Traditional Student Information

Assest Building exerciseAt the University of Central Oklahoma, the traditional nursing student is someone who has not yet obtained a license to practice nursing. This may be a student who is attending college for the first time, or it may be a student who has already earned a degree in another field and has decided that nursing is in their future.

Admission to the Upper Division of Nursing

Students who expect to become candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing are required to make formal application to the Chairperson of the Department of Nursing for admission to the upper division of nursing. This application may be made upon completion or during the process of completing 48 semester hours of college credits. Applications and references must be submitted to the Department of Nursing before the application deadline prior to entrance to the junior year of nursing This deadline is the second Friday in September  for the Spring semester and the last Friday in January for the Fall semester.

In the selection of candidates, faculty are guided by the following criteria:

  • A minimum retentive grade point average of 2.50 in all course work completed at the time of application.
  • A minimum grade of "C" in chemistry, all biological sciences, NURS 1221  and NURS 2113 is required. Two  of the five required science courses must be successfully completed prior to the application deadline. Human Anatomy MUST be completed before NURS 2207 Foundations of Nursing. 
  • Score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  • A criminal background check.
  • Meet "Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the Department of Nursing"
  • International students (i.e. students for who English is a second language regardless of resident status) must have a minimum TOEFL score of 560 on the Paper-based examination, or 83 on the Internet-based examination.
  • Formal approval by the selection committee is required for admission. Preference is given to University of Central Oklahoma students. The student will be notified eight to ten weeks after the filing date as to the disposition of the application.
  • Students transferring to the University of Central Oklahoma from other institutions are expected to fulfill all requirements specified for regularly enrolled students. The two lower division nursing courses (NURS 1221 - Introduction to nursing and NURS 2113 -Individual and Family Development Through the Lifespan) must be completed at UCO before the first semester of the junior year of nursing. Call the Department of Nursing  for detailed information.

Progression in the Program

  • To continue in the Nursing Program, candidates must show evidence of satisfactory progress toward graduation and comply with all requirements as indicated in the UCO Undergraduate Catalog, UCO Student Handbook, and the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
  • A minimum grade of "C" MUST be obtained in all professional courses.
  • Students may enroll a maximum of two times in any nursing course.

Pinning ReceptionOther Requirements

  • Transportation to the clinical area and to other special assignments is the responsibility of each student.
  • Professional liability insurance is required of all students for the duration of the program. Information is available from the Department of Nursing.
  • Additional expenses for the nursing major include such items as uniforms, equipment, and fees for achievement tests.
  • Documentation of immunizations: see UCO Department of Nursing Student Handbook for required immunizations.
  • Current CPR Certification as a American Heart Association Health Care Provider.
  • A criminal background check.