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Program Information

NOTE: This page contains information pertaining to the "Aspiring RN" BSN program at Oklahoma City University for Traditional, Transfer, Accelerated, and Duncan BSN students. If you already have an RN license, this information does NOT apply to you; visit our RN-BSN program pages for more information.


Deadlines

Oklahoma City University uses a rolling admissions process, so students technically have until the first week of classes in any given term to be admitted and enrolled. However, prospective nursing students do need to meet specific deadlines for the NursingCAS Application and any relevant exams. Those who fail to adhere to transcript deadlines will automatically have their admission deferred to the next available cohort.

Click the menu below to see term-specific deadlines and contact us if you have any questions.

Fall 2020 Deadlines

NOTE: *The HESI and TEAS entrance exam requirement will be waived for Fall 2020, entry term.*

  • August 3, 2020 – NursingCAS and OCU Supplemental Application must be submitted. This includes official transcripts from student’s last completed semester in school.
  • August 3, 2020 – Date for last HESI A2 exam proctored at OCU Kramer School of Nursing and for Fall 2020.
  • August 7, 2020 – First date for a distance (non-OCU proctored) HESI/TEAS exam to be received.
  • August 7, 2020 – All unofficial grades to the Nursing Advisor. Student’s HESI A2 score, including the Elsevier form reflecting number of times exam is taken and breakdown of each category, or TEAS score needs to be received by the Clinical Specialist.

Admission Requirements

Prospective nursing students must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission to the OCU BSN program:

  • A 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher.
  • Completion of required college science and general education course prerequisites. (Click HERE to view program prerequisites.)
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in science courses listed below. (All course attempt grades in these courses will be calculated, not just the highest grade.)
    • Human Anatomy with a lab
    • Human Physiology with a lab
    • Microbiology with a lab
    • Chemistry with a lab
    • Introduction to Psychology*
  • English proficiency as outlined in the English Proficiency Policy for Admission to NURS Courses.
  • Minimum HESI A2 exam score of 75 or a minimum TEAS exam score of 78, maximum of two attempts on entrance exams.*HESI A2 and TEAS exams are waived for all students ready to start BSN NURS courses in Fall 2020*

*Introduction to Psychology is a science prerequisite but is not calculated in the cumulative science GPA.

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HESI/TEAS Exam

*HESI A2 and TEAS exams are waived for all students ready to start BSN NURS courses in Fall 2020*

The HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam is used by nursing schools to determine prospective students’ readiness for nursing coursework and their professional licensure exam. OCU requires incoming nursing students to complete and pass this exam before entering the nursing program.

About the HESI Exam

  • The time allotted for the exam is 3 hours.
  • The HESI exam will cover English (reading, grammar, and vocabulary), and Math. A missing exam section will invalidate the score.

KSN HESI/TEAS Requirements

KSN accepts both the HESI A2 exam and the TEAS exam. A minimum cumulative HESI A2 score of 75 or a minimum cumulative TEAS score of 78 is required. A combined total of two attempts is accepted, including all previous attempts at other institutions.

HESI Preparation Resources

Resources are available for those who are interested in preparing for the exam, including HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, which may be ordered directly from Elsevier or your preferred retailer. Numerous other prep courses and practice questions are available online as well.

HESI Dates and Scheduling

KSN will host HESI exams on these dates. All applicants should refer to these instructions for scheduling the HESI exam.

If you have already taken the HESI exam

If you have already taken the HESI exam and achieved the minimum required score or greater, please contact Stacy Calhoun, Clinical Specialist at (405) 208-5933 or sjcalhoun@okcu.edu.


Academic Prerequisites

Students must have 6 credit hours or fewer in remaining general education or elective requirements before beginning nursing courses. Click HERE to see the general education curriculum.

For transfer students, or those who may already have a degree, click HERE for credit and transcript information.

Science courses that must be completed before starting NURS courses

  • Human Anatomy with a lab (3-5 credit hours)*
  • Human Physiology with a lab (3-5 credit hours)*
  • Microbiology with a lab (3-4 credit hours)
  • College chemistry course with a lab, preferably introductory, general, or organic chemistry (4-5 credit hours).
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)

*Note: 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 Anatomy and Physiology II. This option requires the substitution of both courses, not just one course. All science courses must be conducted in a live classroom and laboratory environment. No online courses will be accepted for science prerequisites.


Curriculum

Required Courses for BSN students fall into 3 main categories: General Education courses, Science Prerequisite Courses, and Nursing Courses.

For more information about Progression Processes within the program, click HERE.

Required General Education Courses

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 29 credit hours are required to take LAS 1063 within the first 12 months of attending OCU. Transfer students with more than 29 credit hours must transfer in a three hour course or take an additional three hour course from OCU to meet this requirement.

Science Prerequisite Course Requirements

Other courses required of all students (with or without prior bachelor's degrees) that are prerequisites before starting 3000-level nursing course:

  • Human Anatomy with a lab (3-5)*
  • Human Physiology with a lab (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 Anatomy and Physiology II. This option requires the substitution of both courses, not just one course. All science courses must be conducted in a live classroom and laboratory environment. No online courses will be accepted for science prerequisites.

Nursing Courses (56 credit hours)

  • Nutrition (3)*
  • Clinical Judgment in Nursing (2)
  • Health Assessment (3)
  • Foundations of Nursing (5)
  • Nursing Pharmacology (3)
  • Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • Adult Health Nursing I (6)
  • Community Health Nursing (4)
  • Adult Health Nursing II (6)
  • Nursing Research (3)
  • Family Health Nursing (4)
  • Critical Care Nursing (4)
  • Child Health Nursing (4)
  • Nursing Leadership (5)

*Nutrition course is taken during the first semester of the nurse program, if not already completed.


Progression and Eligibility

Once admitted to the Nursing Program, students are expected to maintain a certain level of coursework. Explore the progression requirements below and contact us if you have any questions.

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 minimum 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.
  • Students can re-enroll in only one nursing course, regardless of the reason.
  • 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
  • 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].

    OCU Eligibility

    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 evaluated each semester.

    Clinicals Eligibility

    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.