The Panhandle Difference

The Panhandle Difference

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Oklahoma Panhandle State University offers a unique approach to supporting the educational needs of nurses in the state of Oklahoma. Graduate nurses and alumni from 15 institutions within the state of Oklahoma are eligible for the BSN Connection Scholarship.
The BSN Connection Scholarship is helping nurses in the state of Oklahoma complete personal, educational, and professional goals by providing a path to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through discounted tuition and fees. The scholarship pays the difference in the cost of tuition and fees from the college graduated from and the cost of tuition and fees at Panhandle State.
Scholarship applicants need to have graduated from a scholarship eligible institution with an Associate Degree in Nursing, have active and unrestricted licensure to practice as a registered nurse, be an Oklahoma resident, and complete 24 credit hours at Panhandle State during a 12-month period. Students can begin classes in the spring, summer, or fall semesters. An affordable program, both full-time and part-time options are offered allowing students to set their own pace. Panhandle State tuition and fees are discounted to reflect the current tuition and fee rate at the graduate’s pre-licensure program and institution rate. This is a significant cost savings for registered nurses in Oklahoma.
Panhandle State has a rich and successful history for supporting nurses over the past 20 years. The RN to BSN program at Panhandle State was founded in 1996 becoming one of the first nursing programs in the nation to offer all BSN nursing courses online. The program started with just four graduates and now boasts more than 400 graduates. This unique program focuses on the adult learner and does not require campus attendance. Graduates join the program from across the nation and help to bring new perspectives in nursing to the panhandle and state of Oklahoma. With graduates in California, New Jersey, and the Virgin Islands, students successfully complete the program while living in and outside of Oklahoma. The program is designed to meet the distinctive challenges that face busy, registered nurses balancing family, work, and outside obligations. Panhandle State’s RN to BSN program approaches education using a philosophy of caring and focus on adult learners. There are no campus attendance requirements and students are provided personalized care and attention from inquiry to graduation and beyond. Panhandle State recognizes, appreciates, and respects the need for professional nurses to balance family, work, and school.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
For more information, please contact Dr. Pamela Sandvig, Program Director at pamela.sandvig@opsu.edu

 

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