posterpresentationRecognizing that nursing is both an art and a science and understanding that nursing education should take place in the university setting, in 1969 the diploma program at Baptist Memorial Hospital joined with the university to establish the Bachelor of Science with a nursing major. The first 18 graduates of this new program received their degrees and were eligible for licensure in 1972. Since that time well over 2000 men and women have graduated from the nursing program at the University of Central Oklahoma and have begun practice as professional nurses.

The Department of Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) since 1972 and the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing (OBN).   For more information on what this means, you can check out their website or you can contact them at:

ACEN

OBN

Dr. Sharon Tanner
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N Classen, Ste. 524
OKC, OK   73106
TEL: 405.962.1800 FAX: 405.962.1821

Both the ACEN and the OBN visited the University of Central Oklahoma in the Spring of 2010 for continuing accreditation status.

While change is never easy one of the hallmarks of a good nurse is the ability to be flexible and the Department of Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma is no exception to this rule. In the past, students were admitted in the Spring semester and began their clinical nursing courses in the Fall of the bpscreeningJunior year. Students are now admitted in the Spring and in the Fall and begin their clinical nursing courses in the second semester of their Sophomore semester. This change in the curriculum allows for an increased number of graduates (from 80 per year to 120 per year) and gives the nursing student additional time in the clinical setting. The dual admission allows class sizes to remain small so the student benefits from a decreased faculty to student ratio, yet increase the number of nursing graduates to meet the nursing shortage. This is an exciting change and the faculty in the Nursing Department have embraced this challenge!

The Career Advancement program is designed with the practicing nurse in mind. Courses are offered off campus allowing the non traditional student the flexibility necessary to work and go to school. These courses are taught in the evenings on the UCO campus or at Rose State College in Midwest City, OK.

To become one of the next students admitted to the Nursing Program at the University of Central Oklahoma, check out our Application pages.