The nursing program at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Definition: The "traditional" nursing student is someone who has not yet obtained a license to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse. This may be a student who is attending college for their first degree or someone who has already earned a degree in another field and has decided that nursing is in their future.
Course descriptions may be found on the Required Courses-Traditional Students page or in the Undergraduate Catalog. While many students opt to complete prerequisite courses as quickly as possible, both a four-year plan and a five-year plan for program completion are available. A list of anticipated expenses can be found here.
For detailed information about the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing track, email Katherine Brashears, D.N.P., A.P.R.N.-C.N.P, P.N.P.-P.C., Assistant Professor, or Karen Davis, Academic Advisor.
The R.N. to B.S. track at UCO is bringing our quality nursing program to YOU. Our commitment to providing registered nurses with quality, convenient, cost-effective baccalaureate nursing education has been the inspiration for the track.
The R.N. to B.S. track is available for R.N.s who are interested in furthering their nursing education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Upon successful completion, nurses will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
- 100 percent online nursing courses
- As low as $8,500
- 8-week courses
- Full or part-time options
- May complete in as little as two semesters (full time)
- 24 credit hours of nursing required
- At least 30 credit hours at UCO (may include prerequisites or nursing electives)
For detailed information about the Online RN to B.S. in Nursing track, email Nancy Gwin, D.N.P., RN.
The Fast Track in Nursing at UCO is for those students who have earned a traditional bachelor's degree in another field and would like to change to the profession of nursing. Upon successful completion, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing will be awarded.
- Hybrid courses (at least 51% online)
- Complete in 16 months (fall, spring, May intersession, summer, and fall)
- On-campus classes are one day per week plus clinical/lab day(s).
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
- Completion of prerequisites
- Minimum 2.5 retentive GPA, no less than a C in any science course
- Step 1 - Email transcripts from each college/university attended (including the institution awarding the bachelor's degree), to Academic Advisor Karen Davis, as soon as possible to develop a plan of study and to check on which courses will transfer.
- Step 2 - Once notified of required courses from the Academic Advisor, submit an application for admission to UCO.
- Step 3 - Once steps 1 and 2 are completed, submit your Fast Track in Nursing application before the April 9, 2021 deadline.
The clinical facilities that have agreed to provide experiential education within the pre-licensure nursing program curriculum require designated vaccinations to participate in patient care at their facility. Currently, most, if not all of the facilities accepting UCO students are requiring an approved Covid vaccine in order to participate in on-site clinicals or instruction. The clinical facilities are also responsible for the evaluate and administration of requests for exemptions to their respective vaccination requirements which may vary among clinical facilities. Due to these facility vaccination requirements, unvaccinated students may not be able to satisfy a required component of the curriculum and therefore may be unable to complete the nursing program. It is highly recommended that the admitted student complies with all vaccinations for an uninterrupted progress through the program.
For detailed information about the Fast Track B.S. in Nursing, contact FastTrackNursing@uco.edu.
The University of Central Oklahoma's Master of Science in Nursing welcomed the first students in January 2013. The M.S., Nursing degree offers working R.N.s flexibility through fully online classes and full and part-time options. Faculty are fully invested in student success and are readily available to meet with students either in person at the centrally located Edmond campus or are available for virtual meetings.
Students who have already earned the B.S.N. or B.S., nursing, degree and are interested in earning a master's degree can complete the degree in four full-time semesters (nine hours each semester).
Available Career Paths
After students meet the masters essentials in the core courses they can choose from two standardized pathways, education or leadership or can design an individualized plan. A master's degree in nursing education will prepare students for academic positions in nursing education or in hospital staff education. A master’s degree in nursing leadership allows students to meet individual goals in areas including leadership and administration.
The student handbook has additional information on the required courses for the master's degree.
For detailed information about the Master of Science in Nursing program, email GraduateNursing@uco.edu