2020 HESI Boot Camp Schedule now available! Forms and Resources
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. Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). General and or transfer students applying for entry into the nursing program has the option of applying for entry at one of three sites: Altus, Lawton, and Elk City, and for the evening option offered only at the Lawton campus. Courses are “team-taught” via ITV from all sites, and “co-taught” in the evening option.
Western Oklahoma State College fully subscribes to all principles and requirements of the American Disabilities Act. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, the nursing department does not discriminate. However, it is important to note that in order to progress successfully through the nursing curriculum and function as a practicing nurse upon graduation, an individual must be able to perform certain physical activities that include vocal, visual, auditory, intellectual and dexterity requirements. Students seeking to be admitted to the nursing program must have these competencies necessary for the professional practice of nursing as identified by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
General Admission Requirements for General Students:
- Successfully pass the HESI A2 Admission Exam Math and Reading sections with a minimum score of 74 in Math, and 84 in Reading.
- A cumulative pre-nursing GPA of 2.0 out of a possible 4.0 (All official transcripts must be submitted to the WOSC Registrar and the Department of Nursing Education for the processing of this information.
- Minimum grade of “C” in all Technical-Occupational Support & Related courses.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses (see the RN curriculum plan for the program).
- Submission of All official college transcripts, high school transcripts, and an official Degree Check requested/completed prior to the nursing department processing of applications (prior to March 1).
- Complete the online application to the nursing program for general student option, or transfer student application only if you are requesting to transfer from another nursing program.
Pre-Admission Nursing Examination Testing
HESI A2 entrance exam testing begins in December annually! The dates for testing will be posted in November annually.
Students interested in taking the HESI A2 pre-nursing entrance exam will first need to pay for the exam through WOSC Business Office in person, or by phone at (580) 477-7955. Please allow one business day if paying in person, or by phone before calling the nursing department office to schedule the exam testing at (580) 477-7830.
Each year, WOSC offers a free Math and Reading Boot Camp to students interested in improving their Math and Reading scores on the HESI A2 pre-admission nursing exam. The camp is only offered at Altus campus only! Anyone can attend, and attendance is optional. Click here to see the Math and Reading Boot Camp dates. Please call the nursing department at (580) 477-7830 to register to attend the boot camp. Interested nursing applicants are encouraged to attend one of the boot camp.
- Complete the online application to WOSC.
- Copies of ALL official college transcripts, to include high school transcripts must be on file at the office of Admission & the Nursing Department with a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of a possible 4.0 for pre-nursing cumulative GPA.
- Complete the Degree Check form & Submit to the office of Registrar requesting a degree check be completed.
- Apply to take & complete the pre-admission RN examination (HESI A2).
- Obtain a pre-admission scores of at least an 84 in the Reading section and a 74 in the Math section of the HESI A2 exam.
- Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all Technical-Occupational Support & Related courses.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses.
**Please note** Mail or deliver all sealed official transcripts to the Altus, Elk City, or Lawton office.
Applicants will be ranked to determine acceptance into the nursing program based on completion of the application process, the students Cumulative GPA on required general education and nursing support courses, and a pre-admission RN examination with designated decision scores. Please refer to the Admission Selection Score Sheet for additional information.
Transfer credits from an ACEN or a CNEA accredited nursing school will be considered on an individual basis. There will be no more that one academic year between successful completion of the last nursing course for transfer into the WOSC Nursing Program. Please review the current Transfer Policy and Procedure for additional information.
Applicants classified as an international student using an F-1 Student Visa may attend at one of Western’s three campuses. However, all initial processing & paperwork must be completed with the Office of Registrar at the Altus campus. 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. For more information regarding this matter, applicants can contact the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
All applicants to the program for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test.
Criminal Background Checks
Once accepted by the WOSC Nursing Department, all students will be required to submit information in order for a criminal background check to be complete. If an applicant admitted to the nursing program possesses any one of the following: a felony conviction, arrest, pending charges, judicially declared incompetence, or disciplinary action should be aware this might affect eligibility for registered nurse licensure. Various clinical agencies also have restrictions regarding individuals with a criminal record. Criminal background information is reviewed and decisions are made based on the clinical agency’s policies and guidelines.
Students Seeking Licensure Outside of the State of Oklahoma
For any students seeking licensure outside the state of Oklahoma, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure he/she meet all requirements for licensure in the state in which they reside. Contact information for all nursing licensing boards can be found at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website at https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm.
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