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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 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 March each year.

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

The RN Track offers Associate Degree and Diploma registered nurses an opportunity to complete a Baccalaureate Degree.  RN Students who have graduated from an ACEN accredited ADN or Diploma Program qualify for the Oklahoma Articulation Agreement and receive advanced standing credit for the Junior Level Nursing Courses.  RN’s who have not graduated from an ACEN accredited program will be evaluated on an individual basis, and may be required to validate prior learning by various Acceleration Challenge Exams.

RN Track: Minimum criteria for RN applicants seeking admission to the senior nursing courses, with the exception of the RN Progression and Professional Issues in Nursing course, are:

1.   Meet NWOSU admission requirements.  A current copy of all official transcripts, from high school and colleges/universities, is to be sent to the Registrar’s Office, with unofficial copies to the Division of Nursing.

2.   Graduate from an ACEN accredited Associate Degree or Diploma Program.

3.   Minimum of “C” grade in prerequisite coursework.

4.   Minimum retention grade point average (RGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

5.   A current license to practice nursing in the State of Oklahoma prior to entering senior clinical courses.

6.   Prior learning and experience in the health care field.  Criteria will be evaluated on a case-by-base basis, for course or clinical credits.

7.   Complete application & references; submit to Division of Nursing by the application deadline stated on the website and be admitted to the Nursing Program.

8.  In accordance with Oklahoma Articulation Agreement and NWOSU Board of Regents, RN’s will receive credit for all junior level nursing courses and the following pre-requisite courses:

Anatomy/Physiology – 4 hours
Pharmacology – 3 hours
Nutrition – 3 hours
Human Life Span – 3 hours
Medical Terminology – 2 hours 

LPN/BSN Completion Track:

LPN students will receive credit for the Introduction to Nursing Concepts, Medical Terminology, and Nursing Practicum courses and may receive extra-institutional learning credit by exam for the following courses, following successful completion of twelve (12) hours credit at NWOSU with a minimum grade of “C” or better.  Credit awarded for extra-institutional learning may be applied to a degree in nursing subject to meeting NWOSU requirements.  LPN students may test out of the following courses:

Physiology – 4 hours
Nutrition – 3 hours
Human Life Span – 3 hours
Pharmacology – 3 hours

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 PN/RN Progression Course* (3 hrs) including a one-hour clinical lab requirement on entry into the nursing program.

* The PN-RN Progression Course is limited to LPN and RN student enrollment.

Forms: (in PDF format)
Acknowledgement of General Information Packet
BSN Application for Admission
Application Packet List
Course Descriptions
General Information Packet
History and Physical Form
Reference Form
Student Immunization Record Form