The RN-to-BSN program is for Registered Nurses who want to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
What makes the RN-to-BSN program a great choice?
Kramer School of Nursing is Oklahoma's most prestigious nursing school and has a strong reputation for quality education. Because there are no prerequisites, we offer the most streamlined completion process. Nurses may earn the 124 credit hours needed for a BSN this easily:
Because of our commitment to addressing the severe shortage of nurses with BSN degrees, all applicants who meet the admission requirements and eligibility criteria are accepted. The Kramer School of Nursing has no waiting list.
Don't live near Oklahoma City? Our professors go on the road, delivering the same personalized classroom experience to other communities. In August, we will offer classes at Duncan Regional Hospital in Duncan, OK. In January, we will offer classes at Mercy Hospital Ardmore, in Ardmore, OK.
Contact Odalie Wildes, RN-to-BSN Program Specialist, at (405) 208-5909 or email@example.com for more information about our RN-to BSN program.
Are you an RN with a bachelor's degree in another field? Contact Shelley Cassada, Graduate Program Specialist, at (405) 208-5960 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our RN-to-MSN option for nurses with non-nursing bachelor's degrees.
Here is how your prior accomplishments will help you earn a BSN at Oklahoma City University:
*Credit granted to RNs by Oklahoma City University for prior learning or portfolio credit will not be posted until their final BSN semester. None of these credits count toward the 30 credit hours of Oklahoma City University residency requirement.
Due to the strenuous nature of nursing and practice orientation of Oklahoma City University's Kramer School of Nursing program, the School reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any student to enroll or continue in the nursing program. This decision is based on considerations including, but not limited to, characteristics required of a professional nurse. Eligibility is determined by the faculty's evaluation of a student's ability to perform the skills necessary to complete the course objectives, and includes attitudinal and behavioral components. These elements are re-evaluated each semester.
Requirements for admission to the RN-to-BSN program:
To be considered for entry into the nursing program, the application process must be complete by the deadlines shown below. This includes application to the university received by the Office of Admissions, the most current official transcripts received by the university Transcript Coordinator, and all other relevant documents received by the relevant Kramer School of Nursing program specialist.
The only exception is for courses in progress during the summer term prior to an August start date or the fall semester prior to a January start date. Confirmation of the grades earned for those courses can be submitted after the deadline listed below, but must be received prior to beginning nursing classes. The only acceptable temporary confirmations are an unofficial transcript, a signed original letter on university letterhead from the course’s professor listing the grade for the designated course with the student’s name, or a copy of the grade report printed from the university’s system. To enroll in courses the second semester of the nursing program, an official transcript verifying those grades must be received.
The option of starting with the Spring semester is available only on the home campus.
To progress to each subsequent semester, the student must:
Start in August or in January!
First semester, first 8 weeks block:
NURS 4202 Professional Nursing
NURS 4403 Health Assessment
Second 8 weeks block:
NURS 4605 Community Health Nursing
Second semester, first 8 weeks block:
NURS 4503 Nursing Research
Second 8 weeks block:
NURS 4805 Nursing Leadership
The above list includes only the BSN level nursing courses. At least 12 credit hours of General Education courses are also required (or electives if all the General Education courses have already been taken). The General Education courses you would need to complete your BSN degree will depend on what you have already taken in college.
Most students can finish their full degree in as little as 9 months!
Contact Odalie Wildes at email@example.com. You can also call (405) 208-5909 between 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Monday-Friday or leave a message anytime to have your transcript evaluated to see what you would have left to take.
Why choose Oklahoma City University?
What we require for admission:
Here's the bottom line for what you need to finish your BSN:
TOTAL: 124 credit hours needed for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
*Portfolio credit can be earned for certifications (ACLS, PALS, CDE, SANE, CPR, RNC, and specialty certifications), continuing education, and credit for years worked as an RN!
For an easy transition into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, take a statistics course as an elective and finish your RN-to-BSN with a 3.0 or higher GPA. You'll be on your way to becoming a nursing professor or executive!
"I came to Oklahoma only for the purpose of attending this program. Everyone has been warm and welcoming, students and faculty alike and without exception. You are all outstanding representatives of this most outstanding state."
—Michael Evans, RN-to-BSN graduate
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call (405)208-5909 between 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Monday-Friday or leave a message anytime! Click here to apply to Oklahoma City University. No separate application needed to apply to the Kramer School of Nursing.
Is there a waiting list?
How long is the program?
Most RNs are able to complete the program in just two semesters (30 credit hours).
What does the program look like?
The RN-to-BSN program at Oklahoma City University consists of 124 credit hours. If you are a graduate of a nationally accredited nursing program and have an active RN license, you articulate directly into our program and are given 72 credit hours for your nursing degree or diploma and RN license. In addition, you can receive up to 22 credit hours for transfer courses that were not required for your first nursing degree and/or credit for certifications, RN work experience, and continuing education. The remaining 30 credit hours must be completed at Oklahoma City University.
Are there any prerequisite courses?
Are there any entrance exams?
Will I take any more math or science courses?
No. If you want to continue on into the master's degree program, you will need a statistics course.
Are there general education requirements above and beyond the 30 credit hours?
Not usually. Our program typically consists of 30 credit hours (18 credit hours of nursing and 12 credit hours of general education or elective courses). If you have not had humanities, for example, you will take a humanities course as part of your 12 credit hours of general education courses. If you meet the general education requirements, you are able to build your 12 credit hours around your areas of interest with elective courses.
How do I find out more about the program?
Schedule an appointment with Odalie Wildes, Program Specialist. Bring all transcripts, certifications (CPR, ACLS, etc), continuing education certificates, employer documentation of years of full time work experience, and other proof of any type of formal or work-related education you have achieved. An unofficial transcript is acceptable for this initial meeting to evaluate your status. If you do not live near Oklahoma City, this appointment can be conducted by telephone. For more information, contact Ms. Wildes at email@example.com or call (405)208-5909.
When are my classes?
Classes meet one half day per week. The nursing courses at the home campus are scheduled on Thursdays from either 8:30am-12:30pm or 2:00pm-6:00pm. Classes for the rural, off-campus sites are commonly held on Mondays. Please confirm class availability and schedule with Odalie Wildes, RN-to-BSN Program Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 208-5909. The nursing courses are offered in a classroom setting, and the general education courses are offered in flexible learning options such as online, weekend, or traditional formats.
How do I get admitted to the University?
Visit the OCU Admissions website. Click "Undergraduate" and follow the links for instructions and application. For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 208-5050 or 800-633-7242.
What are the admission requirements to the program?
You must be a graduate of a nationally accredited RN program and have an active RN license. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5, as well as a 550 TOEFL score if English is not your mother tongue.
What about transcripts?
Have transcripts sent directly to:
Oklahoma City University Admissions
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Note that official transcripts must come directly from the educational institution (including vocational schools) to Oklahoma City University and cannot pass through your hands, even if they are in a sealed envelope. Applications for admission and Financial Aid cannot be processed without official transcripts.
How do I get enrolled in the RN-to-BSN program?
Once accepted to the University, contact Odalie Wildes at email@example.com or call (405)208-5909 to complete your enrollment.
What is the cost of the program?
Our program pricing is comparable to other accelerated degree programs, especially when all factors are considered including tuition, fees, entrance exams, other required prerequisite courses, and length of program. RN-to-BSN tuition is approximately 50% LESS than standard undergraduate tuition at OCU. Click here for current RN-to-BSN tuition rates.
For more information, contact Odalie Wildes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405)208-5909.
Prof. Denise Burton, MS, RNC, CNE, Chair of RN-to-BSN Programs
Odalie Wildes, RN-to-BSN Program Specialist