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.
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.
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.
No, these tests are not required.
No experience is required. Applicants must be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Oklahoma
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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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.