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The first nursing class from the nursing department at the University of Central Oklahoma graduated in 1972.  Since that time over 3500 well qualified graduate nurses have entered the workforce!  Graduates of this program are known for being some of the best nurses in the state of Oklahoma and around the nation, and the UCO Department of nursing is proud to continue this tradition.

Students interested in earning a degree in nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma now have multiple options for their education.  The core of the program is the traditional four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the two year Master of Science in Nursing.  Building on these options is the Career Advancement program for RNs who want to complete their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in nursing.

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Have a Question? Use this online COUNSELORS’ RESOURCE BOOK for answers and a full list of Oklahoma Public Colleges, Universities, Technical Branches, University Centers and Learning Sites throughout the state and OSRHE RESOURCES. This book includes admission requirements, admission standards, costs and information about financial aid and college assistance programs for students and parents.


Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Select topics below for helpful online resources with information to help you succeed in college!





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If you’re looking for a nursing school in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University’s nursing department could be the place for you. International and domestic rotations offer students a range of experiences not available at other nursing schools; Oklahoma Christian’s HonduraServe offers students the opportunity to work with Mission Predisan in Catacamas, Honduras. If you prefer staying closer to home, there are many choices for rotations in Oklahoma City, from one of the state’s largest hospitals to free clinics in downtown OKC. With the backing of one of the best science faculties in the state, there’s no limit to where graduates of the Oklahoma Christian nursing program can start their careers.

OC’s nursing program has the backing of the best science faculties and facilities in the state. 90% of OC graduates are accepted to medical schools when they meet the respective GPA and MCAT requirements.

A competitive field like health care requires an equally competitive nursing degree, and Oklahoma Christian has just that.

The B.S.N. degree at OC is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K. St. NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001.  (202) 887-6791 |

The School of Nursing, Oklahoma Christian University, is scheduled for an on-site accreditation visit on September 27-29, 2017, for continued accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As part of the evaluation process, we encourage you to submit comments to by September 6th.

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education

Attn: Third-Party Comments

655 K St. NW, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20001

The opportunity to submit third party comments related to OC’s nursing program will be open until September 6th, 2017.

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What I Can Do With My Degree

Oklahoma Christian nursing graduates take jobs in areas like nurse practitioner, clinical nursing, emergency, critical care, ICU, cardiology, home health care, hydrotherapy, neonatal, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, thoracics, transplants, and missions.







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Find Your Path To Get Started

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is preparing skilled, experienced advanced practice nurses who are increasing access to quality health care for people everywhere.  Just click the link below to find your path and get started.

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“Training to Succeed”

Pontotoc Technology Center (PTC) has a diverse economy with a large health community including Mercy Hospital Ada, Chickasaw Nation Health System and Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital.

Pontotoc also has a large mining sector with Holcim, US Silica, and Fairmount Minerals, a large manufacturing sector with Flex-N-Gate, Ram Jack, Leachco, GAMI and Dart Containers  and a large service industry with Chickasaw Nation, Legal Shield and IQOR. These diverse sectors are served in a rural setting.

PTC partners with the community to offer a variety of services to area employers. As a result of Ada’s efforts to create a law enforcement/public service industry, PTC has extended the school’s public service offerings to include fire service training using the state of the art Fire Training Center.

PTC’s Business Incubator has been very successful in starting new businesses such as Cammond Industry, Jobri Inc., and McGov.Com. Jobri Inc. was the International Incubator Client of the Year. Currently housed in our incubator are Lovera’s Cheeses.

PTC is also involved with the WorkKeys/Work Readiness Certificate program. This unique assessment will help students be prepared for available jobs and will help area employers select the best workforce available. PTC is the key to economic development and workforce development in the Pontotoc county area.

Secondary students living in the technology center district who attend a public, private, parochial, charter, or home school are eligible to attend tuition free.

District Population and Partner Schools

District population is 40,638 based on 2010 census data. School districts served include Ada, *Allen, Byng, Latta, Roff, Sasakwa, *Stonewall, Tupelo and Vanoss.

*Only portions of these school districts are members of the technology center district.

For Enrollment Information Please Contact:
Pontotoc Technology Center
601 W. 33rd, Ada, OK 74820
(580) 310-2260 — FAX (580) 310-2286

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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


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For more than 50 years now, Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City has produced some of the most sought-after nurses in the state.

That legacy continues with the school’s new RN to BSN program. OSU-OKC nursing students are even granted provisional acceptance to the program and receive full admission.

“One of the philosophies for the associate degree nursing program is to provide means for students to continue their education,” said Anna Nguyen, PhD, RN, department head of the OSU-OKC nurse science program. “Many of the hospitals now are seeking Magnet status which prefers bachelor’s graduates.

“Our program started in 1969 so we have a very solid and well established program. I believe we have a very solid program and on top of that OSU-OKC has a very positive reputation in the community for producing well-prepared graduates.

OSU-OKC is a community and technical college located in central Oklahoma City.  Each year, nearly 10,000 students attend OSU-OKC, seeking education as a pathway to a better life.

It is an urban campus, with a diverse student population. About half of the students are pursuing terminal degrees in a desire to move quickly into the workforce in technical positions, while the remainder are working on their basic coursework and will transfer to a four-year school in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.


OSU-OKC’s Nurse Science program is considered one of the pre-eminent programs at the university, and in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, with hundreds of students competing for admission into the program.

Of the students who successfully complete the program and the licensure exam, 100% find employment within six to nine months of graduating.

Nguyen says this high level of placement indicates the strong demand for healthcare jobs in this area, the quality and reputation of the institution’s nursing program, and that students in this field can quickly transition into a career when they complete their education.

The U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of registered nurses that is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2014-2024, Registered Nursing is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2024.

The Workforce Oklahoma Occupational Outlook 2018 report lists registered nurses as one of Oklahoma’s top five demand occupations with 1,260 average annual openings per year.

OSU-OKC’s Nurse Science graduates scored a 95.54% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in 2016.

The national average is 84.56% and the Oklahoma average is 83.78% during the same year.


The OSU-OKC Allied Health program is now positioned to support tremendous increases in both student enrollment numbers and graduation rates beginning with the next academic year.  Construction of the campus’s new, 45,000-square-foot Allied Health building is complete, and the facility contains state-of-the-art technologies that rival the best that Oklahoma educational institutions offer.

This unique facility, opened in 2016, established a best-in-industry Simulation Center which enhances educational opportunities for both new health profession students and experienced healthcare workers employed by local hospitals and clinics.

The new facility and Simulation Center are significantly larger in size with more manikins which are considered state-of-the-art technology.  The facility includes:

  • Five simulation suites that emulate clinical situations

  • Three medical/surgical suites

  • A labor and delivery suite

  • An emergency room/intensive care suite

  • Two patient exam rooms

  • Three debriefing rooms

  • A ten-bed skills practice lab for Nurse Science

  • An expanded ten-bed skills lab for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • Virtual IV and phlebotomy skills lab

  • Life-size “manikins” that can be programmed to provide a realistic replication of a clinical/emergency situation (and which the Hearst grant helped to purchase)

  • Multidimensional, flexible and adaptable space allowing for creative instructional deliveries

  • A 200-seat Auditorium

  • Space to facilitate the educational needs of the community for conferences and continuing medical education

  • Nutrition Science lab/classroom

  • State-of-the-art computerized technology and audio-visual capabilities throughout the building

The new facility has also facilitated a partnership with Variety Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that strives to make healthcare affordable and accessible for all patients.

This partnership provides outstanding educational opportunities for the students as well as support to the surrounding communities.

It has also resulted in the establishment of a Variety Care community health clinic on the first floor of the new facility. The clinic offers services to those who otherwise could not afford it and the families of the underrepresented students attending OSU-OKC.

As an added benefit, students are able to expand upon what they have learned at the Simulation Center by then participating directly in clinical learning and onsite service learning — a unique arrangement for both the student and nonprofit clinic.

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Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing offers a wide range of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, and has recently invested in a new simulation center.
In addition to a traditional bachelor of science in nursing program, KSN offers a path to a nursing career even if one’s first degree is in another field. Those who have an associate of arts or science degree from a regionally accredited institution and have taken a course equivalent to World Religions at OKCU, as well as those who have earned full undergraduate or graduate degrees, completely meet the university’s general education requirements. Students who choose accelerated coursework can complete a BSN in just 16 months.
The RN-BSN program honors working nurses by awarding them 94 credit hours for their RN licensure, certifications, and continuing education as they enter the program. No additional math or science courses, nursing exams, care plans, or clinical hours are required. RN-BSN students meet in person for just four hours per week and can complete their degrees in just two semesters. Not only are classes held at the Oklahoma City campus, but the RN-BSN faculty travel across the state as well. The program currently features classes at Mercy Hospital Ardmore and at Norman Regional Hospital.
Many students who complete their BSN at Kramer School of Nursing choose to stay and earn a graduate degree. In addition to a Master of Nursing (MSN) degree with emphasis in leadership or education, KSN offers a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) specialization. The CNL is a relatively new role which serves as advanced generalist and interdisciplinary team leader, particularly in complex healthcare organizations. Other graduate programs include Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) in which nurses with a BSN a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree in just four years of part-time study. A DNP-completion program with emphasis in administration or clinical specialization is also available, as well as post-master’s FNP and AGACNP certificates which help nurses transition between advanced practice fields. Advanced nursing programs also require advanced nurse educators, so KSN further offers PhD and BSN-PhD programs.
The school recently completed a $1 million renovation to create the new Meinders Simulation Center. Designed to look and feel as close as possible to an actual hospital, the facility features seven high-fidelity simulators which are used to provide enhanced educational experiences to students. The manikins create extremely life-like behaviors and reactions including pulse, breathing, pupil dilation, internal sounds, and vocal sounds which can present a wide range of normal and abnormal pediatric, obstetric, medical/surgical, and intensive care scenarios. The manikins can also be manipulated during a simulation exercise to demonstrate reactions to medication or other interventions. Undergraduate and graduate students will use the simulation center during their courses of study.
More information about Kramer School of Nursing can be found at or by calling (405) 208-5900.

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Last year, Redlands Community College graduated 25 nurses.
As Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, Rose Marie Smith, RN, MS, CNE oversaw the education of every single one.
There’s no doubt in her mind that each will be successful in whatever setting they may choose.
Smith says Redlands’ focus is always on the individual.
Quite simply, it’s success by design.
“We feel it’s the best because I truly believe (students) get a lot more clinical opportunities because we know the people,” she said. “We know who needs what and we’re there kind of guiding and pushing them to get to the learning experiences. They can’t just hide in the numbers.”
This May, Redlands is expecting its largest graduating class in 15 years. That could be as high as 38.
Closing in a quarter century of nursing education, Smith smiles when she sees former students. The administrator of Kingfisher Hospital is a Redlands graduate. The director of the Canadian County LPN program is a Redlands graduate. The director of the Carnegie Hospital is a Redlands graduate.
“You see how long I’ve been in nursing education and it blesses my heart,” she said. “Our graduates take care of patients and do well but they also go on.”
Last year, Redlands partnered with Oklahoma Panhandle State University and their RN-BSN online program. Any graduate of Redlands can enroll in the program at the Redlands tuition rate.
“And we’re one of the lowest tuitions in the state of Oklahoma,” Smith said. “Because our graduates are so successful they are courted if you will. Directors seek them out. I just feel proud when I walk around and see graduates caring for patients and graduates in administration.”
Smith first began her career at Redlands in 1985 as faculty. She progressed through team leader and director of nursing program roles before stepping away in 2006.
She helped lead two other nursing programs in that time before coming back home in 2015 to Redlands.
She wanted to make the Redlands experience unique for each individual and that begins by investing time.
Community support is huge in Canadian County for the school and vice versa.
The Canadian County Health Department has requested Redlands students work with their OB nurse practitioner.
Students have adopted a mission in El Reno treating recently released inmates and recovering drug and alcohol addicts. Students serve in the twice-monthly, bilingual health clinic
“Our students get a wealth of experience,” Smith said. “We screen and provide health care advice, teaching and things they’ve never really had in their life before.”
Redlands students also go into local schools to help teach pediatric curriculum.
“Our students get opportunities to not only learn public speaking but also teaching at appropriate grade levels,” Smith said. “The students carry those experiences with them in life. Those are tools they can use, soft skills if you will.”
Some students drive nearly an hour and a half from rural, Western Oklahoma to attend Redlands.
There’s a definite investment.
“We have rural students who graduate and return to rural areas and with the demographics of Oklahoma changing we wanted to provide them with equipment to contributors to their cities, towns and counties,” Smith said.
Bed transfers and feeding skills are taught down the street at a local five-star long-term care facility.
“We do a lot more live learning labs to learn how to care for that population as well,” said Smith, who notes Redlands nursing students also help with annual flu vaccinations for the entire campus . “We don’t just stop at the classroom we try to engage them throughout their education.”
Redlands admits students one time each year to the traditional day program. LPN to RN admission occurs for a handful of individuals in the spring.
“What we do really well is student first, smaller classes with master’s prepared faculty,” Smith said.
The program threads theory and simulation together to help build understanding of the specific content being taught.
Simulations enhance student understanding, build confidence prior to clinical as to what to do, say, and provide appropriate interventions for patients.
Redlands Nursing Program graduated its first class in 1981. The program is a two-year nursing program with new classes beginning in the fall of every year.
Students graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree and, upon graduation, are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse.
Redlands also offers options for LPNs attending the nursing program. LPNs with one year of experience are given credit for Fundamentals of Nursing.

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