FAQ RN-BSN & LPN-BSN PROGRAMS

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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS - PREREQUISITE COURSES AND ADMISSION 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, all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to BSN enrollment, if admitted.

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://s3apps.ou.edu/thebook/ted/index to determine if courses transfer.

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE ALL FIVE GENERAL EDUCATION PREREQUISITES?

Many applicants are required to complete these five prerequisite courses. If you are unsure how this applies to your situation, please take this short quiz to determine your individualized general education requirements: https://ouhsc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eniKagWOEfpcT9r

DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT?

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

ARE THERE ADMISSION/ENTRANCE EXAMS?

LPN-BSN program requires successful completion of four specific National League for Nursing (NLN) challenge exams. No exams are required for the RN-BSN program. Each applicants has two attempts to pass each exam with a 70% or better score prior to the application deadline. More information about the four required NLN challenge exams can be found at: http://nursing.ouhsc.edu/Academics/Bachelors/LPN-BSN/LPNtoBSNEntranceExams.aspx 

FOR THE LPN-BSN PROGRAM, AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE 1 YEAR OF LPN WORK EXPERIENCE OR 1,000 HOURS?

LPN-BSN applicants must have 1 year and 1,000 hours of LPN work experience prior to BSN enrollment. 

THE RN-BSN APPLICATION DEADLINE IS A FEW MONTHS BEFORE I GRADUATE WITH MY ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING (ADN), CAN I STILL APPLY?

Yes. Applicants are welcome to apply to the program before obtaining their ADN; however, if admitted, must have their ADN degree posted and Oklahoma RN license prior to BSN enrollment.

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

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 transcript. Errors when entering courses may result in your application being returned for corrections. 

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.

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 advisors are available at our three campus locations.  See the below "Contact Us" section 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.

WHEN ARE ADMISSION DECISIONS RELEASED?

Complete applications will be processed only after the application deadline has passed. The application review process will take approximately 2 months to complete. Applicants will be notified by email regarding their admission status.

HOW DO I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

  • NursingCAS application status: login to your CAS application, look for the bell icon 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  QUESTIONS - Program specific 

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IS THIS PROGRAM 100% ONLINE?

No. The RN-BSN and LPN-BSN programs are hybrid programs. Hybrid program have both online and in class components.   

I DO NOT LIVE IN OKLAHOMA. CAN I ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?

Living out-of-state will pose additional challenges to completing our program. However, a few students have successfully complete the RN-BSN LPN-BSN program while residing outside of Oklahoma. Here are some points to keep in mind: 

  • LPNs must travel to Oklahoma to take their entrance exams at an OU Nursing campus location in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, or Lawton.
  • Both LPNs and RNs must endorse their license to Oklahoma prior to enrolling in our courses. All students must maintain a valid Oklahoma license during the entire program.
  • Clinical rotations must be completed in Oklahoma. Students must work carefully with their clinical instructor to complete course objectives at times when they can travel to Oklahoma.
  • All students must travel to Oklahoma for  monthly class meetings and for clinical assignments.

CAN I WORK WHILE I COMPLETE THE RN-BSN or LPN-BSN DEGREE?

The majority of RN-BSN and LPN-BSN students have full-time nursing positions and family responsibilities while enrolled as full time or part time students. Some students work part-time and go to school full-time. A limited number of students do not work while enrolled as students in the program. Therefore, working is an individual decision based on personal commitments.

Full time students take 14-16 credit hours of upper division course work per semester. Completing course work requires significant time in addition to work and family commitments. Work flexibility may positively affect student’s performance in coursework. Prior to enrolling in the program, students are advised to talk to their work manager and determine work schedules to support OUCN course requirements.  

WHY DOES OU HAVE CLINICAL ROTATIONS WHEN OTHER BSN PROGRAMS DO NOT?

Clinical rotations and experiences in the RN-BSN and LPN-BSN program are quite different from students’ previous clinical experiences. The two clinical courses do not focus on basic skills. Instead, students learn to apply their nursing knowledge to a variety of practice areas. NURS 4044 Clinical III focuses on nursing care of individuals, families, groups and vulnerable populations in the community; clinical experiences that most students have not had in great depth. In addition, the concepts of health promotion and maintenance are explored in the context of prevention in the course. NURS 4126/4246 Clinical Nursing IV focuses on nursing care for aggregates across the lifespan with an emphasis on coordination of health care and leadership/management principles in a variety of settings. Strategies for influencing health care policy are also explored. Students work with a BSN preceptor to complete leadership activities on their own time in a self-directed manner. 

AM I REQUIRED TO RETURN TO THE HOSPITAL SETTING TO REPEAT BASIC SKILL?

LPN-BSN students must complete 48 hours of acute care with a nursing instructor in NURS 4246 clinical IV spring semester. During that time, LPN-BSN students may have the opportunity to practice clinical skills. RN-BSN students are not required to return to the hospital setting to review basic patient care and clinical skills. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING COMMUNITY CLINICAL IN THE FALL SEMESTER?

NURS 4044 Clinical III provides experiences in community/public health nursing. This clinical course coincides with NURS 4143 Community Nursing, a community focused theory course. The NURS 4044 Clinical III course provides opportunities to explore aspects of public health nursing learned in the NURS 4143 Community Nursing theory class. Assignments are varied and include projects such as online clinical preparation activities, community assessment, work in a public health or community agency, home visits, and completing a health education and screening project. Student spend an average of 12 hours a week on these assignments, most of which can be completed in a self directed manner while being mindful of course due dates.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING LEADERSHIP CLINICAL IN THE SPRING SEMESTER?

NURS 4126/NURS 4246 Clinical IV focus on application of leadership management, evidenced based practice and quality improvement issues to positively impact health care systems. The clinical experiences provides opportunities for students to apply principles learned in the NURS 4134 Practice in Leadership theory course as they relate to the clinical setting. This is accomplished using qualified BSN preceptors who guide and mentor students throughout the semester to achieve course objectives and assignments. Prior to the spring semester, LPN/RN-BSN students and faculty collaborate to locate a facility and qualified BSN preceptor for completion of clinical requirements in NURS 4126/4246 Clinical IV. Students may be able to complete their clinical objectives at their current place of employment if a clinical contract is arranged, approved and a qualified BSN preceptor is approved. Most students complete the required clinical activities in a self-paced manner in consultation with their preceptor and faculty. LPN students must complete 48 hours of an acute care rotation before beginning any pre-cepted clinical experience. Dates and times for these rotations are campus specific and given in advance to students.

It is important to note that both LPN and RN students must complete requirements for the clinical courses in the state of Oklahoma. 

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I PLAN ON SPENDING ON CLASS ASSIGNMENTS?

For every credit hour assigned for a class, students should plan on spending 2-3 hours of non-class time completing assignments and studying. For example, in a traditional 3- credit-hour course, a student should spend 6-9 hours working on the class during their own time. A basic English Composition course can be reviewed as an example. Some students did not need to spend six hours a week to finish their assignments, whereas other students needed more than nine hours to complete everything. Each student will be a little different when it comes to the specific number of hours needed to be successful.


The 2-3 hours per credit hour calculation generally holds true for our nursing program. Students enrolled in 14 credit hours of BSN coursework will spend 28-42 hours a week completing class assignments and studying. Some students may need less time. Others may need more time. We advise students to closely examine their work and life commitments to decide if they have the free time necessary to start, and be successful, in a full-time BSN program. If the schedule is tight, we encourage students to consider our part-time enrollment option instead.

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