Pre-Nursing Most Frequently Asked Questions
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 will assure that you meet the requirements of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for earning a college degree.
Will courses taken at other universities transfer to the OSU-OKC Nursing Program?
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. Check the Course Equivalency Transfer Guides in the Nursing Office. If the science courses you took are not on the transfer guides you must obtain a course description and submit it to the nursing department. You may also log onto the following website to check course equivalency: http://www.okhighered.org/artic/mainmen.html
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?
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 Nursing Program.
How do you determine who is going to be accepted?
Admission to the Nursing Program is based upon a points system utilizing the following criteria:
- Retention GPA (grade point average)
- College hours completed that are required for this degree
- HESI Admission Assessment examination score
The higher your GPA, the more courses you complete that are required for the nursing degree and the higher your HESI score, the greater your chances are of getting accepted.
What do I do if I am not accepted?
We recommend you meet with the Health Science Advisor.
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?
What are the pre-requisite courses?
In order to apply for the Nursing Program, you must have successfully completed NSCI 1113, ENGL 1113, PSYC 1113, CHEM 1154 or 1315.
If you are an LPN or paramedic, you must have successfully completed NSCI 1113, ENGL 1113, PSYC 1113, PSYC 2213, CHEM 1154 or 1315, and BIOL 2214 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 ENGL 1213, HIST 1483 or 1493, POLS 1113, PSYC 2213, BIOL 2214, MCRO 2124, and PSIO 2314.
For the LPN or paramedic, required courses that may be taken concurrently with the nursing courses are PSIO 2314, ENGL 1213, MCRO 2124, POLS 1113, and HIST 1483 or 1493.
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.
What does the HESI A2 test include and how can I prepare for it?
The HESI Admission Assessment (A2) includes chemistry, math and reading comprehension. The minimum requirement for application is a score of 75%. A study guide is available at the OSU-OKC Library.
How often can I take the HESI?
The HESI test may be taken only once per application period. The test scores are valid for one year. Testing dates are during the month of February (for fall admission) and September (for spring admission).
How do I register to take the HESI A2?
The HESI A2 test requires a testing fee. Students must pay the fee in the Business Services Office, then bring the receipt to the Testing & Assessment Center and schedule an appointment. If the appointment must be canceled or rescheduled, the student must call the Testing & Assessment Center at 405.945.8648 before the scheduled test time.