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What is nursing?

Nursing is an essential part of the health care team, encompassing health promotion, illness prevention and care provision to people of all ages, in various health care and community settings. Knowledge and experience gained from a BSN program prepares nurses to provide exceptional care in the challenging health care environment and offers more opportunities for employment and advancement, as well as higher pay.

Why nursing at OSU?

OSU provides nursing students with an experience grounded in research, preparing tomorrow’s nurse leaders and nurse scientists. Students develop critical thinking and clinical judgment through classes, extensive clinical experience and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Students have a unique opportunity to focus on serving underserved and rural populations and are prepared to infuse prevention and total wellness practices in health care systems.

Career Paths

There is a critical need for nurses in Oklahoma and across the country. BSN prepared nurses can work in acute care facilities as well as community settings such as schools, health departments or home health. BSN graduates are prepared to pursue advanced practice degrees to become nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse leaders. 


Clinical Experiences  

Students in this program will have hands-on experience with patients in both rural and urban settings. Six hundred hours of clinical experience will be gained through partnership with medical facilities such as Stillwater Medical Center, OSU Medical Center-Tulsa and more as the program expands. 

Simulation Lab

The university is renovating space on campus to create a new, fully equipped simulation lab for the program, targeted for completion in 2024.

Career Readiness

Upon completion of the program, students will have met all program/course requirements to sit for the NCLEX exam.


Required Secondary Admission Application

Prospective students who want to pursue a degree in nursing must complete OSU's undergraduate admissions application and select nursing as their major.


Students will complete 59 hours of prerequisite coursework early in the degree plan, which includes general education and science-focused courses. In the semester prior to completing prerequisite coursework, students will submit a competitive secondary application to continue professional coursework, which includes laboratories, simulations and clinical experiences, toward a nursing degree


The deadline to complete the competitive secondary application for the fall 2024 semester of professional nursing coursework is January 31, 2024.


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