Nursing Licensure by State
Associate in Science
About Western's Nursing Program
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 focused on preparing individuals to become caring, safe, entry-level nurses for more than 40 years. Western's nursing program is offered at three campus sites: Altus, Lawton, and Elk City. There is also an online track for qualified LPNs. Western's ADN program has several program tracks. There are 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 tracks are able to take daytime classes at all three campuses.
For Fall 2024, Western's Nursing Program will accept new students to the following campuses
- Elk City
- Online for the LPN-to-RN program. Clinical rotations sites in Altus, Elk City, Lawton, and Duncan.
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.
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).
Clinical rotations are one (1) day per week. This varies for traditional students: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays with times either 06:30 am - 3:30pm or 2:30 pm - 11:30 pm. LPN-to-RN online students have clinical rotations either Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. Times are 6:30 am - 3:30pm or 2:30 pm - 11:30 pm.
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, Nursing II (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 in the 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.
Approval and Accreditation of Western Oklahoma State College Associate Degree in Nursing Program
The Western Oklahoma State College Associate Degree in Nursing program is approved as an associate degree in nursing program in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for the following campus sites:
- WOSC Altus campus, traditional program: Full approval.
- WOSC Elk City campus, traditional program: Full approval.
- WOSC Lawton campus, traditional program: Approval with conditional status from December 1, 2023 through November 30, 2024.
- WOSC LPN-to-RN online track: Full approval.
Accredited by National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.
Note: As of February 16, 2023, the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation has changed the accreditation status for all campuses of the Western Oklahoma State College Associate Degree in Nursing program to probationary status for a period of one year effective from February 16, 2023 to February 16, 2024 due to the program's NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates for the past three years.
As of June 21, 2023, the NLN CNEA added quality improvement conditions to the existing probationary status. Please click here to review the WOSC Nursing Program letter regarding these conditions.
“Update to accreditation status (June 2023). The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) Board of Commissioners met on June 14-15, 2023 and placed the Western Oklahoma State College, Associate Degree in Nursing Program (via distance education) on probationary status for a period of one year (June 2023 – June 2024). Full information regarding the probationary status is provided on the NLN CNEA website, under the June 2023 Board of Commissioners actions: https://cnea.nln.org/board-of-commissioneractions.”
Eligibility for NCLEX-RN Testing
Western Oklahoma State College Department of Nursing is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status [59 O.S. §§567.5 & 567.6]. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, 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. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:
1. A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
2. A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States; 3. Admission into the United States in refugee status;
4. A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
5. Approved deferred action status; or
6. A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.
The Board has the authority to deny a license, recognition or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or an administrative penalty; or to issue and otherwise discipline a license, recognition or certificate to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on any professional or occupational license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made. Potential applicants to state-approved education programs, with a criminal history, may obtain a determination of eligibility for licensure or certification from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for a fee. The determination of eligibility for licensure petition can be accessed at https://nursing.ok.gov/initialdeterm.pdf
For any students seeking licensure outside the state of Oklahoma, licensure information can be found in the table: Nursing Licensure by State
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What is Western Oklahoma State College?
AboutWestern Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma...
VisionWestern Oklahoma State College aspires to be the outstanding and innovative community college known for its focus on student success and its service to community and regional development.
MissionThe mission of Western Oklahoma State College is to provide high quality education while ensuring equity, supporting student success, and empowering individuals to become productive members of diverse local, regional, and global communities.