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Welcome to the Division of Nursing

It is an exciting time to be a Registered Nurse!  Never before have so many career opportunities been open to RNs prepared with a BSN. The Nursing Program at NWOSU prepares its graduates to tackle the role of the professional registered nurse in a variety of settings and lays the foundation for its graduates to pursue advanced nursing education and leadership roles.        

The NWOSU Nursing program is among the top in the state with the national RN licensing examination (NCLEX) pass rates. The BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN). The BSN-to-DNP program for Family Nurse Practitioners has received provisional approval from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. In April 2014, we were proud to be ranked in the Top 20 National Nursing Programs by CollegeAtlas.org based on academic quality, accessibility, affordability, and program outcomes.

Our nursing conceptual framework is based on Jean Watson’s caring theory and several other important concepts.

Faculty

BSN Program

Online RN-to-BSN Program

BSN-to-DNP Doctoral Program

Information Request Form

American Nurses Association

Contacts:

Linda Banks
Division of Nursing Administrative Assistant,
(580)327-8493; Fax (580) 327-8434 
lkbanks@nwosu.edu

Dr. Shelly Wells 
Division of Nursing Chair
Professor of Nursing
(580) 327-8489 
scwells@nwosu.edu

Dr. Leslie Collins 
Assistant Professor of Nursing 
Assist. Co-Chair Alva 
Division of Nursing 
(580) 327-8496 
lncollins@nwosu.edu

Dr. Cheryl Kent 
Assistant Professor of Nursing 
Assist. Co-Chair Enid 
Division of Nursing 
(580) 213-3159 
ckkent@nwosu.edu

Dr. Pat Thompson
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director
Associate Profesor of Nursing
Division of Nursing
(580)-327-8497
prthompson@nwosu.edu  


 

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Division of Nursing Program Outcomes

The Division of Nursing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University values its role and recognizes its responsibility in preparing baccalaureate-prepared nurses for northwestern Oklahoma and the surrounding areas.  The Division is proud to share its program outcomes with our stakeholders:

Accreditation

Nursing Program Accreditation and Approval

The Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) has reaffirmed full accreditation status for Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program following a site review of the program in 2014.

The actions of ACEN further validates the academic standing of our nursing program and supports the changes that have been made to further strengthen the program.  Each member of the nursing faculty has successfully met the challenges of assuring the curriculum and clinical experiences meet the needs of the professional marketplace.

Patterns of strength noted by the evaluators included affordability and accessibility through distance learning technology, strong library facilities with state-of-the-art on-line services, articulate and mature students who are committed to the program, strong community commitment and support, and evidenced support of the Northwestern administration for the program, faculty and students.

The BSN-to-DNP Nursing Program will be submitted for national accreditation after the first year of courses have been completed as required by the national accreditation agencies.

The Northwestern Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The BSN-to DNP Nursing Program for the preparation of Family Nurse Practitioners has received provisional approval of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N. Classen Blvd, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 962-1800


For questions regarding the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program accreditation, write to:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing logo

 

ACEN
3343 Peachtree Rd., NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, Ga. 30326

Phone - 404-975-5000

Articulation Agreements

Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Nursing program participates in articulation agreements with selected career technology centers within its region, as listed below.

These agreements apply only to students who have earned a nationally recognized certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). 

  • Northwest Technology Center
  • Autry Technology center
  • High Plains Technology Center
  • Pioneer Technology Center

Scholarships

For information on available on NWOSU Foundation scholarships, please contact Dr. Jennifer Mahieu at jlmahieu@nwosu.edu.

NWOHEC Scholarship
NW Oklahoma Healthcare Coalition
2929 E. Randolph, Rm 130
Enid, OK  73701
Carol Williams, 580-747-1977

Ketterman Nursing Lab

The Ketterman Lab, located on the Enid Campus, and the Wymer Lab, located on the second floor of Carter Hall on the Alva campus, provide support to the clinical education of nursing students and health care staff in the northwestern region, as well as recruitment tours for school children and clinical education opportunities for allied health and medical personnel/students in the area.

High fidelity adult, child and maternity/baby simulators allow nursing students practice skills and clinical scenarios comparable to what they will encounter with patients/ families in the clinical setting. Practicing in this setting is a safe environment for students to learn, make mistakes and adapt to ways to better function as a health care professional.  This is also true for practicing health care professionals who use the lab for skills practice, clinical scenario practice and certification and continuing education classes. 

Services Available at the Ketterman Lab

This is a list of courses we offer and rates for using the Ketterman Clinical Lab.

American Heart Association CPR courses (HCP, Family and Friends and Heartsaver courses)

New course- $45/person up to six people in a course
Renewal Course- $35/person up to six people in a course

Please contact the Ketterman Clinical Lab Coordinator for the following services and costs: 

•  Facility usage
•  Advanced training
•  Best practice Skills renewal for nursing and nurse aid skills

Contact Information:

Jean Wahlgren, MSNE,RN
Coordinator of Ketterman Lab
Division of Nursing
Northwestern - Enid
(580) 213-3157
jcwahlgren@nwosu.edu

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709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717
Phone: (580) 327-1700

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