Second Bachelor's Degree Curriculum

Required General Education courses for nursing students are listed below. Students may not begin 3000-level nursing courses with more than 9 credit hours of these courses remaining. General Education courses are not required of students who already have an approved bachelor's degree in another field.

English Composition I (3 credit hours)
English Composition II (3)
Liberal Arts Seminar (3)*
United States History (3)
Methods of Scientific Inquiry (3)
Philosophy/Ethics (3) (must be one on a list of specified courses)
Introduction to Biblical Literature or World Religions (3)
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, College Algebra, or higher math (3) (statistics recommended)
American Government (3)
Arts course (3)
World Literature or Western Literature (3)
Foreign language (6 in the same language)
Enough electives to bring the grand total to at least 124 credit hours. Recommended electives:
      Introduction to Sociology (3)
      Principles of Microeconomics (3)
      A second math course from the list above (3)
      Public Speaking (3)

*Freshmen and transfer students who have fewer than 45 credit hours are required to take LAS 1063 within the first 12 months of attending OCU.  Transfer students with more than 45 credit hours must take an additional three hour course from the College of Arts and Sciences to meet this requirement. 

Other courses required of all students (with or without prior bachelor's degrees) that are prerequisites before starting 3000-level nursing courses:

Human Anatomy with a lab (3-5)*
Human Physiology (3-5)*
Microbiology with a lab (3-4)
Introduction to Psychology (3)
A college chemistry course with a lab, preferably introductory, general, or organic chemistry (4-5)

*A full semester of Human Anatomy with a lab and a full semester of Human Physiology may be substituted for Anatomy and Physiology I and and Anatomy and Physiology II. This option requires the substitution of both courses, not just one course. All science courses must be conducted in a live classroom and laboratory environment.  No online courses will be accepted for science prerequisites.

Nursing courses required of all Gateway students (56 credit hours):

Nutrition (3)
Health Assessment (3)
Foundations of Nursing (6)
Nursing Pharmacology (3)
Adult Health Nursing I (6)
Family Health Nursing (4)
Adult Health Nursing II (6)
Child Health Nursing (4)
Community Health Nursing (4)
Mental Health Nursing (4)
Nursing Research (3)
Critical Care Nursing (4)
Nursing Leadership (6)

Sequencing of nursing courses:

Before Health Assessment:

  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy (with lab) and Physiology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Psychology

Before or concurrent with Foundations of Nursing:

  • Health Assessment
  • Nursing Pharmacology

Before Adult Health Nursing I:

  • Nutrition
  • Foundations of Nursing

Before Adult Health Nursing II:

  • Adult Health Nursing I

Concurrent with or after Adult Health Nursing I:

  • Family Health Nursing
  • Child Health Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing

Before Nursing Research:

  • Foundations of Nursing

Before Critical Care Nursing:

  • Adult Health Nursing II

Before Nursing Leadership:

  • Nursing Research

In final graduation semester:

  • Nursing Leadership

To complete a self-evaluation of your previous coursework, please click here for a worksheet.

To see if a course you have taken elsewhere will transfer to Oklahoma City University, click here for the OCU equivalency matrix. These are courses that have already been approved as transferable to degree programs at OCU.

If you don’t see a course listed on the equivalency matrix, you may click here to submit course information to our online transfer evaluation site. Be sure to specify the Oklahoma City University course or requirement the transfer course might meet.

Typically, these evaluations can take two weeks, and perhaps longer during summer months. If you have difficulty with the transfer course equivalency matrix, please contact the Registrar's Office at (405) 208-5298.