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LPN to BSN

The Degree Completion (LPN to BSN) program is a flexible, hybrid degree program for individuals who are working as licensed practical nurses and want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The nursing curriculum is 60 credit hours, with 30 hours earned through advanced standing examination and 30 by enrollment to be completed within the program. 

The LPN to BSN program offers evening classes, clinical rotations in Oklahoma, and internet-based coursework to accommodate working nurses. Students will complete the majority of coursework online as well as 160 hours per semester of in-person clinical coursework.

Graduates from this program receive a BSN degree and are eligible to sit for the state examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Program Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes   

Upon successful completion of the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing Baccalaureate Degree Program the graduate will be prepared to:  

  1. Provide entry-level safe, competent, ethical care to culturally diverse individuals, families and populations across health care settings and across the lifespan.  

  1. Function effectively as a member of the Nursing Profession and as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.  

  1. Practice professional nursing based on current evidence.  

  1. Assume accountability for evaluation and improvement of nursing practice.  

  1. Integrate the safe and confidential use of information technology and health care technology into one’s practice as a professional nurse.  

Baccalaureate Program Overall Results

93.8 % of the 2019-2020 BSN students passed the NCLEX Exam while the National Pass Rate was 87.57%.   

In 2019-2020, the BSN program overall had a completion rate of 92.4%  

95.4%of 2019-2020 BSN graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation.     

Prerequisite Courses

 

  • Prior learning assessments, i.e. CLEP or DSST

  • CLEP - College Level Examination Program    

  • The science GPA will be calculated from each attempt of General Chemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology. 

PREREQUISITE COURSES 

CREDITS 

RECOMMENDED OU COURSE NUMBER 

Non-Major  

 

 

English Comp I 

ENG 1113 

English Comp II  

ENG 1213 

US Government  

PSC 1113 

US History 

HIST 1483 or 1493 

Psychology   

PSY 1113

Statistics^ 

PSY 2003 or 2113 or ECON 2843 or COMM 2513 

Intro or Gen Chemistry 

4-5 

CHEM 1315 or CHEM 1305 

Microbiology 

4-5  

MBIO 2815 or MBIO 3813 & 3812 

Human Anatomy  

4-5 

BIOL 2255 or BIOL 2234 

Human Physiology 

4-5 

BIOL 2124 or BIOL 3103 & 3101 

 

General Education  

 

 

  1. Western Culture 

Any Western Culture General Ed. Course 

  1. World Culture 

Any World Culture General Ed.  Course 

  1. Understanding Art 

Any Artistic Forms General Ed. Course 

  1. Foreign Language 

6-10 

Refer to description below 

       5. Gateway to Belonging 3 OU Course UCOL 1523
       6. 3000-4000 General Education 3 Any Upper Division General Ed. Course
  • Items 1-5 are waived for those with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science* degree from a regionally accredited college in Oklahoma. 

  • Items 1-6 are waived for those with a Bachelor’s degree 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 will be required if waived using high school coursework. 

^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

*Please note that general education requirements will NOT be waived for Associate of Applied Science degrees. 

Electives (must have earned 61 transfer hours prior to enrollment) 

Curriculum

Three enrollment options are available based on admission term:

  • Fall start, nine-month (fall, spring) full-time track
  • Fall start, two-year (fall, spring, fall, spring) part-time track

FALL-START, FULL-TIME PLAN OF STUDY (9 MONTHS)

FALL SEMESTER – (15 Credit Hours)

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 3043 Health Assessment 3
NURS 4014 Human Experience in Acute & Chronic Illness II 4
NURS 4215 Clinical Nursing III 5
NURS 4243 Community Focused Nursing 3

SPRING SEMESTER – (15 Credit Hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 3162 Human Experience of Disability 2
NURS 4063 Nursing Research 3
NURS 4163 Contemporary Professional Nursing 3
NURS 4244 Clinical Nursing IV for LPN's  4
NURS 4253 Leadership in Nursing Practice   3
 

 

FALL-START, PART-TIME PLAN OF STUDY (2 YEARS)

FALL SEMESTER – (7 Credit Hours)

Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 3043 Health Assessment 3
NURS 4014 Human Experience in Acute & Chronic Illness II 4
SPRING SEMESTER – (8 Credit Hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 3162 Human Experience of Disability 2
NURS 4063 Nursing Research 3
NURS 4163 Contemporary Professional Nursing 3
FALL SEMESTER – (8 Credit Hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 4215 Clinical Nursing III  5
NURS 4243 Community Focused Nursing 3
SPRING SEMESTER – (7 Credit Hours)
Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 4244 Clinical Nursing IV 4
NURS 4253 Leadership in Nursing Practice   3

 

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 61 credit hours of prerequisite coursework
    • 30 credit hours must be completed prior to application
    • All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
    • The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUSHC) is on a semester credit hour system. Contact an advisor if coursework is from an institution with trimester or quarter-hours systems.
  • Last 60 hours grade point average (L60GPA) of a 2.5 or better 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 L60GPA.
  • Science grade point average (SGPA) of a 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
    • At least one of the four laboratory science prerequisites must be completed prior to application.
    • Four laboratory sciences required: Chemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology
    • No additional sciences will be included in the SGPA.
  • Valid and active LPN/LVN license.
  • Exams for Advanced Standing Credit
    • Exams are not required to be completed prior to admission.
    • If admitted to the program, students will be provided information for completing the required exams.