OU Norman Early Admission Requirements - Traditional BSN

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  • Admission Requirements
  • Prerequisite Courses
  • Explanation of General Education Prerequisite Courses
  • Transfer Evaluation Information
  • Advisement Information

Minimum Admission Requirements

The early admission option for OU Norman students to the Traditional BSN program was created to offer outstanding prospective students the opportunity to secure positions in the BSN program earlier than the normal admission cycle. Positions are limited and applicants not admitted will be considered in the regular application/selection pool. The application deadline for early admission is October 15.

  • Apply and be admitted to the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.
    Applicant must be in good standing at the University of Oklahoma
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 on a scale of 4.0.
    In general, the College of Nursing does not honor academic forgiveness or reprieve policies. Each attempt at each course from each institution previously attended will be calculated into the Cumulative GPA. Newly admitted students must maintain a 3.40 GPA while completing prerequisite courses.
  • A science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
    Each attempt at Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology and General (Intro) Chemistry will be calculated. No other science courses will be used to calculate this Science GPA. Newly admitted students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while completing prerequisite courses. In general, the College of Nursing does not honor academic forgiveness or reprieve policies. Each attempt at each of these four courses from each institution previously attended will be calculated into the overall Science GPA.
  • Completion of two (2) of the four (4) College of Nursing prerequisite science courses (Chem, Micro, Anatomy, or Physiology) with at least one (1) completed at the OU Norman campus.
  • A grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.
  • Credit hour transfer requirements must be met for each prerequisite course.
    The University of Oklahoma is on a Semester credit-hour system. Students completing coursework at an institution on a Quarter credit-hour system are advised that coursework will transfer based on a 0.67 transfer rate. For example: a 3 credit-hour course on the Quarter credit-hours system will transfer as 2.01 Semester credit-hours and will not meet the transfer credit hour requirement for most prerequisite courses. Please contact an academic advisor for further advisement.
  • Completion of at least 24 semester hours of prerequisites at the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at the time the application for admission is submitted.
    Clarification: All students must transfer a total of 67 non-nursing credit hours, including prerequisite courses, prior to enrollment in nursing courses. Elective hours can be taken, as needed, to complete the total transfer hour requirement. For example, if an applicant only has 65 total hours after completing all prerequisites, the applicant would then need 2 elective credit hours prior to enrolling in nursing courses. All prerequisites must be completed prior to first enrollment in nursing coursework.
  • Computer Requirements For OU CON Students
    Effective Fall 1998 all students will be required to own a computer. Specific computer and software requirements will be shared with students at orientation. Financial aid may be obtained for the purchase of required equipment.
  • By July 1, and prior to initial fall College of Nursing enrollment, each newly admitted student must submit official transcripts to demonstrate completion of all required coursework Prerequisite Courses.

Timeline:

  • Apply to OUHSC College of Nursing by October 15. Documents that must accompany the application are: (1) official transcripts to document all previous coursework.
  • Conditional admission letters are delivered by e-mail by February 1.
  • Confirmations of acceptance must be received by the College of Nursing Students Affairs Office prior to March 1.
  • Unsuccessful applicants to the Direct Early Admission program will be re-considered (without reapplication) for admission during the regular admission period and notified by April 15 of the Admissions Committee’s decision.

Admission Contingency:

A conditional admit to the BSN program by way of the Early Admission Program must satisfy all remaining admission requirements during the Spring term prior to initial Fall enrollment. Should the conditional admit fail to complete the admission requirements or fail to submit documentation to confirm completion, the early admission is forfeited and the student may apply through the next regular admission period. 

Prerequisite Courses

  • A complete list of courses is provided below.
  • To confirm transferability of courses, please visit the Course Equivalency Tables.
  • Challenge exams are available and accepted for certain classes. Please see below for additional information.
  • Transfer Petition Form (for out-of-state courses not previously equated).

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Courses
(Also see General Education Courses, below)

Recommended OU Course Number 

 ENGLISH COMP I (3 credit hours)   ENG 1113
 ENGLISH COMP II (3 credit hours)  ENG 1213
US GOV (3 credit hours) PSC 1113
US HISTORY (3 credit hours) HIST 1483 or 1493
PSYCH/SOC (e.g. Gen Psych) (3 credit hours) (listed as Gen Ed-Social Science on the Equivalency Charts)
PSY 1113
PSCH/SOC (e.g. Intro to Soc) (3 credit hours) (listed as Gen Ed-Social Science on the Equivalency Charts) SOC 1113 or other Social Science
CULTURE (recommended NWC) (3 credit hours) See NWC listing below
DEV PSYCHOLOGY (3 credit hours) PSY 2603
 STATISTICS (3 credit hours)^ PSY 2003 or 2113 or ECON 2843 or COMM 2513
NUTRITION (3 credit hours) HES 2823
INTRO or GEN CHEMISTRY (4-5 credit hours with laboratory component) Sci GPA  CHEM 1315
MICROBIOLOGY (4-5 credit hours with laboratory component) Sci GPA  MBIO 2815 or MBIO 3813 & 3812
HUMAN ANATOMY (4-5 credit hours with laboratory component) Sci GPA  BIOL 2255 or BIOL 2234
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY (4-5 credit hours with laboratory component) Sci GPA  BIOL 2124 or BIOL 3103 & 3101 


Prerequisite General Education Courses

  1. WEST CIV AND CULT (WC) (listed as Gen Ed-Western Culture on the Equivalency Charts) (3 credit hours)
  2. NON WEST CIV & CULTURE (NWC) (listed as Gen Ed-Non Western Culture on the Equivalency Charts) (3 credit hours)
  3. UNDERSTANDING ART (listed as Gen Ed-Artistic Forms on the Equivalency Charts) (3 credit hours)
  4. FOREIGN LANGUAGE (see description below)
  5. 3000-4000 GEN. ED. (must be listed as "Gen. Ed." on the Equivalency Charts) (3 credit hours)
General Education courses required for all applicants, except:
  • Items 1-4 may be waived for those with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited college in Oklahoma.
  • Item 4 may be met by two semesters (6-10 credit hours) of the same language in college or two years of the same language in high school. A high school transcript may be required.
  • Item 5 may only be waived for those with a Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Note to applicants who started college coursework prior to Fall 1990: Applications submitted in January 2014 and after will no longer be exempt from the general education requirements on basis of college start date. Please consult with an academic advisor regarding completion of these requirements prior to enrollment in nursing courses.

^Applicants are advised to complete a general-education approved statistics course. Approved courses can be found at: http://www.ou.edu/content/gened/courses.html. Statistics courses taken at other colleges and universities should have a general education notation on the OU Transfer Equivalencies Database at: https://www.ou.edu/content/admissions/transfer_equivalencies.html.
Sci GPA The Science GPA will be calculated from each attempt at the laboratory, prerequisite sciences. This includes only Chemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology.

Electives (must have 67 non-nursing transfer hours)

General Education Course Descriptions

Western Civilization

A course in American or Western-European studies other than US History. Examples include Social Problems, Ethics, History of Western Civilization, Philosophy, or many Humanities courses. The course must be a minimum three semester credit hours and be passed with a grade of C or better.
This course will be listed as Gen Ed-Western Culture on the OU Norman Equivalency Charts at OU Transfer Equivalencies Database.

Approved Western Civ courses at OU Norman campus

Non-Western Civ & Culture

A course in non-American/ non-Western-European studies. Examples include History of Native Americans, Cultural Anthropology, or World Religions. Applicants are encouraged to take this course at a University instead of a community college and to take it as a 3000- 4000 level course to also meet the upper division requirement without having to take an additional course. Applicants may “double-dip” and apply credit toward the “Culture” requirement. The course must be a minimum three semester credit hours and be passed with a grade of C or better.
This course will be listed as Gen Ed-Non Western Culture on the OU Norman Equivalency Charts at OU Transfer Equivalencies Database.

Approved Non Western Civ courses at OU Norman campus

Understanding Art Forms

A course in the study of art; not a course in the practice of art. Examples include Music Appreciation, Art History, Intro to Literature, or Intro to Theater. The course must be a minimum three semester credit hours and be passed with a grade of C or better.
This course will be listed as Gen Ed-Artistic Forms on the OU Transfer Equivalencies Database.
Approved Art courses at OU Norman campus

Foreign Language

All applicants must document completion of either 2-years of the same foreign language in high school (on a high school transcript), or 2-semesters of the same foreign language in college (for a total of 6-10 semester credit hours). Credit cannot be mixed between the high school and college level.

Exemptions

Explanation of Exemptions

Applicants who have an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts degree from a college in Oklahoma are exempt from the above requirements.
Applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited university are exempt from these requirements.
Applicants who have an Associate of Applied Science from an Oklahoma school, or have any associates degree from a non-Oklahoma school, are not exempt from these requirements.

3000-4000 Level General Education

All students must transfer one upper division course taken outside of their major to document their ability to handle the rigors of upper division coursework prior to starting the nursing program. This course needs to be completed through a four-year university, not a community college or other two-year institution. Regardless of content equivalency, the course completed must be at the junior/senior level. Lower division courses from two-year institutions will not transfer to meet this specific upper division requirement. Students are advised to take one of the previously listed general education courses, such as Non-Western Culture, at the 3000-4000 level to double-dip on credit. For example, a junior-level Cultural Anthropology course will meet the Non Western Culture requirement and this upper division requirement. This course must be a minimum three semester credit hours and be passed with a grade of C or better.

Explanation of Exemptions

Applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited University are exempt from this requirement.
Applicants who have any associates degree from any College, in Oklahoma or otherwise, are not exempt from this requirement

APPROVED CHALLENGE EXAMINATION OPTIONS

Challenge Exams are optional and may be taken to meet prerequisite courses. The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing will accept challenge examinations as approved by the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

Applicants are encouraged to confirm acceptance of an exam prior to taking the exam. To confirm acceptance of an exam please contact an academic advisor.

DSST Exams

The following DSST Exams have been approved by the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing Academic Affairs Committee to satisfy the indicated prerequisite requirements for admission to the baccalaureate nursing programs. Applicants must still meet minimum transfer credit hour and GPA requirements for admission. 

 DSST Exam Prerequisite Satisfied by DSST Exam Minimum ACE Recommendation Score
Art of the Western World Understanding Art Forms
Gen Ed LV.2, lower division
48
Ethics in America Upper Division Western Civ
Gen Ed LV.3
3000-4000 level GenEd
46/400
General Anthropology Western Civ
Gen Ed LV. 3, lower division
47
Human Geography Western Civ
Gen Ed LV.3, lower division
48
Lifespan Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology 46
Modern Middle East Non-Western Civ & Culture
Culture (Social Science)
Gen Ed LV.4, lower division
47
Principles of Statistics Statistics 48-400
Western Europe Since 1945 Western Civ
Gen Ed LV.3, lower division
45
World Religions Non-Western Civ & Culture
Culture (Social Science)
Gen Ed LV.4, lower division
48/400

Academic Advisement

  • 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 
    Please see our Student Affairs page 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.

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