Frequently Asked Questions
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Why do I need to take general and related courses?
At OSU-Oklahoma City, you will earn an associate in applied science degree with a major in Nurse Science. The general and related courses required for this degree will assist in providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to care for your patients and their families. Certain general education courses also are required by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for anyone earning a college degree.
Will courses taken at other universities transfer to the OSU-OKC Nursing Program?
Some do. General education courses, such as English Composition and Psychology, will usually transfer if they are three-credit-hour courses. Science courses must be a minimum of four credit hours and must have a lab. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Course Equivalency Project website (https://www.okhighered.org/CourseSearch) allows you to review the content area charts or you can click the searchable CEP Database on that same page to determine equivalency. For courses that are not on the transfer guides, you must obtain a course description and submit it to the nursing department.
How long will it take to complete the Nursing Program?
The program is designed with a preliminary semester of general education and four semesters of nursing courses. It takes two years to complete the nursing coursework once admitted into the Nursing Program. However, due to the current competitiveness of admission into the Nurse Science Program, most students take 2-4 semesters of courses prior to being admitted into the Nursing Program.
Can I "Fast-Track" the nursing courses?
We do not have a "fast-track" program. Additionally, you cannot double up on the nursing courses because each course builds upon the previous course. Even if you have all of your support and related courses completed or have a degree in another field, it will still take two years to complete the core nursing courses.
How do you determine who is going to be accepted?
Admission to the Nursing Program is based upon a points system. You can review the points system at https://osuokc.edu/nursing/points.
What do I do if I am not accepted?
We recommend you meet with the Health Science Advisor. We have several other health-related programs that may be of interest.
How often does the Nursing Program admit students?
The OSU-Oklahoma City Nursing Program admits twice a year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester.
What are my chances of passing the State Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) after graduating from the OSU-OKC Nursing Program?
The NCLEX-RN Pass Rate at OSU-OKC is currently greater than the national and state average.
How do I apply?
- Be admitted to OSU-OKC.
- Have an active student account (OKEY) and can receive emails to your official okstate.edu email address.
- Have completed the required courses listed below.
- Have completed the Accuplacer or appropriate Career Ladder Mobility Exam.
- Complete the application
Both Career Ladder and Traditional applications are found at https://osuokc.edu/nursing/forms. The application, additional requirements, and all required materials are to be submitted together by their respective deadlines.
What are the pre-requisite courses?
In order to apply for the Nursing Program, you must have successfully completed CHEM 1154 or 1315, ENGL 1113, NSCI 1113, and PSYC 1113.
If you are an LPN or Paramedic, you must have successfully completed BIOL 2214, CHEM 1154 or 1315, ENGL 1113, NSCI 1113, PSYC 1113, and PSYC 2213 in order to apply.
What other courses are required?
For the traditional program, required courses that may be taken concurrently with the nursing courses are BIOL 2214, ENGL 1213, HIST 1483 or 1493, MCRO 2124, POLS 1113, PSIO 2314, and PSYC 2213.
For the LPN or paramedic, required courses that may be taken concurrently with the nursing courses are ENGL 1213, HIST 1483 or 1493, PSIO 2314, MCRO 2124, and POLS 1113.
I’m an LPN/Paramedic, how long is the program for me?
Once you’ve completed the pre-requisite courses, you will have three semesters of nursing courses. Your first course is NURS 1314. Upon successful completion of this course, you will progress into the next two semesters of the traditional program.
Once in the nursing program, what does the schedule look like?
In general, you will spend about five hours a week in class and 9 hours a week in labs/clinical/simulations. Our classes, labs, and simulations are during the day. Clinical experiences can be during the day or evening, based on clinical slot availability. When combined with the recommended 1-3 hours study per credit hour taken, one can expect to spend at least 25-30 hours a week on school-related work.