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APPLICATION NOTICE

Due to the coronavirus concerns, the application deadline for traditional students has been extended to June 1. Nurse science applications may be submitted via email to okc.nursing@okstate.edu or mailed, attention to Nurse Science, 900 N Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, 73107.

 

HESI Admission Exam Notice

The OSU-OKC Nursing Department has decided to waive the HESI admission exam requirement for ALL applicants to the LPN/Para to RN and the traditional track for Fall admission (June 1 application deadline).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

While I appreciate that this is a departure from normal, we are making the best decisions we can about minimizing the disruption to our normal application process and trying to be as fair and objective as possible. With that, here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

When can I apply?

  • Traditional Program Application Period: February 1 to April 1 EXTENDED TO JUNE 1
  • LPN/Para to RN Program Application Period: June 1 to July 31- Please do not send applications until the period begins.

Why are you changing the deadline and requirements at the last minute?

  • The COVID-19 situation has caused the entire country to review and revise existing plans. We are no different. When this first started, we believed that just pushing back the deadline would be sufficient and give time for things to settle. However, the situation and guidance from the CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Health quickly morphed into the circumstances we are faced with today. Our moving the deadline and waiving the HESI testing requirements are some of the best ways we can help mitigate this unique time in history.

How do we determine who will be accepted?

  • Acceptance is based on those receiving the highest the total points earned, followed by those remaining with the highest points, and so on, until we reach maximum class size. Each semester the range of points varies, so there is no way to give a specific answer to the minimum number of points required for acceptance.

You are waiving the HESI requirement and I already completed the HESI test. What does that mean for me? Can I get a refund?

  • Your HESI scores may be a factor in determining acceptance. Scores received after April 1 will not be accepted.
  • We are unable to provide a refund to students who had already taken their HESI exam in preparation for this application period.

What about a "P" grade? How will that impact my ability to apply and be accepted?

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education encourages students to work hard in their coursework and attain the best letter grade possible. Furthermore, they caution students opting for a "P" grade, as it might adversely impact scholarship, future educational plans, etc.
  • OSU-OKC, as a campus, has opted to accept a "P" grade as a successful completion of a course.
  • When we calculate your points, a "P" will earn the same number of points as a "C".
  • We do not know how RN-BSN programs or graduate programs will view a "P", so please discuss this with advising at your future higher education institutions.

Professional Communications

  • As a future healthcare professional, it is important that you begin to understand how to communicate in times of high stress. This will become easier as you go through the program and, ultimately, spend time in your chosen area and as you become more familiar/comfortable with that environment.
  • We have had several applicants respond to this evolving situation in less-than-professional manner. We appreciate that you are trying to enter a profession that might be something you've always wanted to do, something you want to do to better yourself, or something to allow you to better provide for your family. We understand how important this is, as we have all been in a similar situation - sitting by the mailbox waiting for an application letter. As this is a stressful time for all of us, we would encourage you to use our Call SAM (Student Assistance by Mercy) line at 1-855-225-2726 if you find yourself at a place where you are anxious, stressed, or depressed. This is a free 24-hour call center staffed with counselors who will assist you in getting the help you need. It is all confidential.

How will I know if I am accepted or not?

  • We will be sending standard form letters indicating whether you were or were not accepted.
  • If you were accepted, it will come with additional information in preparation for beginning in the Fall semester.
  • If you were not accepted, it will only state that you were not accepted. Given the unique nature of this application period and that we will be doing a lot of the work electronically, we will not be able to provide detailed information on why your application was not accepted. We apologize, in advance, for any inconvenience.

We hope that you appreciate that we are doing all we can to make this as fair and objective as possible, while navigating the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation. As things change on campus, please visit https://osuokc.edu/safety. For updates related to the program and this application period, please visit this page.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the OSU-Oklahoma City Nursing Program is to provide a quality associate degree education that prepares a diverse student body for registered nurse licensure that will enable them to succeed in a global society and life-long learning.

About the Nurse Science Program

The Nurse Science Department offers a program of study leading to an associate in applied science degree. The Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), and approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse licensure (NCLEX-RN). The course of study is a 72-credit hour program, which includes classroom and laboratory instruction on campus, as well as supervised clinical experience at affiliating health agencies.

OSU-OKC Nurse Science Department offers the following options:

  • Traditional pathway:  The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) prepares students to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN).  This option is for those who wish to earn their first associate degree, as well as those who wish to change careers.
  • Transition pathway:  The LPN to RN and Paramedic to RN pathways prepare licensed practical nurses and paramedics to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Why pursue the LPN or Paramedic to RN pathway?

  • Increase earning potential
  • Capitalize on wider job availability
  • Learn the theory and critical-thinking skills needed to thrive as an RN
  • Play a more prominent role in the healthcare decision-making process

Degree Sheet(s)

Degree Sheet (PDF)Nurse Science A.A.S.

Degree Sheet (PDF)LPN/Paramedic to RN A.A.S.

For more information contact:

Division of Health Sciences
Allied Health Building
900 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 945-3210
health.sciences@osuokc.edu

Approved by:

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 962-1800
nursing.ok.gov

Accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
P. (404) 975-5000 | F. (404) 975-5020
info@acenursing.org | www.acenursing.org