Admission Requirements - Traditional BSN

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Please scroll down for information regarding:

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

Minimum Admission Requirements

Completion of 67 credit hours of prerequisite coursework 

  • 30 credit hours must be completed prior to application.      
  • The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is on a semester credit- hour system. Students transferring coursework from an institution on trimester or quarter-hour systems should contact an advisor to determine how the coursework will transfer.  
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. ·        

Cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale   

OUHSC considers all coursework regardless of academic forgiveness granted by other institutions. Each attempt of any course taken will be calculated into the CGPA. ·        

Science grade point average (SGPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale 

  • At least one of the four laboratory science prerequisites must be completed prior to application.  
  • Four laboratory sciences required are: General Chemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology    
  • No additional sciences taken will be included in the SGPA.

PREREQUISITE COURSES

  • Printable list of Traditional BSN program prerequisite courses
  • 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
 
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
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 or CHEM 1305
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.
  • Items 1-4 may be waived for those with a Bachelors from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • 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 General Education 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.

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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