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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply to Western Oklahoma State College?

Yes, you need to 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?

  •  All nursing applications are online on the WOSC nursing website on the admission page.
  • There is an Application fee of $35.00
  • You can download the application worksheet form from the Forms & Resources page.

What should I include with my application?

Both offical high-school transcripts and official college transcripts from every college you have attended excluding Western should be sent to Western. An official LPN transcript (LPNS only). Unofficial WOSC transcripts will not be accepted.

Will submitting my application early give me a better chance of getting in?

No. Applications are not evaluated until after the deadline. Applications must be COMPLETE and post marked on or before the deadline to be considered.

Should I add letters of recommendation?

General students are NOT required to submit a letter of recommendation. LPN students ARE required to submit a reference letter from their immediate nursing supervisors. LPN students who are currently enrolled in a practical nursing program ARE required to submit a reference letter from the program director. This reference letter should be mailed or delivered to the Altus, Elk City or Lawton campus.

How do you select the applicants who will enter the program?

The selection process is done utilizing a point system. Please refer to the admission selection score sheet found on the forms & resources link for additional information.

How many points do I need to be competitive?

Each year the point values are different based on the application pool. 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 consisting of:

  • Anatomy & Physiology- 25 questions
  • Biology- 25 questions
  • Math- 50 questions
  • Reading Comprehension- 47 questions
  • Vocabulary- 50 questions

Students are also required to complete the Learning Styles Questionnaire (14 questions) and the 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 nursing program.

What is the recommended score for the HESI A2?

We highly recommend that you achieve at least an 80% within each area. The math, reading, and vocabulary are actually constructed for a 10th-12th grade high-school level student. 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 in order for their application to be considered.

How Long are the NLN Challenge Exam Scores good for?

NLN Challenge Exam scores for NACEI-PN- Caring of the Childbearing Family and NACE I-PN-Caring for the Child are each good up to two (2) years.

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 determine the number of points you will receive during the selection process.

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, your acceptance will be contingent on successful completion of the Chemistry course. Please note that there are course completion points plus 15, 10, or 5 points for the grades you achieve in each course. You will not receive these points, during application selection. Points are only received for those courses completed by the end of the fall semester prior to the start of the application selection semester.

When will I know if I am selected?

Acceptance letters will be mailed out as soon as information is tallied.

When are Acceptance Letters mailed out?

Generally, the goal is to mail out acceptance letters the middle to the end of April, with the latest the beginning of May. However, it depends on when all application information needed to complete the application tally is received from each applicant which determines how early or late acceptance letters are mailed out.

IS there a mandatory orientation for students and when is it offered?

Yes. In May, all students who are accepted will meet on the Altus campus for a day of orientation and to sign their acceptance agreements. Student applicants are strongly advised not to plan any vacation or activities that will prevent them from attending the May orientation for new students. Additional testing fees at their own expense may apply for students’ who miss the orientation and require distant training or testing.

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

Occasionally, 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 inability to complete the program requirements.

I'm an LPN. Will I need to attend all four semesters?

No. LPN's are able to receive credit for up to two semesters of the WOSC Nursing program. LPN students will need to contact the program director for appointment prior to applying to have LPN credits assessed for program entry purposes. Additional mobility testing will be required.

What are the days and times for class in the Daytime Schedule?

Generally, classes are held on Monday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. There will also be a clinical day which will fall either on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday depending on the availability of clinical adjunct faculty as well as clinical facility space. Freshmen in their first semester will have a Clinical Skills Lab held on Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with one hour for lunch).

Please, note that there may be times when you will need to stay later than the scheduled class times because of course orientations, clinical facility orientations, HESI examinations, tutoring, and simulation experiences. The instructors will make you aware of these dates in advance so you are able to arrange for child care or other obligations.

What are the days and times for class in the Evening Schedule?

Evening classes are held on Tuesday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lawton campus is the only site in which evening lectures are offered. There will also be a clinical day which will fall either on a Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday depending on the availability of clinical adjunct faculty as well as clinical facility space. Freshmen in their first semester will have a Clinical Skills Lab held on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (with one hour for lunch).

Please, note that there may be times when you will need to stay later than the scheduled class times because of course orientations, clinical facility orientations, HESI examinations, tutoring, and simulation experiences. The instructors will make you aware of these dates in advance so you are able to arrange for child care or other obligations.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information. They will be able to start you on the process to finding grants, loans, and scholarships that are available.

What is the estimated overall cost of the WOSC nursing program?

The cost of the nursing program varies slightly based on the student campus location and student type. Please refer to the general information packet for either General and or LPN to RN students to see the costs for general and LPN students. Current costs reflect FY 2019-2020 and is subject to change for Fall 2020-2021.

 

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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
580.477.7830
Technical Education Building

Lawton Site
580.477.7985
Burch Hall

Elk City Site
580.477.7980
Pat Wall Professional Building

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