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Oklahoma Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains key information on the nursing degrees at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities, including profiles of several programs. Nursing students working toward an undergraduate or a graduate degree in nursing often have the option of specializing in such areas as family nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and nurse leadership. A flexible and convenient alternative to earning a nursing degree at a traditional university is to enroll in a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing program online.

Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 30 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 31 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 11 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (#63, MSN; #72, DNP).

Institutional Facts for Schools with Nursing Programs

  • Highest graduation rate: Oklahoma City University 58%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Northwestern Oklahoma State University 31%.1
  • Highest net price: Oklahoma City University $27,477.1
  • Lowest net price: Tulsa Community College $5,685.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Oklahoma with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $6,058 – $28,834.2

Following is more in-depth information about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.

Schools in Oklahoma with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Connors State College
Connors State College offers an associate degree nursing program that admits 36 students twice per year, with terms beginning in August and January. To be considered for admission students must post acceptable scores on the Kaplan Admission Exam and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students gain hands-on experience through a broad variety of clinical placements and focused nursing courses such as Adaptations of the Family, Maladaptive States, and Math for Nurses. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and become registered nurses in the state of Oklahoma. Those who already hold certification as licensed practical nurses or paramedics might be interested in the school’s career ladder program that can shorten the time it takes to earn the associate degree in nursing.

Murray State College
Murray State College’s Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree program can be completed in five semesters after general education requirements are met. Admission to the program is based on prospective students’ scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) admission assessment, ACT composite score, and college GPA. Courses in the program include Health Promotions and the Nursing Process, Leadership and the Nursing Process, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. A mobility pathway is offered for licensed practical and vocational nurses. The associate degree nursing program at Murray State is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

University of Oklahoma
Nursing majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Oklahoma complete all prerequisite and general college coursework during the first two years of the four-year program before entering the nursing program for the final two years. Only full-time course loads are permitted once students begin the nursing program. Nursing curriculum consists of 60 credits in such topics as health assessment, pharmacology, psychosocial nursing, and leadership in nursing practice. Clinical practicums are also mandatory. The nursing department also offers an accelerated BSN program for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.

Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Baptist University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The four-year, 128 credit program consists of both general college coursework and nursing curriculum that focuses on development and nutrition, pharmacology, care of family, and nursing research. Nursing majors will also complete practicums that provide real world experience in settings involving complex care, management, long-term health care, and community care. The nursing department provides students with a suggested course of study, including in which semester to take specific courses.

Master’s in Nursing Programs

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is only one of three such programs in the state. Graduate students can choose between two tracks: the educator track and the specialty track. The 34 credit graduate program permits both part-time and full-time study and consists of core nursing courses (22 credits) and track-specific coursework (12 credits). Core coursework covers pathophysiology, pharmacology, research and evidenced-based practice, health care assessment, health care informatics, and teaching, learning, and nursing theories. A 100-hour clinical practicum is required. A three-credit thesis or graduate project is also mandatory.

Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University confers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in nursing education and in nursing administration. Classes are generally held one evening a week for two hours. Students in the nursing education track must complete 33 credits and it generally takes 18 months to fulfill degree requirements for students enrolled full time. The nursing administration track consists of 39 credits and can be completed in 24 months on a full-time basis. Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and must hold a current registered nurse’s license. Registered nurses can apply for the RN to MSN program.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Oklahoma

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Oklahoma nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (https://nursing.ok.gov/).

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School ADN or LVN Program BSN Program Graduate Nursing Program ACEN/CCNE Accredited* NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate** Number Taking NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate*** Number Taking Net Price****
Bacone College No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A N/A N/A $22,732
Carl Albert State College-Poteau Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 68.18% 22 $4,832
Carl Albert State College-Sallisaw Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 87.5% 8 $4,832
Comanche Nation College Yes No No No 100% 1 N/A N/A $5,442
Connors State College-Warner Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 0% 1 $9,049
Connors State College-Muskogee Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 90.41% 73 $9,049
East Central University-Ardmore No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 92.86% 14 $6,590
East Central University-Ada No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 84.78% 46 $6,590
East Central University-Durant No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 94.12% 17 $6,590
Eastern Oklahoma State College-Wilburton Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 91.67% 12 $14,012
Eastern Oklahoma State College-McAlester Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 85.71% 14 $14,012
Eastern Oklahoma State College-Idabel Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 88.24% 17 $14,012
Langston University-Langston No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 68.42% 19 $12,470
Langston University-Tulsa No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 62.26% 53 $12,470
Murray State College-Tishomingo Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 86.11% 36 $8,750
Murray State College-Online Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 95.24% 21 $8,750
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College-Miami Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 71.7% 53 $7,764
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College-Grove Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 75% 16 $7,764
Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 96.55% 29 $6,327
Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 94.44% 18 $6,327
Northern Oklahoma College-Stillwater Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 88.89% 18 $6,327
Northeastern State University No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A N/A N/A $8,148
Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Alva No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 73.33% 15 $7,830
Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 100% 5 $7,830
Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Ponca No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 100% 1 $7,830
Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Woodward No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 90% 10 $7,830
Oklahoma Baptist University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 89.29% 28 $17,320
Oklahoma Christian University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 85.71% 21 $18,758
Oklahoma City Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 95.05% 182 $7,770
Oklahoma City University-Oklahoma City Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 81.18% 85 $27,477
Oklahoma City University-Duncan Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A N/A N/A $27,477
Oklahoma Panhandle State University No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A N/A N/A $11,605
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 94.55% 110 $14,222
Oklahoma State University-Goodwell No Yes No No N/A N/A 100% 1 $14,222
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 88% 50 $9,017
Oklahoma Wesleyan University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 85.71% 14 $22,401
Oral Roberts University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 78.05% 41 $22,509
Redlands Community College-El Reno Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 100% 12 $5,121
Redlands Community College-Mercy Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A N/A N/A $5,121
Rogers State University-Claremore Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 93.65% 63 $13,325
Rogers State University-Bartlesville Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 100% 5 $13,325
Rose State College-Midwest City Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 85.88% 85 $7,975
Rose State College-Online Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 93.33% 15 $7,975
Seminole State College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 73.91% 23 $8,602
Southern Nazerene University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 78.57% 14 $15,866
Southwestern Oklahoma State University No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 94.44% 36 $11,394
St. Gregory’s University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A N/A N/A $16,549
Tulsa Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 89.92% 129 $5,685
University of Central Oklahoma No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 94.85% 97 $11,922
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
University of Oklahoma-Oklahoma City No Yes Yes No N/A N/A 90.14% 142 $16,909
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa No Yes Yes No N/A N/A 98.55% 69 $16,909
University of Oklahoma-Lawton No Yes Yes No N/A N/A 88.37% 43 $16,909
University of Oklahoma-Woodward/Enid No Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A N/A $16,909
University of Tulsa No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 92% 25 $25,355
Western Oklahoma State College-Altus Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 82.35% 17 $7,871
Western Oklahoma State College-Elk City Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 100% 7 $7,871
Western Oklahoma State College-Lawton Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 80.95% 21 $7,871

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates who graduated from an LPN program testing between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Student Reviews

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Oklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
(405) 682-1611
http://www.occc.edu

Student Review: “I am so glad that I chose to go to Oklahoma City Community College’s School of Nursing. The classes here are set up in a way that allows for maximum student/teacher face-time. The programs are offered either in the morning or the evening which makes it easier for single parents, like myself. They offer classes on-campus as well as a blended online/campus program for those with obligations outside of school. The teachers are knowledgeable and ready to help. You will leave the program with lots of great friends and techniques to handle stress. Very amazing program and I recommend it for anyone looking to go to nursing school in Oklahoma.” – Student at Oklahoma City Community College
stars-5

Tulsa Community College
3727 E Apache St
Tulsa, OK 74115
(918) 595-7000
www.tulsacc.edu

Student Review: “Teachers were very knowledgeable and experienced. Very difficult program aimed at weeding out those that truly don’t want to work in healthcare. Students are very tight knitted and friendly. Former students that have graduated visit regularly and give advice to newer students.” – Student at Tulsa Community College
stars-5

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=OK&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Oklahoma Board of Nursing: https://nursing.ok.gov/education4.html