Admission Requirements - ABSN

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  • Admission Requirements
  • Prerequisite Courses
  • Transfer Evaluation Information
  • Advisement Information

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • 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 science grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0.
    At least one of the four laboratory science prerequisites must be completed at the time of application to establish a science GPA above the minimum requirement. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Many common questions regarding admission requirements and prerequisite courses can be answered by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions


Prerequisite Courses

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
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

^Applicants are advised to complete a general-education approved statistics course. Approved courses can be found at: Statistics courses taken at other colleges and universities should have a general education notation on the OU Transfer Equivalencies Database at:

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. 

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 for review.


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'


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
Ethics in America Upper Division Western Civ
Gen Ed LV.3
3000-4000 level GenEd
General Anthropology Western Civ
Gen Ed LV. 3, lower division
Human Geography Western Civ
Gen Ed LV.3, lower division
Lifespan Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology 46
Modern Middle East Non-Western Civ & Culture
Culture (Social Science)
Gen Ed LV.4, lower division
Principles of Statistics Statistics 48-400
Western Europe Since 1945 Western Civ
Gen Ed LV.3, lower division
World Religions Non-Western Civ & Culture
Culture (Social Science)
Gen Ed LV.4, lower division



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

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