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Traditional Program - B.S., Nursing

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.

nursing studentCourse 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.  

Application Process

Students who expect to become candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing are required to make a formal application to the chairperson of the Department of Nursing for admission to the upper-division of nursing. This application may be made upon completion, or during the process of completing, 48 semester hours of college credits. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Nursing, Coyner Health Sciences Building (CHS) room 121, before the application deadline prior to starting NURS 2207 Foundations of Nursing.

The application deadline is the second Friday in September for the spring semester and the last Friday in January for the fall semester. 

Admission to the UCO Nursing Program

Admission criteria and other information may be found on the B.S., Nursing Degree Sheet, and on the FAQ page. To speak with someone about the program contact Leann Laubach, Ph.D., Baccalaureate Program coordinator. 


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

R.N. to B.S., Nursing

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 Rnursing student.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, Nursing degree. Requirements for R.N. to B.S., Nursing has additional information on program prerequisites, courses and plan of study.

Application Process

Each semester there is a preferred date and a final deadline.  Students who apply after the preference date will be considered based on space available only. Online RN to BS Application

For fall enrollment, those dates are May 1 (preference date) and July 1 (final deadline). 

For spring enrollment, students should apply by October 1 (preference date) and December 1 (final deadline).


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing  at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Contact Information

For information regarding prerequisites or to schedule a transcript review, contact Lindsay Berry, R.N. to B.S. academic advisor.  

For additional information regarding the RN to BS track, contact Nancy Gwin, D.N.P., nursing career advancement coordinator, or Laurie Lisle, nursing career advancement assistant.


Graduate Program

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 one-evening-a-week class times, part- and full-time options, and a convenient location for classes at the centrally-located Edmond campus. 

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). 


The master's degree program in nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Availabnursing graduatesle Career Paths

Students have the ability to choose from two tracks, the nursing education track or the specialty nursing track.  A master's degree in nursing education will prepare students for academic positions in nursing education or for a position in hospital staff education. The specialty nursing track allows students to meet individual goals in areas such as leadership or administration.

The student handbook has additional information on the required courses for the master's degree. 

Application Process 

To get started on completion of an M.S., nursing degree, visit the program page for admission requirements and course listing.  Applications are accepted at any time. Preference for fall admission is given to individuals who submit applications by April 1. For spring admission, applications submitted by October 1 will be given preference.

To apply for the program,  visit Central's Jackson College of Graduate Studies.  Once the application and application fee have been submitted to the university, formal approval by the selection committee is required for admission. Completion of the GRE is NOT required for admission to the program.  

Check our FAQ page for additional information.  To speak with someone about the program, contact Karen Vessier,Ph.D., graduate program coordinator and assistant professor of nursing.