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RN to BSN

The Degree Completion (RN to BSN) program is a flexible degree program for registered nurses who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in as little as two semesters. The RN to BSN program is 30 hours, internet-based, with flexible clinical practicum hours. Graduates from this program receive a BSN degree. The RN-BSN Program ranked #1 in the nation by Best College Reviews for FY 2019.

  • Self-directed students can excel in the 100% online courses with flexible clinical practicum hours.
  • Estimated weekly time commitment is 2-3 hours per course credit hour, per week i.e., 6 credit hours = 12 hrs of time per week.
  • No direct patient care in hospital or other acute care setting required.
  • Attendance at virtual program and course orientation is recommended at start of each semester.
  • Relevant course work with nationally certified and doctoral prepared faculty.

Three enrollment options are available: 

  • Two-semester fall start full-time
  • Four-semester fall start part-time
  • Three-semester spring start

Program Clinical Courses with In-person Component

Fall: N4044 Clinical III - Students work independently with preceptors and faculty to complete practicum assignments in person or online.

Spring: N4126 Clinical IV – Students work independently with preceptors and faculty to complete practicum hours and assignments in person or online.

Program 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. 

DEGREE COMPLETION (DC) RN TO BSN PROGRAM RESULTS: 

  • In 2019-2020, the DC-RN Program had a 72.7% completion rate. 

  • 98.2% of 2019-2020 DC graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation. 

Prerequisite Courses

  • The science GPA will be calculated from each attempt of 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/Sociology   (listed as Gen Ed-Social Science 

PSY 1113 

Statistics^ 

PSY 2003 or 2113 or ECON 2843 or COMM 2513 

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  3 OU Course UCOL 1523
       6. 3000-4000 General Education 3 Any Upper Division General Ed. Course

General Education Waivers: 

  • 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 67 transfer hours prior to enrollment) 

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. 
Approved Western Civ courses at OU Norman campus 

WORLD 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. 

Approved World Culture 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. 

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 World 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

Curriculum

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 4084

Clinical Nursing III 

4

NURS 4154

Community Focused Nursing

4

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 4233

Innovations in Nursing

3

NURS 4224

Leadership in Nursing Practice 

4

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 4084

Clinical Nursing III 

4

NURS 4154

Community Focused Nursing

4

SPRING SEMESTER – (7 Credit Hours)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

NURS 4233

Innovations in Nursing

3

NURS 4224

Leadership in Nursing Practice 

4

SPRING-START PLAN OF STUDY (3 SEMESTERS)

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 – (15 Credit Hours)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

NURS 4084

Clinical Nursing III 

4

NURS 4154

Community Focused Nursing

4

NURS 3043

Health Assessment

3

NURS 4014

Human Experience in Acute & Chronic Illness II 

4

SPRING SEMESTER – (7 Credit Hours)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

NURS 4233

Innovations in Nursing

3

NURS 4224

Leadership in Nursing Practice

4

Admission Requirements

  • Valid/current Oklahoma RN license
    • For licensure related questions, please contact the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
  • Completion of 67 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 three laboratory science prerequisites must be completed prior to application.
    • Three laboratory sciences required: Microbiology, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology
    • No additional sciences will be included in the SGPA.