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Nursing Licensure by State

Spring entry application opens September 1 through October 1 for completion.

About Western's Nursing Program

Nursing make a difference

A career in nursing offers challenges, self-satisfaction and the opportunity to be a member of the interdisciplinary team providing care in various health care settings.

The Nursing Program at Western Oklahoma State College was established in 1981 and has an outstanding success rate for preparing qualified nurses. WOSC nursing program is offered at three campus sites: Altus, Lawton, and Elk City.  Western ADN program has several program tracks. There is  face-to-face classes for both general and advanced standing entry students, and Online classes with a face-to-face clinical component for advanced standing students.  Students in the face-to-face track are able to take  daytime classes at all three campuses, and evening classes at the Lawton campus.  

Advanced Standing students, i.e. licensed practical/vocational nurses that are currently working as a LPN/LVN and have an unencumbered license are able to apply and enter the program either in Nursing I, NURS 1129 (Maternity/Pediatric semester), and/or take the HESI mobility exam in addition to the pre-nursing examination HESI A2, and if successful, enter Nursing III, NURS 2219, sophomore year of the program. 

By establishing admission criteria and procedures, the department of nursing faculty 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 National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. The nursing program has been accredited since 1987. Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination).

The minimum time to complete the program requirements is five semesters. Classroom study is combined with practical application in nursing experiences at various clinics and hospitals. The number of applicants to be accepted will reflect the availability of appropriate clinical experience.  

Classes are Mondays and Thursdays: Daytime 09:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (all three campuses) and Evenings 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST at the Lawton campus.   All courses are “team-taught” via Zoom from all sites, whilst the online and evening options are “co-taught”.  Skills laboratory and clinical for the daytime and evening class tracks can be either daytime or evening.  Dates and times are subject to change.  The program offer  students, including the Online LPN to RN students a variety of face-to-face clinical rotation at various clinical facilities closest to their campus site. Clinical hours and days can vary depending on available clinical slots offered by the program clinical affiliates. General clinical days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and occasional weekends. Clinical hours, excluding mental health and preceptorship clinical hours are generally 06:30am to 3:30pm or 2:30pm to 11:30pm depending on student assigned clinical group. Dates and times of labs and clinical subject to changes.  

The Nursing program is designed for the student who plans to enter the job force immediately. After successful completion of the required curriculum, you will receive an Associate's of Applied Science Degree which prepares you for the Registered Nurse licensure exam. The program consists of a prerequisite semester in which students must have completed all prerequisite courses prior to admission to the Nursing Program. Because of the limited spaces available in this program, admission is highly competitive and completion of all general education, related, and support courses is highly recommended. To be considered for acceptance to the Nursing Program the student must meet certain entrance standards. Contact the Nursing Department for additional program admission requirements and program details.


Admission to the Nursing Program 

The nursing program application is an online application process. There is a $35.00 application fee that is billed upon submission of the nursing application. Potential students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment and meet with one of the faculty-nurse advisors prior to completing the application to review eligibility and needs. If you are planning on applying for the program you will need to know:

General Admission Criteria

Students must earn a minimum grade of "C " or better in all prerequisite courses

Students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.25 out of 4.0 scale

Meet Health program Physical requirements

Successful pass a detailed criminal background check

All Technical-Occupational and Related Courses completed within 10-years of applying to the program (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Chemistry)


All applicants

1. Apply to WOSC college first (previously attended, WOSC, contact Admissions office to reset access to campus connect).

2. Submit all official College transcripts to WOSC Admissions Office and ensure they are on file on your WOSC transcripts

3. Submit all official High School transcript (s) to WOSC Admissions Office

4. Submit a  nursing Degree Check request with WOSC Admissions Office  to  verify Curriculum needs. See instructions by clicking here-how to complete a degree check request

               Nursing Code: 04000     Name of Declared Major: Nursing     Advisor: Stacey Machado

5. Schedule appointment with nursing faculty advisor by emailing request to

6. Complete nursing pre-admission examination, HESI A2 with Critical Thinking Examination. Scores are good for 1-calendar year. Assessed areas- Reading (82 minimum), Math (74 minimum), Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Vocabulary, and Critical Thinking. Prices are subject to change by vendor/proctoring institution. 

7. Two (2) Professional References on WOSC Reference Form

8. Academic Success Entrance Essay. 


Advanced Standing Entry applicants (optional if attempting to CLEP out of Freshmen OB/PEDs semester, i.e. Nursing II, NURS 1129):

7. Complete mobility exam HESI PN - ADN  Entrance Exam (750 minimum overall score, with a score of 550 or better in Maternity/Pediatrics sections). Preferrable all areas. 

8. Valid Unencumbered LPN license with license Verification

9. Submit Official LPN/LVN School Transcript.

10. All applicants must finally complete the online nursing application applicable to their status, i.e. general, advanced standing, transfer, and/or returning student.

Returning, transferring, and/or students with a positive criminal background check need to meet with the program director. Potential students may schedule an appointment to meet with the program director by emailing


Click here to view Program Outcomes

 Suggested Program Sequencing

5 - Semesters Sequencing 

Pre-Requisite Semester

(Courses must be completed prior to taking Nursing I, i.e. NURS 1119)

BIOL 2104 Human Anatomy or  BIOL 2204 A &P I

CHEM 1115 Chemistry w Lab or CHEM 1004 Introduction to Chemistry w Lab

  MATH 1483 Functions & Modeling  or  MATH 1523 STEM College Algebra

First Semester - Freshmen Year 

BIOL 2304 Human Physiology ♣ or BIOL 2214 A&P II 

NURS 1119  Nursing I  


Second Semester - Freshman Year

ENGL  1113 English Composition I

PSY 1112 General Psychology

NURS 1129  Nursing II   

Third  Semester - Sophomore Year 

ENGL 1213  English Composition II

POLS 1113 Federal Government

NURS 2219  Nursing III 


Fourth  Semester - Sophomore Year 

HIST 1483/93 American History

NURS 2229  Nursing IV



♣ courses may be taken prior entering the nursing program, and or concurrently as listed. However, courses must be completed in the semester listed prior to the following listed semester(s). 

Please continue visiting the nursing site for additional information on the nursing program.


 Degree Checklist


 Accredited by National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.


The Western Oklahoma State College Department of Nursing Education is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Gradates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing.

For any students seeking licensure outside the state of Oklahoma, licensure information can be found in the table: Nursing Licensure by State




Contact Us

WOSC pre-nursing students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with their nursing faculty advisor at least once a semester. Appointments can be made by calling any of our campuses or emailing one of the advisors closest to your hometown:

Altus Site
Technical Education Building

Lawton Site
Burch Hall

Elk City Site
Pat Wall Professional Building

All Campus Nursing Fax# - 1-580-477-7862