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 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.
Clinicals - are one (1) day per week. Varies for traditional students, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. Times either 06:30 am - 15:30pm or 14:30 pm - 23:30 pm. Bridge Students either Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. Times are 06:30 am - 15:30pm or 14:30 pm - 23:30 pm
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.
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Admission to the Nursing Program
Points selection based on several admission selection criteria. See General Student Information and/or Advanced Standing Policy.
General Admission Criteria
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All applicants must apply to WOSC first if they have never applied and/or attended WOSC. All official college transcripts must be sent to WOSC Admissions office and a Request for Degree Check completed via Admissions office to identify credits that are transferrable.
Submit a nursing Degree Check Request Form with WOSC Admissions Office to verify Curriculum needs. Information needed for degree check request:
Nursing Code: 04000 Name of Declared Major: Nursing Advisor: Stacey Machado
Advanced Standing Entry applicants
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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