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?

RN: No

LPN-BSN: program requires successful completion of four specific National League for Nursing (NLN) challenge exams.   Each applicant must achieve  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. 

  • 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?

  • RN
    • Yes
    • RNs may attend OPTIONAL monthly face-to-face classes for enhanced learning and faculty interaction if they wish
  • LPN
    • No
    •  The LPN-BSN program is hybrid. The hybrid program includes both online coursework and monthly face-to-face     class sessions held on Saturdays


  

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

Students living out-of-state have successfully completed this program. Below are some key points to consider: 

  • LPN only must travel to Oklahoma to take their entrance exams at an OU Nursing campus located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, or Lawton.
  • Both LPNs and RNs must hold a Valid/Current Oklahoma license or Multistate Compact license allowing clinical practice in OK. All students must maintain these licenses for the duration of their studies at OU.
  • LPN Only: Both fall and spring clinical courses require some weekday availability to complete requirements.Students are notified of required attendance days prior to each semester.
  • RNs: No bedside acute care clinical is required. However, some very limited weekday availability is required each term for community and leadership requirements. These times are scheduled to accommodate the working RN.
  • Both LPNs and RNs: Clinical rotations must be completed in the state of Oklahoma. Students must work carefully with their clinical instructor to complete course objectives at times when they can travel to Oklahoma.

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. 

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

RN: NURS 4044 Clinical III provides experiences in community/public health nursing. Assignments are varied and include online clinical preparation activities, a community assessment, work in a public health or community agency, and completing a health education and screening project. Students spend an average of 12 hours a week on these assignments which can be completed in a self-directed manner while being mindful of course due dates. Faculty provide options for students to meet the required 16 hours (2 days) of on-site community/ public health clinic observation.

LPN: NURS 4044 Clinical III provides experiences in community/public health nursing. Assignments are varied and include online clinical preparation activities, a community assessment, work in a public health or community agency, and completing a health education and screening project. Students spend an average of 12 hours a week on these assignments which can be completed in a self-directed manner while being mindful of course due dates. Faculty provide options in advance for students to meet the required 32 hours (4 days) of on-site community/public health clinic observation.

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

NURS 4126/NURS 4246 Clinical IV focuses on application of leadership management, evidenced based practice, and quality improvement issues that positively impact health care systems. The clinical experiences provide 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. Prior to the spring semester, LPN-BSN and RN-BSN students and faculty collaborate to locate a facility and qualified BSN preceptor for completion of clinical requirements. Students may be able to complete their clinical objectives at their current place of employment if a clinical contract is arranged and 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.

RN: Approximately 4 weekdays of availability are required. These days occur throughout the semester and students schedule them in advance. Students receive the spring calendars in the fall semester for advance planning. Some days are variable whereas other days are fixed.

LPN: Approximately 13 weekdays are required in the clinical course in addition to the required monthly classes. They include the critical care workshop, acute care, shared governance meeting, ATI Comp Predictor and work with a BSN preceptor. Students receive the spring calendar in the fall semester for advance planning. These days are spread through the semester. Some days are variable whereas other days are fixed.

**Students may require more or fewer weekdays to complete projects with BSN preceptor.

**LPN and RN students must complete requirements for both 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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