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.

Believing in the importance of accreditation, the nursing program at the University of Central Oklahoma holds accreditation status from multiple organizations.  The undergraduate program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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:



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

Additionally, the baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Undergraduate students are admitted in the Spring and in the Fall semesters and begin our five semester nursing program as second semester sophomores. This gives the nursing student additional time in the clinical setting beyond what would be found in a traditional four semester program. The dual admission allows class sizes to remain small so the student benefits from a decreased faculty to student ratio, yet increases the number of nursing graduates to meet the nursing shortage.

The Career Advancement program is designed with the practicing nurse in mind. Courses are offered in the evenings with most courses meeting only one night per week.  This allows the practicing the nurse the flexibility to continue to work and to attend classes.

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