Frequently Asked Questions
No. Kramer School of Nursing accepts all applicants who meet the criteria for admission to Oklahoma City University. Students are nursing majors and have nursing faculty advisors from the outset. Students start 3000-level nursing courses without a separate application if all the prerequisite courses have been taken with minimum grades earned, all general education courses have been taken except for 6 credit hours, earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, English proficiency has been approved, and all expectations listed in the Eligibility Statement have been met.
As many students are accepted as qualify.
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 attempted or completed college course work 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 the Kramer School of Nursing
No. The application to the university is the only application that needs to be completed. You are automatically a nursing student as soon as you are accepted to the university. You are assigned a nursing professor as your academic advisor, are welcome to participate in all KSN activities,and are a welcome to attend Student Nurses Association meetings. You proceed directly into nursing courses at the 3000-level with no additional application as long as you have a 3.0 or higher GPA, a science GPA of 2.5, English proficiency has been approved, and have taken the prerequisite courses.
Maintain contact with the Intake Specialist at least twice a semester to give an update on your progress regarding completed courses, current enrollment, and future courses. Provide proof of enrollment to your specialist for all classes in which you are currently enrolled. As soon as you have completed each course during the semester prior to the one in which you plan to begin nursing courses, give the Intake Specialist a letter from the professor stating your final grade because official transcripts may not be available as quickly as desired. Request an official transcript be sent to OCU as soon as the grades have been posted.
No. To be considered official, the transcript must be mailed directly from one institution to the other. We can begin processing your application with unofficial transcripts, but to be admitted, we must receive official transcripts from all institutions you have attended. Have them sent directly to the Transcript Coordinator, Office of Admissions, Oklahoma City University, 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.
Students must complete all nursing prerequisites and all but 6 credit hours of general education courses prior to entering the 3000-level of the nursing program. All required course work must be satisfactorily completed for graduation eligibility.
To complete a self-evaluation of your previous coursework, please click here for a two-page worksheet. To see if a course you have taken elsewhere will transfer to Oklahoma City University, click here. If you don’t 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 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, call the Registrar’s Office at (405) 208-5298. The program specialist can also help you with this process.
The Intake Specialist can tell you if the course you are considering taking will meet the requirement. Please ask if you are in doubt before taking a course, as some may be lacking a critical component.
The Intake Specialist can evaluate transcripts following admission to the university. All documents, including application, test scores, and transcripts, should be supplied to admissions.
Once students have been admitted to the university, evaluations generally take one to four weeks depending on the time of year and number of students applying.
Maintain contact with the Admissions office or the Intake Specialist at least every other week throughout the application process, to assure that official transcripts have arrived and all requirements are in place. You can be told by phone if you have been admitted, but you will also receive a letter in the mail. Depending on how quickly your transcripts and other requirements arrive, the admission process can take just a few days to several weeks.
Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree typically takes four years attending full-time with summers off; three years taking classes part-time, once you start the 3000-level nursing courses; or 16 months by pursing the accelerated option.
KSN tuition for the BSN courses is the same as the university’s. Out-of-state students pay the same rate as in-state students. For current tuition rates, click here for the Office of Financial Aid. Students taking nursing courses will have a few other expenses, including clinical fees, scrubs, background checks, and so forth. The Intake Specialist can give you a current list, as well as information about immunizations you will need. A laptop computer is required, but the university provides free systems software and upgrades to meet our requirements. The cost of the high-quality education provided by Kramer School of Nursing need not stop a student from choosing Oklahoma City University. Almost every student receives financial aid. For more information, click here.
Please note that students pursuing a second Bachelor's degree should be aware of Financial Aid restrictions for courses taken in summer semesters. Students pursuing a second Bachelor's degree may also have less funding available based on prior use of financial resources. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for questions and detailed information.
Students may begin nursing classes in the fall or spring, but only if course prerequisites are completed.
Students complete clinicals in many different locations around the Oklahoma City area. Agencies can include large and rural hospitals, long-term care, acute care, specialty hospitals, community clinics, hospice, public schools, volunteer clinics, city shelters, and more, depending on the course and where the relevant patient care experiences can be found.
Clinicals are usually one or two 9-hour days per week on Thursdays and Fridays, typically during day hours, depending on the course. In the final semester of the degree, the student works the same shift as the preceptor, including a few night shifts or weekend hours, as arranged with the preceptor.
Classes usually meet on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, with clinical experiences on Thursday and/or Friday.
While all nursing courses have online resources for each class, no undergraduate course is exclusively online. All courses meet for the full schedule of regular in-person classes.
Yes. You may choose to attend full-time or part-time, and can adjust those schedules according to your needs and availability of classes.
It depends upon the pace of your coursework. Those attending on a part-time or a traditional full-time basis may successfully balance work along with their studies. However, those engaged in mostly accelerated coursework will likely find working more than approximately 10 hours per week extremely challenging.
The NCLEX-RN is the nationally standardized examination taken to obtain a Registered Nurse license. While graduates can take the examination as many times as needed, pass rates are calculated only on the first attempt. The Oklahoma Board of Nursing publishes pass rates for all schools in state, listed alphabetically. Those rates are available here.
KSN does not have a program exclusively for LPNs, although they are welcome to enter the program as freshmen. Since practical nursing education does not typically grant college credit, LPNs may find it faster to attend an accredited associate degree program in nursing in which college credit for the LPN may be granted, then attend Kramer School of Nursing’s RN-to-BSN program.
In addition to textbooks, you will need a laptop computer, uniforms comprised of one or two sets of scrubs and white shoes, a basic model stethoscope, and a watch that shows seconds. Lab coats are optional. Some students choose to wear long-sleeved white T-shirts under scrubs. You will need the laptop computer before starting 3000-level nursing courses, but the other items can wait until you receive information about them early in the relevant course.
Please contact Debbie Taber, Intake Specialist, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (405) 208-5924.