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Traditional BSN

The College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to students at campuses throughout the state of Oklahoma. All BSN nursing courses are upper division and applicants must complete the 67 academic credit hours of prerequisite course work before enrollment in the first year of the nursing program. The nursing curriculum consists of 60 semester hours of sequenced courses incorporating theoretical (in class and online) and clinical content. Graduates of the program receive a BSN degree and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination- RN (NCLEX-RN®) 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. 

Program Outcomes  

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 graduatio.    

TRADITIONAL BSN PROGRAM RESULTS: 

94.57% of the 2019-2020 traditional students in the BSN program passed the NCLEX Exam while the National Pass Rate was 87.57%. 

In 2019-2020, the Traditional Program had a completion rate of 92%. 

96.4% of 2019-2020 Traditional graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation.   

Prerequisite Courses

Printable list of prerequisite courses

English Comp I

 

3

ENG 1113

English Comp II 

 

3

ENG 1213

US Government 

 

3

PSC 1113

US History

 

3

HIST 1483 or 1493

Psychology/Sociology  (listed as Gen Ed-Social Science

 

6

PSY 1113 or SOC 1113 

Statistics^

 

3

PSY 2003 or 2113 or ECON 2843 or COMM 2513

Culture

 

3

See General Education 1 or 2 below

Developmental Psychology

 

3

PSY 2603

Nutrition

 

3

HES 2823

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

 

3

Any Western Culture General Ed. Course

2. World Culture  

3

Any World Culture General Ed.  Course

3. Understanding Art  

3

Any Artistic Forms General Ed. Course

4. Foreign Language  

6-10

Refer to description below

5. Gateway to Belonging

    3000-4000 General Education Course

 

3

OU Course UCOL 1523

 6. 3000-4000 General Education Course  

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 here.

Statistics courses taken at other colleges and universities should have a general education notation on the OU Transfer Equivalencies Database

*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)

Curriculum

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 3023

Clinical Nursing I 

NURS 3033 

Human Experience in Health & Common Illness 

NURS 3043 

Health Assessment 

NURS 3073 

Introduction to Professional Nursing 

NURS 3083 

Pharmacology in Nursing 

JUNIOR YEAR - SPRING (14 CREDIT HOURS) 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 3114 

Clinical Nursing II 

NURS 3134 

Human Experience in Acute & Chronic Illness I 

NURS 3054

Psychosocial Nursing

NURS 3162 

Human Experience of Disability 

SENIOR YEAR - FALL (15 CREDIT HOURS) 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 4054

Clinical Nursing III 

NURS 4034 

Human Experience in Acute & Chronic Illness II 

NURS 4144

Family Focused Nursing

NURS 4063 

Nursing Research 

SENIOR YEAR - SPRING (16 Credit Hours) 

Course # 

Course Title 

Credits 

NURS 4124 

Clinical Nursing IV 

NURS 4123 

Leadership in Nursing Practice 

NURS 4143 

Community Focused Nursing 

NURS 4163 

Contemporary Professional Nursing 

NURS 4213

Human Experience in Acute & Chronic Illness III 

Admission Requirements

Regular 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.

OU Norman Early Admission Requirements

The early admission option for current OU Norman students to the Traditional BSN program was created to offer outstanding prospective students the opportunity to secure positions in the BSN program earlier than the normal admission cycle. Positions are limited and applicants not admitted will be considered in the regular application/selection pool. The application deadline for early admission is December 1.

  • Apply and be admitted to the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.
    Applicant must be in good standing at the University of Oklahoma
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a scale of 4.0.
    In general, the College of Nursing does not honor academic forgiveness or reprieve policies. Each attempt at each course from each institution previously attended will be calculated into the Cumulative GPA. Newly admitted students must maintain a 3.25 GPA while completing prerequisite courses.
  • A science grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on a scale of 4.0.
    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. Newly admitted students must maintain a 3.25 GPA while completing prerequisite courses. 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.
  • Completion of two (2) of the four (4) College of Nursing prerequisite science courses (Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy, or Physiology) with at least one (1) completed at the OU Norman campus.
  • 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.
  • Completion of at least 24 semester hours of nursing prerequisite courses at the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at the time the application for admission is submitted.
  • Clarification: All students must transfer a total of 67 non-nursing credit hours, including prerequisite courses, prior to enrollment in nursing courses. Elective hours can be taken, as needed, to complete the total transfer hour requirement. For example, if an applicant only has 65 total hours after completing all prerequisites, the applicant would then need 2 elective credit hours prior to enrolling in nursing courses. All prerequisites must be completed prior to first enrollment in nursing coursework.
  • By January 15th, students applying for Early Admission must submit to OUHSC Admissions and Records a copy of Fall grades to demonstrate eligibility.
  • Admission decisions will be announced by February 1st.
  • Prior to initial College of Nursing enrollment, each newly admitted student must submit official transcripts to demonstrate completion of all required prerequisite coursework.

Timeline

  • Apply to OUHSC College of Nursing by December 1st. Documents that must accompany the application are: (1) official transcripts to document all previous coursework.
  • Conditional admission letters are delivered by e-mail in February.
  • Confirmations of acceptance and deposits must be received by OUHSC Admissions and Records within 10 days of receipt of the admissions offer.
  • Unsuccessful applicants to the Direct Early Admission program will be re-considered (without reapplication) for admission during the regular admission period and notified by March of the Admissions Committee’s decision.

Admission Contingency

A conditional admit to the BSN program by way of the Early Admission Program must satisfy all remaining admission requirements (including maintenance of minimum GPA) during the Fall and Spring terms prior to initial nursing enrollment. Should the conditional admit fail to complete the admission requirements or fail to submit documentation to confirm completion, the early admission is forfeited, and the student may apply through the next regular admission period.