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Applications open for expanded nursing bridge program at OSU-OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY – Licensed practical nurses and paramedics can become registered nurses in just three semesters through a new streamlined program at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.

The nursing bridge program is designed to allow LPNs and paramedics to continue working full time while earning their associate in applied science degree, said Penny Ridenour, health sciences division head.

Instruction is all online with in-person clinic and lab experiences scheduled on weekends. Smaller classes offer more personal attention, Ridenour said.

Students must apply by July 1 to be considered for the first cohort of 35 students. Classes will begin in the fall.

“It can definitely advance your career and your income,” Ridenour said.

RNs earn a beginning salary upwards of $50,000, and many employers are offering signing bonuses because of the ongoing shortage of nurses, she said.

Graduates of the nursing bridge program will be able to capitalize on the wider job availability and play a more prominent role in the healthcare decision-making process.

Learn more about the program and requirements for admission at