Career Ladder FAQs

Are you a Career Ladder student who has questions regarding the nursing program at the University of Central Oklahoma? Below are some of the more frequently asked questions and you may find your answer here.


Am I given credit for nursing courses I have already had?

Do all nursing courses have clinicals?

How do I find out about scheduled courses?

How long will it take me to complete the requirements for the baccalaureate degree?

Do I have to apply to UCO before taking nursing courses?

May I take some of the prerequisite courses at other college?


Am I given credit for nursing courses I have already had? 

Yes. Advanced standing credit will be given for the 2000 and 3000 level Professional Nursing courses.  All 4000 level nursing courses must be completed.

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Do all nursing courses have clinicals?

NURS 4324  and NURS 4134 have clinical components. Clinical experiences are jointly planned by students and faculty, and are flexible.

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How do I find out about scheduled courses?

For information regarding the Career Ladder Program (UCO at Rose State College) , you may call the Rose State Representative  at (405) 733-7455. If you are interested in courses at Integris Baptist Medical Center, contact the Department of Nursing or Brenda Brent (405) 974-2728 in Academic Advisement at UCO. In addition, the class schedule will be posted on the UCO website.

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How long will it take me to complete the requirements for the baccalaureate degree?

For most RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing, coursework for the BSN may be completed in three semesters, depending upon the total number of college courses and hours already completed.

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Do I have to apply to UCO before taking nursing courses?

Yes. Call the Rose State Representative at (405)733-7455 (Rose State College) or Ashley Weingart at (405) 974-2728 (UCO) for more details.

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May I take some of the prerequisite courses at other college?

Yes, but all degrees require 30 hours in residence at UCO. If you have less than 30 hours at UCO, then you will not be eligible to graduate. Therefore, if you decide to take courses at other institutions, be certain that at least 30 hours are at UCO. Hours from challenge exams do not count toward the 30 resident hours required for graduation. Students must also be aware that at least 60 credit hours must come from a 4-year university.

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