Eligibility Statement

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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.

Every student must pass background checks and drug screenings to enter clinical settings. Inability to meet these requirements will prevent the student from completing the program. Graduates must also meet the licensure requirements of the Board of Nursing in the state where the first license will be sought. Such requirements may include further background checks, investigations of felony convictions, and other measures related to public safety. If in doubt about your eligibility to receive a nursing license, contact the Board of Nursing for further information before proceeding with nursing school.

Eligibility Requirements by the State of Oklahoma for Registered Nurse Licensure

Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status. Applicants for practical nurse licensure must also hold a high school diploma or a graduate equivalency degree (G.E.D.) [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6]. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:

  1. A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
  2. A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
  3. Admission into the United States in refugee status;
  4. A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
  5. Approved deferred action status; or
  6. A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.

The Board has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6].


Because of the severe shortage of nurses, all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and qualifications are accepted. Kramer School of Nursing has no waiting list.

To declare nursing as a major, incoming freshmen and transfer students must simply be admitted to Oklahoma City University. Click here to apply for admission. Kramer School of Nursing has no separate application form.

To begin 3000-level nursing courses, you must meet all required eligibility qualifications and must comply fully with the deadline for a complete application (July 15 for fall semester and November 15 for spring semester). A complete application includes all of the following:

  1. University application form, completed in its entirety and submitted to the Office of Admissions
  2. 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.
  3. Verification of English language proficiency, received by the Intake Specialist at the Kramer School of Nursing

The only exception is for courses in progress during the term prior to starting nursing courses. Confirmation of the grades earned for those courses can be submitted after the application deadline, 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.

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.

Email Debbie Taber, Intake Specialist, at djtaber@okcu.edu or call (405) 208-5924 between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (or leave a message anytime) if you have any further questions or concerns.

Progression Process

All students must earn a "C" or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in each course required for the BSN degree.

In nursing courses, students must receive a minimal grade of 75% in theory, 75% in clinical application, and a passing grade in clinical performance to progress to the next clinical course.

Students must meet all graduation requirements to receive the BSN degree, to apply to take the NCLEX-RN, and to become eligible to apply for RN licensure.

Students may repeat only one nursing course. Failure to complete the repeated course with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better within two enrollments or failure of a second nursing course will result in dismissal from the nursing major.

Withdrawal from a nursing course after two-thirds of the course is over will be counted as one enrollment.

Minimum number of credit hours required for the BSN, if first bachelor’s degree: 124

Minimum number of credit hours required for the BSN, if second bachelor’s degree: 56 (See Gateway Curriculum for complete list.)