Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Whether your first or next career, you can become a nurse!
More opportunities for professional nurses exist now than ever, due to the worldwide shortage of Registered Nurses and expanding roles. Nurses work in all types of health care, business and service areas, and at all levels–giving bedside care, running their own practices, and being CEOs of large corporations. Your gateway into nursing is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), giving you eligibility for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.
No Waiting List, No Separate Application
Kramer School of Nursing does not keep you waiting to become a nurse. All qualified undergraduate nursing applicants are accepted and may begin coursework as soon as general education classes and prerequisites are complete.
Once you are admitted to OCU, no separate application to the nursing school is required. You are may attend the Student Nurses Association meetings, participate in nursing school activities, and have a nursing faculty advisor.
Design your own degree completion plan for your preferred pace and graduation date
Many nursing courses are offered every fall and spring semesters, and some are offered as summer courses. Choose:
- Part-time, if you have other full-time duties or prefer a more relaxed pace
- Full-time, at a standard pace with summers off, with time for extracurricular activities for that full college experience
- Accelerated, if you are a strong student who wants to finish your nursing courses in less than 18 months!
Whether earning your first college degree or changing careers, you may be able to start nurses courses right away.
- If you are earning your first college degree, simply complete OCU's general education requirements and the nursing prerequisites before your junior year.
- If you have completed an associate's of science degree from a regionally accredited institution and have taken a class which will transfer for our World Religions course, you have met our general education requirements.
- If you have a full undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution, you have completely met our general education requirements.
You can start nursing courses as soon as you have:
- A 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher
- A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in all science courses. All course attempt grades in all science courses will be calculated, not just the highest grade.
- Completed junior-level nursing course prerequisites including (number of hours): Human Anatomy with a lab (3-5)* Human Physiology (3-5)* Microbiology with a lab (3-4) Introduction to Psychology (3) College chemistry course with a lab, preferably introductory, general, or organic chemistry (4-5)
- English proficiency as outlined in the English Proficiency Policy for Admission to NURS Courses
- Not more than 6 credit hours of general education courses remaining before beginning 3000-level nursing courses.
- Spring 2018 and following: Minimum HESI exam composite score of 70
*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.
If you will be earning your first college degree, apply using the freshman application process.
If you already have an undergraduate or graduate degree and wish to earn a BSN, apply using the transfer application process.
Information about deadlines, course credit, and transcript evaluations can be found below. Classes begin every fall and spring semester. Please note that to declare nursing as a major, incoming freshmen and sophomores must be admitted to Oklahoma City University and not be on academic probation. Oklahoma City University students changing majors to nursing also must not be on academic probation.
For more information or to visit the Kramer School of Nursing, please contact Debbie Taber via email at email@example.com or by phone at (405) 208-5924.
To begin 3000-level nursing courses, you must meet all required eligibility qualifications and must comply fully with the deadline for a complete application - June 15, 2017, for fall 2017 classes and October 15, 2017, for spring 2018 classes.
Undergraduate students may engage in general education coursework in the summer if desired, though nursing coursework only starts in fall or spring. A complete application includes all of the following:
- University application form, completed in its entirety and submitted to the Office of Admissions
- Official, current transcripts of all college course work attempted sent directly from the institution where the courses were taken to the Transcript Coordinator at the Office of Admissions at Oklahoma City University. Transcripts delivered by the student in a sealed envelope will not be accepted.
- Verification of English language proficiency received by the Intake Specialist at Kramer School of Nursing
For more information, please contact Debbie Taber, Intake Specialist, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (405) 208-5924.
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 for OCU degree programs.
If you do not see a course listed on the equivalency matrix, you may submit course information to our online transfer evaluation site. Be sure to specify the Oklahoma City University course or requirement that the transfer course might meet. Please note that new users must create an account the first time they use the system. Returning users and current students can login here.
Course evaluations can typically take two weeks to complete 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.
To complete a self-evaluation of your previous coursework, click here for the two-page worksheet.
If you have questions regarding your transcript evaluation, please contact Debbie Taber, Intake Specialist, at email@example.com or (405) 208-5924.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) has granted Oklahoma City University full accreditation for its baccalaureate, master's, and advanced practice degrees. ACEN does not accredit PhD programs.
The ACEN requires nursing schools to publish the following data.