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Dean, Kramer School of Nursing

About the Kramer School of Nursing

The Kramer School of Nursing first opened its doors on the Oklahoma City University campus in 1981. Named the No. 1 private nursing school in Oklahoma by Nursing Schools Almanac and recognized in the top 15 nursing schools in the southwest region, the school offers a range of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs taught by faculty members who are experienced nurses, many of whom are doctorally prepared and/or Certified Nurse Educators. Dedicated staff and committed community leaders work in tandem to ensure the school is a learning environment that allows students to advance their careers.

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on campus and online, and an online Master of Science in Nursing. Registered nurses can also pursue an RN-BSN or RN-MSN. Students can earn post-master’s certificates in Nursing Education and Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students may also earn a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner through the BSN-DNP program. Also offered are post master’s Doctor of Nursing and Ph.D. in Nursing degree programs.

At Kramer, we foster a learning environment where students are challenged to think critically and holistically – encouraging them to use their passion and knowledge to advance the profession of nursing. From the undergraduate student taking pre-nursing general education courses, to the doctorate student working on cutting-edge research, Kramer School of Nursing has a host of opportunities for any level of nursing.

There are a range of nursing-specific student organizations within the Kramer School of Nursing offered to nursing students to build connections, learning opportunities, networking and community. Examples of these clubs include the Black Student Nurses Association, International Nursing Students Association, Nurses Christian Fellowship, Student Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau.

There are KSN-specific scholarships available for qualifying students such as the Kramer Way Scholarship for new MSN students, and the Buchanan Scholarship for eligible nurse practitioner students.

The Kramer School of Nursing now occupies two buildings on campus – KSN West and KSN East, the newer building. The KSN East building project cost approximately $8.5 million, most of which was raised through grants and private donations. It celebrated its grand opening in 2011 and was finished out the following year. It is a 50,000 square-foot, three-story building with classrooms of various configurations, labs, offices and lounges.

The state-of-the-art Meinders Simulation Center, opened in 2017 in the original and renovated KSN West building, features seven fully-equipped simulated hospital rooms, each with anatomically-correct simulation manikins ranging from newborns to adults. The manikins are used to present patient medical scenarios which prepare students for real-life situations without risking harm to humans. Each simulation manikin is assigned medical histories, and students may administer critical treatments and medications to which the manikins will respond.

About Oklahoma City University

Established in 1904, Oklahoma City University (OCU) is a coeducational, urban private university that occupies 104 park-like acres in the heart of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with The United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in liberal arts, performing arts, health sciences, and business, with more than 70 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate degrees, as well as a J.D. degree through the Oklahoma City University School of Law. OCU enrolls more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students from 46 states and 43 countries. To learn more, https://www.okcu.edu/

OCU Accolades

  • Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" list multiple years.
  • Ranked #28 in the Regional Universities West category by U.S. News & World Report “2019 Best Colleges” edition.
  • Consistently ranked as a top-tier, master's-level university by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Listed in Forbes magazine’s “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys.”
  • Made the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA list more than once.

Mission

Oklahoma City University prepares all learners to Create, Lead, and Serve. OCU provides a diverse, inclusive culture committed to producing graduates who think critically and innovatively, communicate effectively, and use their knowledge and talents to make a local and global impact.

Oklahoma City University is committed to an education that:

  • Provides students with the skills and confidence to adapt to and excel in a complex and dynamic world.
  • Invests continually in its students, staff, faculty, alumni, and programming to enrich academic and co-curricular offerings.
  • Fosters partnerships within and beyond the university to enrich lifelong learning.
  • Develops informed global citizens ready to engage with their communities and contribute to the world.
  • Develops graduates who are ethical, highly employable professionals.
  • Honors its United Methodist history and tradition of scholarship and service.

Vision

Oklahoma City University will be an innovative academic institution with local impact and global reach and reputation. By providing a student-focused learning environment and an inclusive, values-centered culture that engages the community and the world, Oklahoma City University will be a university of choice for talented and high-potential students, faculty, and staff.

OCU Core Values

Integrity: We hold ourselves and each other accountable to do the right thing in all circumstances.

Respect: We honor the worth of all by treating ourselves and others with dignity and kindness.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We strive to understand and embrace our differences. We take purposeful action to foster a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

Collaboration: We intentionally pursue our common goals with a genuine spirit of community.

United Methodist Affiliation

While the university is affiliated with The United Methodist Church, the university’s government and management are vested in its independent, self-perpetuating board of trustees. The university bylaws provide for an executive committee, the members of which include the chairperson and the vice chairperson of the board, the treasurer of the university, the resident Bishop for the Oklahoma Area of the United Methodist Church, and the chairs of certain standing trustee committees. The current board of trustee membership may be viewed here.

University Strategic Goals

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the university’s strategic planning leadership team engaged in a collaborative and participatory strategic planning process to develop measurable tactics for each approved strategic focus area, with the goal of moving the university forward toward the year 2023. President Evans, appointed in 2021, has indicated the university will undertake a comprehensive strategic planning process beginning in 2022.

Accreditation

The Kramer School of Nursing is fully accredited for its undergraduate and graduate degrees. Accrediting bodies include: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN), Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). To learn more about the accrediting bodies and additional information visit the Kramer School of Nursing Accreditation & Approvals website.

Leadership

Dr. Kenneth R. Evans was appointed the 19th president of Oklahoma City University on July 1, 2021 after serving as president of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, for eight years and as dean of the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma for six years.

Dr. Evans holds a doctorate from the University of Colorado; a master of business administration degree from California State University-Sacramento; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Davis. His research has been published in marketing and business academic journals and he has received national and international recognition for his contributions. Evans has been recognized for his work in the design and implementation of interactive learning experiences and graduate education.

The president reports to the board of trustees. OCU has a 46-member board led by chairperson Paul McLaughlin. View a full list of university trustees.

Dr. Michelle Kiec was named provost and vice president for academic affairs in the spring of 2022 and will begin her appointment on July 5, 2022. Kiec currently serves as interim vice provost for Extended and Lifelong Learning and dean of graduate studies as Kutztown University, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. She has served various roles at Kutztown since 2012, including acting dean of the College of Education and dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Dr. Kiec holds master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in clarinet from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. She earned a pair of undergraduate degrees from the University at Buffalo – bachelor of music in music performance and bachelor of arts in German. Kiec maintains an active research and creative agenda as a clarinetist, and advocates for newly composed classical music, a role she puts into practice as she performs chamber music in various ensembles. She is a frequent conference presenter on topics including leadership planning and collaboration, student success programming, curriculum design and faculty development.

Faculty & Staff

The university has a full-time faculty of 204 members as of the fall of 2021. To complement the university’s faculty, there are 319 full-time and part-time staff positions (non-faculty). The university staff is focused on supporting the educational endeavors of the institution in an employee-friendly environment.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Oklahoma City University is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and intentionally inclusive community. The University seeks and creates opportunities for each person to examine their own beliefs, values, and cultures so that, as a community, it can fully embrace the experience, ideas, perspectives, and traditions of all who come to learn and work here. The intention is to champion an environment where everyone collaborates to make OCU a place where people from all identities, backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences are embraced, validated, and supported. OCU recognizes that its students, staff, faculty, and community all benefit from and engage in its best learning, research, and community engagement when everyone is learning from and with each other. Campus diversity is an important part of strong liberal arts education and continues to work toward building a community that is inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible for all students, faculty, staff, and community members. This work is ongoing, and the dean’s council will be a key contributor as OCU works toward such a community through critical dialogue and action.