Do I need to apply to Western Oklahoma State College?
Yes, you should apply to Western Oklahoma State College prior to applying to the Nursing program. It's free, and you can apply online here.
Where do I get an application for the nursing program?
You can download the application from the Nursing webpage on the Western Oklahoma State College website at www.wosc.edu/nursing.
What should I include with my application?
Both high-school transcripts and official college transcripts from every college you have attended. Your application will need to be complete when turned in.
Will turning in my application early give me a better chance of getting in?
No. Applications are not evaluated until after March 3rd. Applications must be COMPLETE and post marked on or before March 3rd to be considered.
Should I add letters of recommendation?
No. Please, see the next question and answer.
How do you select the applicants who will enter the program?
The selection process is done with a point system. A form with the point values can be found here.
How many points do I need to be competitive?
It is recommended that applicants have at least 590 points to be competitive for acceptance into the nursing program.
How many questions are there on the HESI A2 Admission Test?
There are 5 areas in which students must test. They are A&P (25 questions); Biology (25 questions); Math (50 qestions); Reading Comprehension (47 questions); Vocabulary (50 questions). You are also required to complete the Learning Styles questionnaire (14 questions) and Personality Profile (15 questions).
Can I use my HESI A2 Admission scores from last year when I applied?
No. All prospective students will need to take the HESI A2 exam each year that they apply to the program.
What is the recommended score for the HESI A2?
We highly recommend that you achieve at least an 80% in each area. The math, reading, and vocabulary are actually constructed for 10-12 grade level. The science section is designed at the college level. Applicants must score at least an 84 in the Reading section and a 74 in the Math section to be considered.
What GPA is needed to be considered for the program?
An overall GPA of at least 2.0 is required to be considered for the program. An overall GPA is computed from ALL college courses you have taken, to include non-requisite courses to the nursing program. Some colleges have academic forgiveness which will give you a retention GPA. The retention GPA will not be used to determined the number of points you will receive during the selection preocess.
I'm taking Chemistry in the summer, but have everything else done. Can I still apply?
Yes. If you have enough points to be selected, you will be accepted on the contingency of passing your Chemistry class. Keep in mind that there are 25 completion points plus 15, 10, or 5 points for the grade you achieve for the class. You will not recieve these points, during application selection, if you're taking Chemistry in the summer.
When will I know if I am selected?
We do our best to send out acceptance letters during the first week of June.
Can I apply if I have a positive criminal background check?
Yes. You may still apply to the Nursing Program. Western Oklahoma State College does not discriminate against any person convicted of a crime. However, there are Oklahoma Board of Nursing guidelines regarding NCLEX testing and licensure. Please click on this link for more information regarding the OBN's policy http://www.ok.gov/nursing/nclex9.pdf
Also, there are some crimes that will prevent a student from being able to complete the required clinical component of the nursing program. All positive background checks are reported to the clinical agencies who will either affirm or reject student placement at the clinical facility. If the clinical coordinator cannot find a clinical agency to accept a student due to a positive background check, the student will be advised to withdraw from the nursing program due to their inablility to complete the program requirements.
I'm an LPN. Will I need to attend all four semesters?
No. LPN's are able to skip up to two semesters of the WOSC Nursing program. **You will need to contact Heather (580.477.7830) with the name of the school you attended before you apply to the Nursing Program.
What are the days and times for class?
Generally, Monday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon are the regular class times.There will also be a clinical day which will fall on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday depending on the availability of clinical adjunct. Freshmen in their first semester will have Clinical Skills Lab held every Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with one hour for lunch). Sophomores in their fourth semester will have clinical hours that will be one-on-one with a preceptor. These hours will be arranged by the student and preceptor.
Please, note that there may be times when you will need to stay later than the scheduled class times because of orientation to class, orientation to clinical facility, HESI testing, simulation, etc.. The instructors will let you know in plenty of time, so you will have time to arrange for child care or other obligations.
Is there a mandatory orientation for the nursing program?
Yes. In June, all students who are accepted will go to the Altus campus to sign their acceptance agreement. Also, in August there will be a one day BOOT CAMP that will serve as orientation to the nursing program, the campus departments, and the course management system (MOODLE).
Is there financial aid available?
Yes. You can contact the Financial Aid Office for information. They will be able to start you on the process to finding grants, loans, and scholarships that are available. In addition, the NursingScholarship.us website provides Scholarship and Financial Aid Resoucers to students who are preparing for a career in nursing.
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