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Get certified in Pre-Nursing

The College of Education and Human Sciences is excited to help you on your path to a career in nursing. Our two-year curriculum guides you through the fundamental courses on a successful educational journey towards a BSN. Our desire is to provide you with the highest quality of knowledge and groundwork to best prepare you to apply for a bachelor’s degree in nursing program. 


There are multiple pathways to a career in nursing. The Pre-Nursing Certificate path provided at Oklahoma State University is one in which you complete two years of prerequisite science and general education courses at OSU before applying to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Students should verify the prerequisite requirements for BSN programs of interest to determine if additional courses are needed to supplement the certificate.


Coursework (62 total hours)

This certificate includes introductory courses in general studies as well as many field-specific courses in subject areas of biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, psychology and sociology that are required for admission to most nursing schools. A pre-nursing certificate prepares students for continued education in a nursing program as well as a variety of other bachelor's degrees in healthcare related fields. 


Advising and Success Services

You will be academically advised and supported by professional student services staff in the College of Education and Human Sciences who strive to help you learn, develop and succeed in college and in your future. Additionally, OSU’s pre-professional support services is designed to help students who want to pursue a professional education in health related fields. In addition to your college student services staff and OSU’s pre-professional support services, your program director can help you with evaluation of professional pathways, academic and extra-curricular preparation, exploration of potential programs and nursing school application preparation and submission. 

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Career Options

Nursing is one of the fastest growing careers and nurses have one of the most important jobs in healthcare. A successful completion of a BSN nursing degree prepares you for work in a variety of care settings including:

  • Clinics
  • Government Agencies
  • Home Health
  • Hospice and Long Term Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Public Health
  • Schools
  • Various Leadership and Management Roles
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