Recognizing that nursing is both an art and a science and understanding that nursing education should take place in the university setting, in 1969 the diploma program at Baptist Memorial Hospital joined with the university to establish the Bachelor of Science with a nursing major. The first 18 graduates of this new program received their degrees and were eligible for licensure in 1972. Since that time well over 2000 men and women have graduated from the nursing program at the University of Central Oklahoma and have begun practice as professional nurses.
Believing in the importance of accreditation, the nursing program at the University of Central Oklahoma holds accreditation status both at the national level and at the state level.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.
Programs are also accredited by the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing (OBN), 2915 N Classen, Ste. 524, Oklahoma City, OK, 73106, 405-962-1821.
Undergraduate students are admitted in the Spring and in the Fall semesters and begin our five semester nursing program as second semester sophomores. This gives the nursing student additional time in the clinical setting beyond what would be found in a traditional four semester program. The dual admission allows class sizes to remain small so the student benefits from a decreased faculty to student ratio, yet increases the number of nursing graduates to meet the nursing shortage.
The Career Advancement program is designed with the practicing nurse in mind. Courses are offered in the evenings with most courses meeting only one night per week. This allows the practicing the nurse the flexibility to continue to work and to attend classes.
To become one of the next students admitted to the Nursing Program at the University of Central Oklahoma, check out our Application pages.