Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Master of Science degree
Caveat: If there is a conflict, university and program policies take priority
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.
Students may apply for conditional admission if their overall undergraduate GPA is at least 2.50 or at least 2.25 with five years having passed since the date of the first bachelor’s degree.
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.
The admission committee will send out letters within 3 weeks of the preferred application time.
The nursing program utilizes the graduate college application. In addition, applicants are required to provide three professional letters of reference. One accepted, each student must complete online activities related to scholarly writing. Multiple attempts are allowed.
The admissions committee will send out letters within 3 weeks of the preferred application time.
No, these tests are not required.
No experience is required. Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Oklahoma
Individuals who are not licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Oklahoma may be admitted on a provisional status and given one semester to obtain licensure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Live classes that are fully hybrid are held every Wednesday from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Live classes that are blended are listed on the schedule as every Wednesday from 5-9pm and arranged. Each class is scheduled to last 5 weeks. Full-time students enroll in 3 classes every fall and spring semester.
Permission from the graduate coordinator is required. Students who choose to take electives from other UCO programs will need to attend those courses on a different day of the week or in a semester when they are not attending nursing classes. Most courses from other programs will not be in the 5 week hybrid design.
Students who desire a part-time option must notify the graduate coordinator of their status. They are then given permission to take up to 8 weeks to complete work for a course. Each course specifies in the syllabus what work must be done during the 5 weeks of the scheduled class time and what work can be done before or after the scheduled class dates. In order for grades to be submitted, all work must be completed by the end of the semester.
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.
This option is currently not available.
Those options are currently not available.
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.
Not at this time. We are seeking CCNE accreditation. The CCNE representatives visited campus January 28-30th of 2015 and stated they are recommending a full five year initial approval. Their recommendation is forwarded to the full accrediting body for consideration. Accreditation is retroactive for existing students.
The graduate college catalog can be found online in PDF format.
Tuition and fees can be calculated on the UCO website. In-state tuition and fees for 1 nursing graduate hour provided in a blended format with Nursing/College of Math & Science fees of $62 per credit hour added total approximately $343.15. In-state tuition and fees for 1 nursing graduate provided hybrid (classified as online), and with Nursing/College of Math & Science fees of $62 per credit hour added total approximately $403.15. There is a $100 annual fee for parking, a one-time $58.50 graduate application fee, and a one time $10 student ID charge. The total cost of the degree for a student with in-state tuition status, including 2 years of parking, application fee, and ID charge is approximately $12,800. Graduation fees are not included in this calculation.
The degree consists of 22 core credits, 9 specialty credits, and 3 graduate project/thesis credits for a total of 34 credits.
A student attending 8-9 credits per semester can complete the degree in 2 calendar years.
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.