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 accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The BSN-to-DNP Nursing Program for the preparation of Family Nurse Practitioners has received full approval from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The yearly application process begins in October.
Our nursing conceptual framework is based on Jean Watson’s caring theory and several other important concepts.
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Assistant
(580) 327-8442; Fax (580) 327-8434
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Coordinator
(580)327-8493; Fax (580) 327-8434
Dr. Leslie Collins
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Chair
Professor of Nursing
Mrs. Heidi Ritchie
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing BSN Program Director
Instructor of Nursing
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
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 Northwestern Nursing graduate."
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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
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 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
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
For questions regarding the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program accreditation, write to:
3390 Peachtree Rd., NE
Atlanta, Ga. 30326
Phone - 404-975-5000
The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 2001, 202-887-6791
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). A total of 25 credit hours toward the BSN degree and a student may test out of an additional three (3) credit hours.
- Northwest Technology Center
- Autry Technology center
- High Plains Technology Center
- Pioneer Technology Center
Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Nursing program has established RN-to-BSN Pathways for students who wish to obtain their BSN after completing their Associates degree nursing programs and obtaining their Registered Nurse License with the Community Colleges listed below.
These RN-to-BSN pathways decrease barriers for degree completion and allows students access to interim courses to help with enrollment and plan of study progression.
- Northern Oklahoma College
- Redlands Community College
Degree Planning Resources
Plans of Study
- Traditional BSN - Freshman Student
- Traditional Nursing - BSN with existing AA or Bachelors
- LPN-to-BSN - LPN Grads with Articulation Agreement
- LPN-to-BSN - LPN Grads without Articulation Agreement
- Online RN-to-BSN Program
- BSN-to-DNP - 3 Year Program - Full Time
- BSN-to-DNP - 4 Year Program - Part Time
Departmental Program Highlights
- Traditional BSN and online RN-to-BSN programs
- 100% job placement for BSN students
- NCLEX pass rates: 92% (2019), 88.5% (2020), 88.23% (2021)
- Dedicated faculty who have an open door policy and are always willing to go above and beyond for their students
- Employers seek out NWOSU 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 pediatric 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 Skills Lab Coordinator.
Dr. KeEra Byrd
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing
Northwestern - Alva
Nursing In the News
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:
- 2021-2022 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2020-2021 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2019-2020 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2018-2019 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2017-2018 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2016-2017 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2015-2016 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2014-2015 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
- 2013-2014 NWOSU Nursing Program Outcomes
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 https://ournorthwestern.org/make-an-investment/scholarships, 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.
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