Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Master of Science degree
Caveat:  If there is a conflict, university and program policies take priority

What are the admission requirements?

My GPA doesn’t meet that requirement, are there any options?

When are applications accepted?

Where do I apply?

When will I be notified if I have been admitted?

Do I need to take an admission exam such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT)?

How much experience is required to apply?

I’m going to be a nurse educator, why do I need to take Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment, and Advanced Pharmacology?

I haven’t been working in medical surgical settings. Will I be able to be successful in courses like Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment, and Advanced Pharmacology?

I didn’t have a course called Pathophysiology in my BS degree, am I still eligible to enter?

I’m going to continue to work in the acute care setting, why do I need to take Teaching, Learning, and Nursing Theories?

Can I take all of my course work online?

How are the practicum/clinical experiences coordinated?

Is there an Associate to Master’s degree option?

Are there clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner options?

Can I transfer credit from another university into this degree?

Is the program accredited?

Where can I find more information about admission requirements and academic regulations of the graduate college?

What are the estimated costs of the program?

I took undergraduate courses at UCO, do I still need to provide transcripts to the graduate college?

 

What are the admission requirements?

a.    A minimum 3.00 GPA overall or 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.
b.    Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an NLNAC or AACN accredited program or its equivalent with at least a 3.00 GPA.
c.    Current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Oklahoma. Complete an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics.
d.    Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.

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My GPA doesn’t meet that requirement, are there any options?

Application may be made for conditional admission by students having an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 or at least 2.25 with five years having passed since the date of the first bachelor’s degree.

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When are applications accepted?

Applications are accepted at any time. New classes begin in the spring and fall semesters. Preference for admission is given to individuals who submit applications by November 1st for spring admissions and by April 1st for fall admissions.

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Where do I apply?

You can submit a paper or online application for admission to the Jackson College of Graduate Studies (JCGS), 100 N. University Dr., Nigh University center, Rm. 404, Edmond, OK 73034.

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When will I be notified if I have been admitted?

The admission committee will send out letters within 3 weeks of the preferred application time.

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Do I need to take an admission exam such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT)?

No, these tests are not required.

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How much experience is required to apply?

No experience is required. Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Oklahoma

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I’m going to be a nurse educator, why do I need to take Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment, and Advanced Pharmacology? 

The University of Central Oklahoma nursing program believes that whether the master’s prepared nurse plans on working in acute care, long term care, home health, education, administration or any of the many available areas the nurse should have a strong core of science coursework  at the master’s level. It is our goal to provide the coursework in a manner that reviews, reinforces and builds on material learned at the undergraduate level. Advanced clinical practice education provides future educators with the tools needed to practice in the 21st century. 

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I haven’t been working in medical surgical settings. Will I be able to be successful in courses like Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment, and Advanced Pharmacology?

Definitely! The nursing faculty are committed to providing course materials in a manner that facilitates success, regardless of your area of practice. Downloadable audio lectures will be available to any individual, regardless of whether they are enrolled in course work, allowing for each person to proceed at their own pace through the material.

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I didn’t have a course called Pathophysiology in my BS degree, am I still eligible to enter?

Yes. It is very common for Pathophysiology to be integrated in other courses in the undergraduate degree. It is assumed that any applicant with a BS in Nursing has had sufficient pathophysiology content to take the Advanced Pathophysiology course.

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I’m going to continue to work in the acute care setting, why do I need to take Teaching, Learning, and Nursing Theories?

Facilitating learning is an integral part of a nurse’s practice, regardless of the setting. An understanding of theories helps support an evidence-based model of practice. Many masters prepared nurses in clinical care settings are recruited to assist with clinical instruction as adjunct faculty.

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Can I take all of my course work online?

No. Courses are designed as hybrid, with approximately half of the time meeting face-to-face and half of the time online. This type of coursework provides the advantage of instructor/student interaction combined with decreased classroom time.

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How are the practicum/clinical experiences coordinated?

Clinicals will be individualized to each student. Days, hours and locations are flexible. Faculty will work with students to locate a clinical/internship site that will provide a valuable experience suited to the individual’s learning needs.

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Is there an Associate to Master’s degree option?

This option is currently not available.

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Are there clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner options?

Those options are currently not available.

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Can I transfer credit from another university into this degree?

A maximum of 10 (ten) semester hours of graduate credit from an appropriately accredited, degree-granting institution may be transferred to a graduate degree program at the University of Central Oklahoma. Courses that have been used to satisfy degree requirements at other universities, generally cannot count toward degrees at UCO.

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Is the program accredited?

Not at this time. Accreditation cannot be obtained before a cohort of students is admitted. We will initiate the process of seeking accreditation in the spring of 2013 but cannot schedule the site visit until one class of students is in the final semester or quarter of the program for NLNAC and for one year for CCNE accreditation.

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Where can I find more information about admission requirements and academic regulations of the graduate college?

The graduate college catalog can be found online in PDF format.

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What are the estimated costs of the program?

Tuition and fees can be calculated on the UCO website. In-state tuition and fees for 9 nursing graduate hours provided on campus total approximately $2200. Nursing/College of Math & Science fees add an additional $62 per credit hour. There is a $100 annual fee for parking, a one-time $50 graduate application fee, and a one-time $10 student ID charge.

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I took undergraduate courses at UCO, do I still need to provide transcripts to the graduate college?

As a courtesy to students, the graduate college prints transcripts from UCO. Transcripts that have already been submitted to UCO do not need to be resubmitted.

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