Future: General Students



 Applications to Fall 2023 classes are closed at this time.



"General Students" and "Transfer Students"

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-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for RN).

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 and Transfer Students

For general entry to the program for all students see the general information packet and scheduled an appointment to speak with your faculty advisor.


Pre-Admission Nursing Examination Testing 

  • HESI A2 with Critical Thinking Nursing Admission Exam

Who is required to take this exam?  It is required for all applicants- General and Advanced Standing Entry for LPN students.

What will be on the exam? What are the minimum scores?  The HESI A2 with Critical Thinking Nursing Admission Exam tests applicants in six areas:

  • Reading
    • The applicant must achieve a minimum score of 82 or higher
  • Math
    • The applicant must achieve a minimum score of 74 or higher
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Vocabulary
  • Critical Thinking 

Though there is no minimum required scoring for the Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and the Vocabulary sections of the exams, a minimum score of 65 or better is preferred as a minimum passing score; and entry into the program is highly competitive and is based on a point-based system in which applicants acquire some of their points from the admission examination.

A minimum score of 760 or better is highly desirable on the critical thinking portion of the exam, however, there is no minimum require scoring for this section.

How does one prepare for the HESI A2 with Critical Thinking Nursing Admission Exam?  Prepare for the HESI Admission Test!  Western will offer a Reading Boot Camp and a Math Boot Camp to help you prepare for those sections of the test.

  • Reading - TBA
  • Math - TBA
  • Location: Altus Campus only. Main Building.  The boot camps are at no cost but do require reservations. 
  • Reserve a spot for the boot camps!  Please contact Western's nursing department at  to reserve your spot. 
  • You can purchase a preparation book for the HESI Admission (A2) Exam through Elsevier's website or other academic/book/purchase websites. 

How often can one take the exam? You can take the exam two times during the application process.  If you take the exam and you wish to take it a second time, you must wait at least three weeks between the two exams.  

How does one take the HESI A2 with Critical Thinking Nursing Admission Exam?  Western utilizes Proctor U to administer the exams. Please contact Western's nursing department at  to request instructions for taking the exam.

When can one take the exam?  The HESI Admission Exam can be taken in late fall and early spring.  Exams taken after 2/28 will not be taken into consideration unless prior arrangements are made with the Director of Nursing Education. 

How much does the HESI A2 with Critical Thinking Nursing Admission Exam cost?  The cost of each exam is $79 (cost subject to change).  Instructions for paying for the exam will be included in the instructions you receive upon request from the email listed above. 

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



How to Apply for Admission into the Nursing Program

Schedule an appointment with one of the faculty advisors at one of the three campuses- Altus, Elk City, or Lawton. Or Click on the Admission page for more information.

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.

General Admission Requirements for General and Transfer Students:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA must be 2.25 or higher at time of application. 
  • Applied and accepted to Western Oklahoma State College.
  • Successfully completed Nursing Admission Exam with a minimum score of 82 in Reading and 74 in Math, all other areas recommend a minimum score 65 or better. 
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a "C" or better in each course.
    • Science courses must be completed within the last 10 years




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.

Students in good standing in a current nursing program may apply for transfer credit entry into the nursing program in fall semester for NURS 2219, nursing III, and/or the spring semester into NURS 1129, nursing II.  Click HERE for application deadlines.

Please review the Policy & Procedure for Nursing Students seeking transfer credit.  Applicants interested in transferring to WOSC nursing program, please contact the Director of Nursing Education, Mrs. Diane Fairchild via email at for further information and guidance on transfer needs. Additional testing may be required for transferring students. 

International Students 

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.




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
Technical Education Building

Lawton Site
Burch Hall

Elk City Site
Pat Wall Professional Building

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



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