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General Information

General Information

The Nursing Program at Western Oklahoma State College was established in 1981 and has an outstanding success rate for preparing qualified nurses. The nursing program is currently offered at three sites: Altus, Lawton, and Elk City. Courses are “team-taught” via ITV from all sites. By establishing admission criteria and procedures, the department of nursing hopes to ensure that students selected for the program are capable of successfully completing the nursing program and passing the national examination. The WOSC Nursing Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination).

Western Oklahoma State College fully subscribes to all principles and requirements of the American Disabilities Act. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, the nursing department does not discriminate. However, it is important to note that in order to progress successfully through the nursing curriculum and function as a practicing nurse upon graduation, an individual must be able to perform certain physical activities that include vocal, visual, auditory, intellectual and dexterity requirements. Students seeking to be admitted to the nursing program must have these competencies necessary for the professional practice of nursing as identified by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Application Procedure

1. Completed application to the nursing program.

2. Copies of ALL college transcripts must be on file at the Nursing Department with a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of a possible 4.0.

3. Minimum grade of “C” in all Technical-Occupational Support & Related courses.

4. Pre-admission RN examination known as HESI A2.

5. Pre-admission scores of at least an 84 in the Reading section and a 74 in the Math section of the HESI A2 exam.

6. Completion of all prerequisite courses.

**Please note** All transcripts should be sent to the student. The student should then turn in the their transcripts with their application. DO NOT open the envelopes of official transcripts.

Applicants will be ranked to determine acceptance into the nursing program based on completion of the application process, the students Cumulative GPA on required general education and nursing support courses, and a pre-admission RN examination with designated decision scores. Please refer to the Admission Selection Score Sheetfor additional information.

Transfer Students

Transfer credits from an ACEN accredited nursing school will be considered on an individual basis. There will be no more that one academic year between successful completion of the last nursing course for transfer into the WOSC Nursing Program. Please review the current Transfer Policy and Procedure for additional information.

Advanced Standing

Students who have completed apractical nursing program, hold a valid unencumbered LPN license, and currently practice as a LPN may apply for advanced standing credit for NURS 1119. Mobility testing will be required for advanced standing credit for NURS 1129. Candidates must meet admission requirements and will be admitted to the appropriate nursing class on a space available basis. LPN students should contact the Director of Nursing Education at (580) 477-7830 to have LPN credits assessed and to scheduled the needed mobility examinations. Please review LPN Policy and Procedure.

International Students

Applicants classified as an international student using an F-1 Student Visa may attend at one of Western’s three campuses. However, all initial processing & paperwork must be completed with the Office of Registrar at the Altus campus. Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. For more information regarding this matter, applicants can contact the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

All applicants to the program for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test.

Criminal Background Checks

Once accepted by the WOSC Nursing Department, all students will be required to submit information in order for a criminal background check to be complete. If an applicant admitted to the nursing program possesses any one of the following: a felony conviction, arrest, pending charges, judicially declared incompetence, or disciplinary action should be aware this might affect eligibility for registered nurse licensure. Various clinical agencies also have restrictions regarding individuals with a criminal record. Criminal background information is reviewed and decisions are made based on the clinical agency’s policies and guidelines.