Oklahoma Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains key information on the nursing programs, including profiles of several programs, at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. 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 at such online universities as Walden University and Western Governors University.

Oklahoma School Facts:

  • 20 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 20 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Five colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Platt College Tulsa 74%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City 40%.1
  • Highest net price*: The University of Tulsa $25,503.1
  • Lowest net price*: Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee $6,033.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Oklahoma with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $6,390 – $33,095.2
  • One school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (79).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Oklahoma

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 study is 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 in Oklahoma

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.

Reviews of Oklahoma Nursing Programs

Oklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
(405) 682-1611

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

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

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

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=OK&major=nursing&sort=best