    "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

    Omar Alfehri

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