Nursing 22-23

School of Professional Studies

Welcome to the Charles Morton Share Trust 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 Charles Morton Share Trust 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 is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.  The BSN- to DNP Nursing Program for the preparation of Family Nurse Practitioners has received full  approval from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. In April 2014, we were proud to be ranked in the Top 20 National Nursing Programs by based on academic quality, accessibility, affordability, and program outcomes. The yearly application process begins in October.

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

The Kaplan Nursing Program Admission Test dates are available after October 1. Please contact Pam Hess, the Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Administrative Assistant, to schedule your exam at (580)-327-8493.



BSN Program

Online RN-to-BSN Program

BSN-to-DNP Doctoral Program

Information Request Form

American Nurses Association


Pam Hess
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Administrative Assistant,
(580)327-8493; Fax (580) 327-8434

Dr. Leslie Collins 
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Chair
Professor of Nursing
(580) 327-8489

Dr. Courtney Ballina
Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director
Assistant Professor of Nursing Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing (580)-327-8497 

Melissa Brown, M.Ed 
Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice Administrative Assistant
(580) 327-8442


Student Spotlight

Cheyenne Jones, 2020 Graduate 

"The BSN nursing program holds a special place in my heart. It truly shaped me into the nurse I am today. I felt so prepared to take on my first job as a new graduate in any specialty. The one on one learning and clinical experience is unmatched. The professors care about you as a person. I am proud to tell anyone that I am a NWOSU  Nursing graduate."

Ranked No. 4 by - 
Online Higher Education in Healthcare for both Online RN-to-BSN program and Online BSN-to-DNP program

Best Online Degree in Healthcare badge


Nursing Program Accreditation and Approval

The Bachelors of Science (BSN) Degree in Nursing program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University located in Alva OK, Enid OK, Woodward OK, and University Center in Ponca City OK is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for the Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is continuing accreditation.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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 full 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


3390 Peachtree Rd., NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, Ga. 30326
Phone - 404-975-5000

CCNE Seal for Accreditation


For questions regarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program accreditation,  write to:  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: 202-887-6791

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

Course Rotations

Departmental Program Highlights

  • Nursing infoTraditional BSN and online RN-to-BSN programs
  • 100% job placement for BSN students
  • 92% NCLEX pass rate (2019) 
  • Dedicated faculty who have an open door policy and are always willing to go above and beyond for their students
  • Employers seek out NW nursing students during school and after graduation with job opportunities
  • Department follows a “family” mentality
  • Oklahoma LPN students may receive advance standing for multiple courses
  • Student representation on faculty committees
  • In order to stay current with their areas of expertise, faculty complete continuing education hours in addition to professional development hours each year

Nursing Practice Laboratories

Northwestern Nursing Practice Laboratories

The Ketterman Lab, located on the Enid Campus, provides support to the clinical education of nursing students and healthcare staff in northwest Oklahoma. Students of all ages, allied health and medical personnel tour the lab or attend an American Heart Association Basic Life Support class, or a specific simulation designed to meet the students’ learning outcomes.

The Wymer Lab, located on the second floor of Carter Hall on the Alva Campus provides support to Northwestern Oklahoma State University nursing students with high fidelity adult, child, and maternity simulators.

A smaller Nursing Practice Lab with an adult and infant simulator is available for nursing students on the Woodward campus and the AllianceHealth Ponca City hospital houses a nursing practice lab facility for student use.

The high-fidelity adult, child, maternity, and infant simulators along with volunteer standardized patients allow practice of nursing skills and communication in a safe learning environment. Simulation practice prepares nursing students for the clinical setting by increasing confidence. Students experience a variety of simulation situations which may or may not be commonly present in the clinical setting.  Simulation by health care professionals improves patient outcomes in the health care setting.

To arrange or schedule a tour or class in any of the Nursing Practice Lab settings, contact the Ketterman Lab Coordinator.

Contact Information:

Jean Wahlgren, MSNE,RN
Coordinator of Ketterman Lab
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing
Northwestern - Enid
(580) 213-3157

Program Outcomes for Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing

The Charles Morton Share Trust 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 Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing is proud to share its program outcomes with our stakeholders:  



Scholarship opportunities are available for students in this department.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at at, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

For additional information, please visit Scholarships, as well as contacting Dr. Jennifer Mahieu at

NWOHEC Scholarship
NW Oklahoma Healthcare Coalition
2929 E. Randolph, Rm 130
Enid, OK  73701
Carol Williams, 580-747-197

State Licensure Information

State Board Statutes - July 1, 2020

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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

© 2008-2023 Northwestern Oklahoma State
University. All Rights Reserved.

Mission Statement

Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides quality educational and cultural opportunities to learners with diverse needs by cultivating ethical leadership and service, critical thinking and fiscal responsibility.

Proud Member of RUSO