Career Advancement Information

Career Ladder GradsThe Career Advancement program is available for RNs who are interested in furthering their education at the University of Central Oklahoma.  To find out how you can obtaining a baccalaureate degree as a Career Advancement Student, review our guide and overview of the process.

Applications are accepted for the RN to BS program in the Fall and in the Spring.  A student who has completed all prerequisites and chooses the full-time option may complete the program in as little as 2 semesters.  Preference dates for application are the last Friday in March and the last Friday in October of each year. Students who apply after the preference date will be admitted based on space available and applications must be received by the first Friday in August for the Fall semester or the second Friday in December for the Spring semester.  Check our list of our suggested plan of study options for full-time and part-time completion.

Applications for this program may be obtained from the Nursing Office in the Coyner Health Sciences Building on the UCO campus, or may be downloaded from our Application page.

If you are an LPN and interested in furthering your nursing education, we no longer accept students into our LPN to BS program.  You have two options for continuing your education at the University of Central Oklahoma:

  • Option 1:  Apply to the five semester traditional nursing program.  While this program is longer than the three semester program previously offered, students can attend as soon as prerequisite courses are completed without the one year of experienced previously required for the LPN to BS program.
  • Option 2:  Attend one of the local LPN to RN programs at the associate degree level.  Once the RN license is obtained and prerequisite courses are completed, you will be eligible for our RN to BS program provided you meet the other admission standards.

For more information and to set up a meeting regarding your plan of study, please contact the Career Advancement Coordinator, Leann Laubach. 

To have the academic advisor for nursing review your transcript to see what courses you need, please contact Karen Davis, the Nursing Academic Advisor.  If you have not previously attended UCO and would like to see which of your credits will transfer, email the Transfer office at or call 405 974-2456.

To view additional information, check out the RN to BS brochure.

         Academic Degree Requirements

124 total college-level credit hours.

30 hours at UCO exclusive of correspondence and extension credit.

15 of the last 30 hours applying toward the degree must be satisfactorily completed at UCO.

60 semester hours, excluding physical education activity courses, from college that award bachelor's degrees (senior colleges/universities).

40 semester hours, excluding physical education activity courses, of upper division (3000 and 4000) level.

15 semester hours of major courses at the upper division (3000 and 4000) level.

10 semester hours in the major in residence at UCO.

         University Policy Regarding Transferring Hours

A student transferring to UCO with an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science from an accredited Oklahoma state institution or a bachelor's degree from an Oklahoma public baccalaureate granting institution is considered to have completed the general education requirements for a UCO bachelor's degree provided the appropriate Regent's minimum requirements have been met. Students may be required to take courses in general education to meet prerequisites for major requirements or to complete major support course requirements.

A minimum of 60 semester hours of course work, excluding physical education activity courses, applied toward a bachelor's degree must be earned at a senior (baccalaureate granting) institution.

For more information, contact the Transfer Student Support Office at 405-974-2456

         Working While Attending the Nursing Program

If you are working full-time, it is very difficult to attend nursing school full-time. For the RN to BS student we have designed full-time, part-time, and career friendly options.  To review these options, click on each of the provided links.  Additional information is available by visiting with the Career Advancement Coordinator or the Academic Advisor for Nursing.