Career Advancement FAQs

Are you a Career Advancement student who has questions regarding the nursing program at the University of Central Oklahoma? Below are some of the more frequently asked questions and you may find your answer here.


Am I given credit for nursing courses I have already taken?

Do all nursing courses have clinicals?

How do I find out about scheduled courses?

How long will it take me to complete the requirements for the baccalaureate degree?

How long will it take me to complete the requirements for the masters degree if I am in the RN to MS program?

Do I have to apply to UCO before taking nursing courses?

I will graduate from my Associate Degree in Nursing this semester but will not have my license before the application preference date.  Can I still apply for next semester?

May I take some of the prerequisite courses at other college?

What is the approximate cost of the program?


Am I given credit for nursing courses I have already taken? 

Yes. Advanced standing credit will be given for the 2000 and 3000 level Professional Nursing courses.  All 4000 level nursing courses must be completed at UCO.

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Do all nursing courses have clinicals?

Students in the baccalaureate portion of the RN to BS and RN to MS programs have one course with a practicum component, Community and Public Health.  The practicum hours completed in this course are designed to assist the student in the completion of his or her capstone project.

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How do I find out about scheduled courses?

To develop your plan of study contact the Career Advancement Coordinator at (405) 974-5179.  In addition, the class schedule is posted on the UCO website.  To see course descriptions, go to the Required Courses:  Career Advancement page.

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How long will it take me to complete the requirements for the baccalaureate degree?

If attending full-time, coursework for the baccalaureate degree may be completed in two semesters once the student is admitted to the nursing program.

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How long will it take me to complete the requirements of the Masters degree if I am in the RN to MS program?

Provided you have successfully completed the 9 hours of masters level courses during the baccalaureate degree, once the baccalaureate degree has been confirmed, you can complete the masters coursework in three additional semesters. 

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Do I have to apply to UCO before taking nursing courses?

Yes. Call the Transfer Office at (405) 974-2456 for more details.  To have your transcript reviewed prior to applying to UCO, you should contact this office by phone or by email at transfer@uco.edu.

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I will graduate from my Associate Degree in Nursing this semester but will not have my license before the application preference date.  Can I still apply for next semester?

Yes.  We understand that some students may be ready to get started on their baccalaureate degree immediately after obtaining their RN license.  When submitting your application, indicate you will be graduating from your associate degree after the preference date has passed and will be sitting for your NCLEX as soon as possible.  Your application will be accepted as conditional pending completion of your associate degree and obtaining your license.  Once you pass NCLEX you may start your nursing coursework.  If you do not pass NCLEX, you will not be able to start nursing classes until you do.

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May I take some of the prerequisite courses at another college?

Yes, but all degrees require 30 hours in residence at UCO. If you decide to take courses at other institutions, be certain that at least 30 hours are at UCO. Hours from challenge exams do not count toward the 30 resident hours required for graduation. Students must also be aware that at least 60 credit hours must come from a 4-year university.

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What is the approximate cost of the program?

If you have not yet taken courses at UCO you will need to complete a minimum of 30 hours in residency at UCO.  If you are in the RN to BS program, you will need to calculate your cost based on 30 hours at UCO with 24 of those hours as nursing credits.  If you are in the RN to MS program, 9 of your credits will be masters level courses.  To calculate your approximate total costs, use the tuition calculator available on the UCO Enrollment Management website.

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