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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 an outstanding success rate for preparing qualified nurses. WOSC nursing program is currently offered at three campus sites: Altus, Lawton, and Elk City. There is a face-to-face option and an online option availabe for LPNs seeking Advanced Standing entry into the sophomore year, i.e. Nursing III, NURS 2219. LPNs can also apply for advanced standing entry into Nursing II, NURS 1129, the 2nd semester of the freshmen year of the program if they chose not to CLEP Nursing II and enter Nursing III. There is no online track option, only the face-to-face option available in Nursing II for LPNs with advanced entry into nursing II.
Daytime Classes for all three campus sites are Mondays and Thursdays 09:00am - 12:00pm. Evening Classes are only available at the Lawton campus, and are Tuesdays and Fridays 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Daytime Courses are “team-taught” via Zoom from all sites, whilst the online and evening options are “co-taught”. Skills laboratory for the daytime freshmen class students are usually Mondays 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and Tuesdays 09:00am to 4:00pm with a 1-hour break. Dates and times are subnect 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 some Mondays for evening classes. Clinical hours, excluding mental health and preceptorship clinical hours are generally 06:30am - 3:30pm or 2:30pm to 11:30pm depending on student assigned clinical group. Dates and times of labs and clinical subject to changes.
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.
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 nursing program pre-admission testing begins in December and goes through March 1 annaully. Application for admission into the nursing program must be completed online, and is separate from the WOSC application which must be completed initially prior to applying to the nursing program. The nursing program online applications for general students and Advanced Standing entry, i.e. applicants who are licensed as LPNs and are seeking their RN, opens February 1 and closes March 1 for general students, and March 15 for Adavnced Standing annaully. Please visit https://www.wosc.edu/index.php?page=nursing-admission#admissions to apply to the nursing program.
CLICK HERE to find out How to Apply to WOSC Nursing Program.
Click here to view WOSC Nursing Program Pass Rate, Completion Rate, and Empoyment Rate Table.
New Student Orientation is held annually in May for new and returning nursing student applicants. Applicants are encouraged not to plan vacations or activities in the month of May. LPN applicants seeking adcanced standing entry into Nursing III are required to complete a 1-month LPN to RN Transition course offered in the summer for Nursing III LPNs. For more information, please visit Future or Current student pages, and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONs pages.
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
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:
All Campus Nursing Fax# - 1-580-477-7862