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.
Nursing courses required of all Gateway students (56 credit hours):
NURS 2403 Nutrition (3)
NURS 3003 Health Assessment (3)
NURS 3006 Foundations of Nursing (6)
NURS 3103 Nursing Pharmacology (3)
NURS 3306 Adult Health Nursing I (6)
NURS 3504 Family Health Nursing (4)
NURS 3706 Adult Health Nursing II (6)
NURS 3904 Child Health Nursing (4)
NURS 4104 Community Health Nursing (4)
NURS 4304 Mental Health Nursing (4)
NURS 4503 Nursing Research (3)
NURS 4704 Critical Care Nursing (4)
NURS 4906 Nursing Leadership (6)
Sequencing of nursing courses:
Before Health Assessment:
Before or concurrent with Foundations of Nursing:
Before Adult Health Nursing I:
Before Adult Health Nursing II:
Concurrent with or after Adult Health Nursing I:
Before Nursing Research:
Before Critical Care Nursing:
Before Nursing Leadership:
In final graduation semester:
To complete a self-evaluation of your previous coursework, 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.