Nursing  
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entrance requirements?

You must have a BSN (or a non-nursing bachelor's degree for the RN-to-MSN option) from a nationally accredited institution, have a 3.0 or greater undergraduate GPA, and be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse. If proof of English proficiency is required, a TOEFL score of 550 or higher is needed.

Can I go straight from the BSN degree into the master's program?

Yes! Many students progress directly into the MSN from the BSN while at Kramer School of Nursing.

How many hours are required to complete the degree?

The MSN with emphasis in Nursing Education is 33 credit hours in length. The MSN with emphasis in Nursing Leadership requires 6 hours of prerequisite courses, followed by 39 credit hours of coursework towards the degree. 

Every MSN student is also required to take a 3-credit-hour basic or general statistics course (no lab required) before enrolling in the Advanced Nursing Research course. This is a course requirement, not a barrier to entry into the program. Students who have not taken such a course may do so after starting the MSN program. If you’ve successfully taken that course in your undergraduate experience, that course will likely fulfill the course requirement.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

With full time study, the MSN with emphasis in Nursing Education can be completed in 18 months, and the MSN with emphasis in Nursing Leadership can be completed in approximately 24 months. At the graduate level, students are considered to be full time if they enroll in nine or more credit hours per semester.

How much does the degree cost?

For current tuition rates and fees, click here. Out-of-state students pay the same rate as in-state students. A laptop computer is required, but the university provides free systems software and upgrades related to educational requirements.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. The cost of the high quality education provided by Kramer School of Nursing need not stop a student from choosing Oklahoma City University. For more information, click here. OCU uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as a one-stop form by which students may apply for both federal and university-based scholarships. The FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Kramer School of Nursing also maintains a lengthy, though by no means complete, list of scholarship opportunities from private sources. Click here for that list. Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who take at least 6 credit hours per semester. Additionally, some of our students receive educational assistance from their employers. Federal Traineeships may be available as well.

Do you offer any online courses?

OCU values the face-to-face interaction by professors and students that cannot be replicated in an online environment. However, Kramer School of Nursing understands that online instruction is quickly becoming a part of nurses’ continuing education. Therefore, the majority of nursing courses are offered in a hybrid format.

When and where do classes meet?

Most of the MSN with emphasis in Nursing Education and Leadership courses meet between 2:00 PM and 9:00 PM on Thursdays in the Kramer School of Nursing buildings. 

What can I accomplish with an MSN that I can’t otherwise?

Having an MSN degree can help move you to the forefront for opportunities for growth and promotion. An MSN with emphasis in Nursing Education would allow one to develop, implement, and evaluate educational activities in various settings, including clinical staff education and nursing student education in academic settings. An MSN with emphasis in Nursing Administration prepares one for positions of middle management and executive leadership in health care facilities.

What are the professors like?

The faculty at Oklahoma City University is committed to each individual student’s success. Every nursing school professor teaching in the MSN program is a seasoned nursing professional and nurse educator holding a doctorate and/or master’s education with advanced post-master’s qualifications. The faculty's philosophy is to provide education based on adult learning theory that respects the student, values the experience and education already achieved, and fosters personal and professional growth of the nurse.

Can I go straight into the MSN program if I already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, and am a licensed RN?

Yes! Apply directly for admission to the MSN program. You will take three BSN level nursing courses in your first semester of the graduate program to bring you up to speed for the graduate level courses. The good news is, you do not have to take any undergraduate general education courses, since the general studies you completed for your first bachelor's dergee have satisfied those requirements. You will not receive a BSN degree, but as long as you have a graduate degree in nursing and the amount of clinical experience that may be required, you will be eligible for any nursing careers that require an MSN, including teaching in nursing schools. You will also be eligible to apply to doctoral programs.

Whom do I contact if I have more questions?

To learn more about how you can earn an MSN, email Shelley Cassada, Graduate Programs Specialist, at sdcassada@okcu.edu. You can also call (405) 208-5960 between 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Monday-Friday or leave a message anytime.

Elizableth Diener, PhD, RN, CPNP, Chair of Graduate Programs
Shelley Cassada, MS, Graduate Programs Specialist