Frequently Asked Questions - Traditional & Accelerated BSN Programs

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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS - PREREQUISITE COURSES AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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ARE THE PREREQUISITE COURSES REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETED AT TIME OF APPLICATION?

No, prerequisite courses are not required to be completed at time of application; however, applicants are encouraged to have as many prerequisites completed as possible prior to application deadline.

HOW DO I KNOW IF COURSES COMPLETED AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION TRANSFER CORRECTLY TO SATISFY PREREQUISITE COURSES?

The University has developed a great self-evaluation tool available for all applicants to review their courses. Please check the Transfer Equivalency Database at: https://enroll.ou.edu/thebook/ted 

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE ALL FIVE GENERAL EDUCATION PREREQUISITES?

Many applicants to the Traditional BSN program are required to complete these five prerequisite courses. If you are unsure if this applies to you we have a short quiz that will help you determine what is required: https://ouhsc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eniKagWOEfpcT9r

DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT?

High school transcripts are required for those submitting documentation of their foreign language general education prerequisite. The foreign language requirement is waived for those with two years of the same foreign language in high school. Please confirm the high school transcript is sent through NursingCAS Transcript Department while sending other college transcripts.

I WAS BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, DO I NEED A TOEFL EXAM?

Applicants born outside the United States will be required to complete a TOEFL examination; however, applicants who meet select criteria may request their TOEFL be waived. The select criteria and more information about the TOEFL can be found at http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Academics/Bachelors/bsn/ApplicationProcess.aspx#988086-toefl-requirements 

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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS - APPLICATION PROCESS

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DO I HAVE TO APPLY TO OU NORMAN TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE COLLEGE OF NURSING?

No, applicants applying to the OU College of Nursing do not submit application to the OU Norman campus. Applicants submit two required online applications. Links to these two online applications can be found at http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Academics/Bachelors/bsn/ApplicationProcess.aspx 

HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO SUBMIT THE STEP 2 SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION?

The OUHSC Supplemental (Step 2) Application should be submitted for each program applied. For example, two (2) OUHSC Supplemental Applications should be submitted if applying to both the Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN programs. Only one supplemental application is required to be considered for multiple campus sites. Campus preferences can be listed in the NursingCAS application. 

IF I APPLY AS SOON AS THE APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE, IS MY APPLICATION CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

No, all applications are reviewed for admission in one setting. An applicant who submits their application on the application deadline will have the same consideration as an applicant who submits the first day the application is available.

WHAT IF I COMPLETE COURSES AFTER SUBMITTING MY APPLICATIONS?

We encourage and highly recommend applicants continuously update their NursingCAS application as additional course work is completed. Applicants will login to their NursingCAS application to update final grades. In addition, applicants must mail a new official transcript to NursingCAS Transcript Department.

WHEN ENTERING COURSES INTO MY NURSINGCAS APPLICATION, DO I ENTER ALL COURSES OR ONLY COMPLETED PREREQUISITE COURSES?

All completed college courses and future planned course work must be entered into the NursingCAS application. Also, applicants will need to enter AP and CLEP credit received. Enter courses as they appear on each college transcript. Errors when entering courses may result in your application being return for corrections. 

ARE THERE ENTRANCE EXAMS OR SAT/ACT SCORES REQUIRED?

No, there are no entrance exams for the Traditional or Accelerated BSN programs. Admission is based on college academic history; therefore, SAT/ACT scores are not required.

ARE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS REQUIRED?

The College of Nursing does not review recommendation letters in the BSN admission selection process. The Admissions Committee will not review any submitted letters of recommendation.

CAN SHADOW EXPERIENCE STRENGTH MY APPLICATION?

No work experience or shadow hours are required for admission to the Traditional or Accelerated BSN programs. The Admissions Committee will not review resumes when making admission decisions. However, applicants are encouraged to review the nursing field in a manner meaningful to them. We encourage applicants to understand the scope of practice and workplace responsibilities of a registered nurse.

HOW DO I PREPARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICATION?

Applicants to this program are encouraged to focus on the following in their academic preparation:

  • Completion of prerequisites in a timely manner. Applicants are encouraged to have as many prerequisites completed as possible at time of application.
  • Consider completing prerequisites at the university-level.
  • Focus on science coursework while maintaining the strongest science GPA possible.
  • Maintain a strong cumulative GPA.
  • Keep in mind grade forgiveness will not be honored in calculating GPAs. 

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE SELECTED EACH YEAR?

Admission seats are limited by a number of factors. The below numbers are listed as an approximate number of seats available. The exact numbers may vary each year or by campus due to available resources. Traditional BSN students are admitted only for the fall semester. No spring admission is offered. Accelerated BSN students are admitted for Spring at the Lawton campus and Summer at the Oklahoma City and Tulsa campus sites.

Traditional BSN Program

 

Accelerated BSN Program

Campus

Average # Admitted

 

Campus

Average # Admitted

Lawton

40

 

Lawton

16

OKC

112

 

OKC

44

Tulsa

40

 

Tulsa

36

HOW CAN I BE ADVISED REGARDING MY APPLICATION AND PREREQUISITE COMPLETION?

  • Self –Evaluation
    Please use our Transfer Equivalency Database to review your transcripts compared to the prerequisite courses listed on our Admission Requirements page. 
  • In Person at the College of Nursing
    Academic advisers are available at our three campus locations.  Please select "Contact Us" for contact information.
  • First Friday's - University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
    Nursing advisement is available on site at OU Norman. A nursing advisor will be at University College (Wagner Hall) on the First Friday of the month of Sept-Dec and Feb-April, 1:30 pm -3:30 pm . No appointments are taken for this event. Students are seen on a first-come/first-serve basis.

CAN I APPLY FOR EARLY ADMISSION?

The early admission process for the Traditional BSN program is reserved for eligible students who have completed the majority of their prerequisites at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus. Eligible students will apply by the October 15th deadline. All others may apply for regular admission by the January 15th deadline. More information about early admission requirements can be found at http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Academics/Bachelors/bsn/AdmissionRequirements-BSN/AdmissionRequirementsBSNEarlyAdmit.aspx 

DOES IT HELP OR HURT MY APPLICATION IF I REAPPLY THE FOLLOWING YEAR?

Applicants are allowed and often encouraged to reapply to the program. Areas of improvement will be addressed in admission status update notices sent to applicants not selected for admission. Many applicants will finish prerequisites or consider options for strengthening their GPA's prior to reapplying. 

WHEN ARE ADMISSION DECISIONS RELEASED?

The College will process each application individually after the application deadline. Early Admission decisions (OU Norman applicants) are expected by early January. Regular Admission decisions are expected by April 15th. The exact date of release may vary depending on the volume of applications received. Decisions for the Accelerated BSN program are generally released by the end of November.

HOW DO I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

  • NursingCAS application status: login to your CAS application, look for the bell in the top right hand side. This will provide information on your application status and documentation submission.
  • Application Status website: https://apps.ouhsc.edu/admissions/
  • Check often to confirm all application materials are received and all coursework is posted correctly. 
  • Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.
  • The College will not contact applicants if their application is incomplete.

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COMMONLY ASKED GENERAL PROGRAM QUESTIONS

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HOW DO I KNOW IF NURSING IS FOR ME?

It is important all applicants fully explore the nursing profession to understand the unique opportunities and challenges provided by this career. Although not required for admission, exploration steps can include:

  • Enrolling in an Introduction to Health Professions course such as AHS 1400 at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Speaking with nurses and health care providers in a variety of specialty areas and workplace settings.
  • “Shadowing” a nurse at their place of employment (check with facility management regarding requirements).
  • Exploring internet resources such as www.discovernursing.com.
  • W orking in a health care facility . There are many entry- level job opportunities which do not require previous experience or certifications.
  • Obtaining a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) license.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RECEIVING A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) DEGREE?

The benefits of baccalaureate nursing education include:

  • Recognized by many national organizations as the appropriate entry-level for nursing practice.
  • Focus on critical thinking and health promotion.
  • Leadership and management development.
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • Foundation for further education including the pursuit of graduate or doctoral studies.

IS THIS A FULL-TIME PROGRAM?

The Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN tracks are full-time, two-year programs. Admitted students enroll in a sequential series of 60-credit-hours of upper-division nursing courses. Coursework is scheduled with a combination of classroom lecture, practice lab and health assessment, clinical rotations, community activities and internet assignments. Students should expect to be involved in coursework Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Clinical rotations may follow the shift hours of the clinical facility and may be outside the 8:00-5:00 schedule. The full listing of nursing courses for this degree plan can be located at: http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Academics/Bachelors/bsn/Curriculum-TraditionalBachelorofScienceinNursing(BSN).aspx

CAN I WORK WHILE ATTENDING THIS PROGRAM?

To achieve the best possible academic success, the College recommends students focus on their studies while limiting their time commitment to outside responsibilities. We encourage students with financial concerns to contact the OUHSC Office of Financial Aid to discuss opportunities for assistance. The College encourages students who are working to consider employment in a health care facility where hours may accommodate the demanding class schedule of this program. 

CAN I SPECIALIZE WHILE IN NURSING SCHOOL?

The Oklahoma Board of Nursing requires all registered nursing programs to provide comprehensive education across a variety of patient populations and disease processes. This provides a content model where all students receive thorough background in a variety of specialty areas. All graduates will apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam which also covers this complex continuum of content. The Registered Nurse (RN) license is considered a general practice certification which allows holders to seek employment in a variety of settings. Actual specialization will come during employment or through additional education or training after licensure. 

AFTER GRADUATION, CAN I BE LICENSED IN ANOTHER STATE?

Although we encourage all graduates to stay and address the nursing shortage in Oklahoma, our graduates are employed in a variety of settings throughout the country and around the world. A College of Nursing advisor can assist graduates with licensure information upon completion of the program. 

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