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Nursing (Traditional BSN)

Oklahoma City University's traditional BSN option is for first-year students as well as college transfers -- both those with degrees and those with some college courses completed. If all the program’s prerequisites and general education requirements are met, then students can expect to complete their BSN degree in four semesters of nursing courses.


BSN Nursing courses are held onsite at the OCU Kramer School of Nursing campus in Oklahoma City. Classes are held in person Monday-Wednesday with clinical rotations on Thursday and/or Friday.

Application Information

Please refer to the Admissions Requirements and Information page on application instructions for first-year and transfer students.

Admission for Transfer Students

Traditional BSN Admission Criteria:

  • Admission to Oklahoma City University
  • 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA
  • English proficiency as outlined in the English Proficiency Policy for Admission to NURS Courses
  • Must have 6 credit hours or fewer in remaining general education or elective requirements before beginning NURS courses*
  • A grade of C (2.00) or better in any college microbiology course with a lab
  • A grade of C (2.00) or better in any college human anatomy course with a lab+
  • A grade of C (2.00) or better in any college human physiology course with a lab+
  • A grade of C (2.00) or better in any college chemistry course with a lab
  • A grade of C (2.00) or better in any basic college psychology course

* Students who already have an approved bachelor’s degree in another field are not required to fulfill OCU’s general education requirements. Students entering with an approved associate degree are required to take OCU’s Introduction to Bible & Culture or World Religions courses, unless a previous course is approved to transfer for this requirement in OCU’s TESS system.

For students whose first bachelor’s degree was earned outside the United States, English must have been the language of instruction. The first bachelor’s degree must also be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree grated by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Course prerequisites to the BSN program taken internationally must be equivalent to the corresponding courses offered at Oklahoma City University. These equivalencies must be determined by a company acceptable to Oklahoma City University that evaluates international transcripts.

+A full semester of Human Anatomy with a lab and a full semester of Human Physiology may be substituted for Anatomy and Physiology I (A&P I) and Anatomy and Physiology II (A & P II). This option requires both courses, not just one course.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • All prerequisites must be completed, in progress, or planned at the time of application.
  • Prerequisites must be completed before starting NURS courses in the program
  • It is not possible to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with NURS courses
  • Transfer credits
    • To see if a course you have taken elsewhere will transfer to OCU Kramer School of Nursing, click here for the OCU equivalency matrix. These are courses that have already been approved for OCU degree programs.
    • If you do not see a course listed on the equivalency matrix, you may submit course information to our online transfer evaluation site. Be sure to specify the OCU course or requirement that the transfer course might meet. Please note that new users must create an account the first time they use the system. Returning users and current students can log in here.
    • Course evaluations can typically take two weeks to complete 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.


  • The Traditional BSN program consists of 56 credit hours over 24 months.
  • Courses are taught face-to-face in 16-week blocks.
  • Once admitted to the Nursing Program, students are expected to maintain a certain level of coursework.
  • 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.
  • 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 are determined by the State of Oklahoma for Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Oklahoma City University Kramer School of Nursing 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:
    • A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
    • A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
    • Admission into the United States in refugee status;
    • A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
    • Approved deferred action status; or
    • 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].

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.

  1. Complete your OCU application.
  2. Answer all questions and upload your personal essay about why you want to pursue a BSN degree and your goals.
  3. Order official transcripts from every college or university attended to be sent to Oklahoma City University or [email protected]. Official transcripts can be sent via Parchment, National Clearinghouse, or by mail.
  4. Complete the $55 application fee payment.
  5. Submit your application.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024:

  • Aug. 1, 2024 - OCU Application must be submitted. This includes official transcripts from student’s last completed semester in school. The deadline for international student applicants is July 1.

The BSN graduate of OCU's Kramer School of Nursing will function as a professional nurse able to: 

  • Demonstrate clinical competence in the provision of ethical and legal nursing care.
  • Collaborate with and educate clients regarding self-care activities designed to promote health, restore wellness and prevent illness.
  • Utilize the nursing process as a critical thinking framework for problem solving and making effective clinical judgments.
  • Promote physical, mental, social and spiritual health across the life span within diverse cultures.
  • Manage, coordinate, and delegate care of clients within and in collaboration with the health care system. Exemplify the caring behaviors of acceptance of, respect for and empathy with the client.
  • Exemplify the caring behaviors of acceptance of, respect for and empathy with the client.

Click here to view BSN program outcome data.

With scholarships offered to almost all qualifying students, it's likely that you'll receive assistance to defray the cost of attendance for the 24-month (four-semester) program. Scholarship amounts vary depending on your cumulative college transfer GPA.

There may be additional costs associated with the program. The below breakdown is not all inclusive. Please speak to your admissions counselor regarding additional costs associated with the program.

 GPA 3.6 and upGPA 3.3 to 3.59GPA 3.0 to 3.29
Block Tuition$35,000$35,000$35,000
University Fees$9,240$9,240$9,240
Nursing Fees$5,320$5,320$5,320
Total Tuition and Fees You Pay$26,560$31,560$36,560
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