Nursing  
Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Oklahoma City University?

  • No admission or placement test!
  • No math or science courses required
  • Finish in as little as 9 months
  • Nursing classes meet just one half day per week
  • Online or innovative option general education courses available
  • Comparable price
  • Small classes with individualized attention

What we require for admission:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Active U.S. RN license
  • English proficiency
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program

Here's the bottom line for what you need to finish your BSN:

  • 72 credit hours granted right off the top for an active U.S. RN license
  • 22 credit hours that can be in the form of transfer courses, portfolio* credit, and/or additional courses taken at Oklahoma City University
  • At least 30 credit hours at Oklahoma City University (18 credit hours of nursing courses and 12 credit hours of electives/general education courses)

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 owildes@okcu.edu. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is there a waiting list?

No.

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?

No.

Are there any entrance exams?

No.

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 owildes@okcu.edu 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 owildes@okcu.edu 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. Complete the application either online, or print the Transfer Application and mail it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Oklahoma City University, 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. 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
Transcript Coordinator
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 owildes@okcu.edu 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 (tuition, fees, entrance exams, prerequisite courses others require, and length of program). KSN tuition is the same as the university’s, but all RN-to-BSN students receive an automatic scholarship of considerable value.

For current university tuition rates, click here, but keep in mind that the RN-to-BSN scholarship is not reflected on that page. For more information, contact Odalie Wildes at owildes@okcu.edu or call (405)208-5909.

Prof. Denise Burton, MS, RNC, CNE, Chair of RN-to-BSN Programs
Odalie Wildes, RN-to-BSN Program Specialist