About UCO Nursing

Brief History

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 3500 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 at both the state and national level.  The undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing (OBN), 2915 N Classen, Ste 524, Oklahoma City, OK 73106, (405) 962-1821 and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite, 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Design


Undergraduate students are admitted in the Spring and in the Fall semesters and begin the five semester nursing program as second semester sophomores. This gives the nursing student additional time in the clinical setting beyond what is found in a traditional four semester program. The spring and fall admission allows class sizes to remain small so students benefits from a decreased faculty to student ratio, yet increases the number of nursing graduates available to meet the nursing shortage.

RN to BS Track

The RN to BS Track is designed with the practicing nurse in mind, allowing the practicing nurse the ability to complete their degree at a pace that will meet individual needs.  This track can be completed in 2 semesters (full-time) or as a part-time program.

Graduate Students

There are two tracks available for students interested in moving from a baccalaureate degree in nursing to a masters degree in nursing.  Students may choose to earn a masters degree with an emphasis in nursing education or may earn a masters degree with a specialty focus in nursing.  Many students choose the leadership option, but other options are available.


To become one of the next students admitted to the Nursing Program at the University of Central Oklahoma, applications for the Baccalaureate Program are available in the Nursing Office on Campus or on the BS-Nursing Program application page. Applications for the RN to BS track are now available on the RN to BS page.  Applicants for the Master of Science, Nursing Degree will find a link to this application on the MS-Nursing Program application page.