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Division of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program:

Professional Nursing Education 

Northwestern offers a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN) in Nursing.  Since the inception of the Division of Nursing in1982 two tracks have been offered for obtaining a baccalaureate in nursing.  A BSN provides the foundation of study that can serve as a basis for pursuing advanced education in nursing.

First, the four-year Generic or Traditional Track provides the educational opportunities essential for the preparation of a professional nurse.  Upon completion of all program requirements, the Generic Graduate is eligible to write the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN).

Second, the nursing program offers educational mobility to RN’s & LPN’s who desire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  The Nursing program, in conjunction with the OK Board of Regents and the “Oklahoma Articulation Agreement” may grant college credit to those individuals who qualify for extra institutional learning.

Selection of students is based on the potential for success in completing the program.  Acceptance into the nursing program is contingent upon meeting the following criteria and available enrollment space in desired courses.

A.  Generic Track:

Minimum criteria for generic or traditional 4-year curriculum applicants, seeking admission to the junior nursing courses, are:

1.   Current admission standards are being reviewed and will be posted at a later date.

2.   Completion of all courses listed as prerequisites to the nursing major with a minimum of “C” before entering the junior nursing courses, maintaining the RGPA requirement of 2.50.  Applicants completing prerequisite coursework during summer session may be admitted conditionally pending attainment of the specified RGPA, and a minimum grade of “C” in the prerequisite courses prior to beginning the junior nursing courses in the Fall.

Ranger Connection  1011
English 1113 & English 1213
General Chemistry 1105
General Psychology 1113
Human Anatomy 3184
Human Physiology 3194
Introductory Sociology 1113
College Algebra 1513 or Contemporary Math 1403
Microbiology 3115
Statistics 1313 or 4213
Nutrition 1820 (3 hours)
History 1483 or 1493
Pathophysiology 3033

Human Life Span 3123
Political Science 1113
Finance 1113
Leadership 2003
Foreign Language (4 hours)

5.   It is strongly recommended that applicants not repeat more than one science course one time.   A withdrawal counts as a repeat.

6.   Complete application and submit to the Division of Nursing, with references. Generic Track Applications are reviewed by the Division of Nursing Admissions Committee beginning in February each year.

7.   Completion of the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam.

7.   Completion of a History & Physical Exam, and Student records as indicated in the Application Packet. 

B. LPN/BSN Completion Track:

LPN students may receive credit for the Introduction to Nursing Concepts and may receive additional credit based upon any articulation agreements that may exist with the Career Tech programs. (Consult a faculty advisor for further information). 

LPN students will enter the nursing program during fall semester of the junior year and be able to complete required nursing courses in four semesters, if attending as full-time students.  Students will take the Role Transition Course* (3 hrs online) the summer prior to starting the nursing program.


C. RN to BSN Program Track:

RN students may complete their BSN degrees through the Online RN-to-BSN Program at NWOSU.  Please see the link on this website for the program.