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The first nursing class from the nursing department at the University of Central Oklahoma graduated in 1972. Since that time, more than 3,500 well-qualified graduate nurses have entered the workforce. Graduates of this program are known for being some of the best nurses in the state of Oklahoma and around the nation, and the UCO Department of Nursing is proud to continue this tradition. Definition of Traditional Track: The "traditional" nursing student is someone who has not yet obtained a license to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse.

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.

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Students interested in earning a degree in nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma now have multiple options for their education. The core of the program is the traditional four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing however there is a five-year plan for program completion are available. 

Degree Sheet

Anticipated Expenses and Scholarships

Below is a compiled list of anticipated expenses in order to complete your RN degree.  

List of Anticipated Expenses

Incoming freshmen are eligible for a variety of scholarships within the General Academic Scholarship Program. There are multiple scholarships specific to the Department of Nursing.

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Career Opportunities

Nursing career opportunities include: 

  • Perioperative (operating rooms)
  • Emergency/trauma
  • Critical care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Home health care
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Occupational health
  • Radiology
  • Psychiatric-mental health
  • Holistic/complementary care

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about Department of Nursing faculty.

Contact Information

For detailed information about the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing track, email the Traditional Track Coordinator.

Application Process

Students who expect to become candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing are required to complete a formal application. Applications to start in the Spring semester are due the last Friday in June.  Applications to start in the Fall semester are due the last Friday in January.

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. 

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 uninterrupted progress through the program.

To speak with someone about the program email

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