Admission Requirements RN to BSN

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

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 using the last 60 credit hours of course work.
    This GPA will be calculated according to each attempt at any course taken chronologically within the last 60 hours of the applicant’s academic course work. There is no time limit for these 60 hours. This may include prerequisite courses and electives. For example, for an applicant with 100 total credit hours completed, this GPA will only review the last 60 hours of the total 100. The purpose of this GPA is to determine the applicant’s most recent academic performance.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a scale of 4.0.
    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. All students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 at time of graduation.
  • A science grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 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. 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.
  • 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 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 30 semester hours of prerequisites 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 classes. 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 will need 2 elective credit hours prior to enrolling in nursing courses.
  • All prerequisites must be completed prior to first enrollment in nursing coursework.
    An official transcript will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing courses.
  • Valid/current Oklahoma RN license.
    Please contact the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for licensure related questions. http://www.ok.gov/nursing/
  • Many common questions regarding admission requirements and prerequisite courses can be answered by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions

Prerequisite Courses

PREREQUISITE COURSES
RECOMMENDED OU COURSE NUMBER
ENGLISH COMP I 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
PSYCH/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 (recommend NWC) (3 credit hours) See NWC listing below
STATISTICS (3 credit hours)^ PSY 2003 or 2113 or ECON 2843 or COMM 2513
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:

  • Take our online quiz to determine necessary general education courses, items 1-5 above.
  • 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.

^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.

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.

Additional Information

Course Transfer Equivalency Database

To ensure courses previously completed will transfer to satisfy a nursing pre-requisite use our online transfer equivalency database. Please note - not all courses may be listed. If you completed a course that is not listed please email a course description or syllabus to nursing@ouhsc.edu for review.

Instructions

Use the 2nd section 'Search by Other Institution Course'

  1. Specify state of school
  2. Specify school name
  3. Specify course subject (e.g., BIOL, ENGL)
  4. Specify course number
  5. Select 'View Results by Other Institution Course'

Example

The ANTH 2113 Intro Anthropology from another university transfers to OU as a Gen Ed-Non Western Culture

 

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
    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.

Approved Exams

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.

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

 

 

In-State/Out-of-State Tuition Policy

Residency is determined by the HSC Office of Admission and Records. Please review their website for further information. Questions regarding the policy can be directed to their office at admissions@ouhsc.edu

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