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Future: LPN to RN Students

2020 HESI Boot Camp Schedule now available! Forms and Resources

The Nursing Application for the Fall 2020 semester is currently opened. Applications must be completed online on the nursing website. See below to apply:
LPNs seeking entry
General Students seeking entry


"LPN to RN/ Advanced STANDING"

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).

LPNs or Advanced Standing entry 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. In addition, there is an online option with a clinical component offered to LPNs seeking Advanced Standing entry into the sophomore year of the nursing program. Courses are “team-taught” via ITV from all sites, and “co-taught” in the evening and Online options.

The nursing program online option is only available to applicants who are currently licensed as LPNs with an unemcumbered license and who have successfully passed the NLN mobilitiy testing (NLN Challenge Exams for caring of the childbearing family and caring for the child).  The online program consists of a clinical component which must be completed at one of WOSC clinical sites. Classes are offered online. 

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.

It is strongly recommended that LPN applicants seeking admission into WOSC nursing program, read through all information and links, as well as,  visit  to download and review the LPN to RN General Information packe. Review the RN curriculum plan and admission points selection found in this packet.  Applicants who will be concurrently completing pre- and corequisite courses once accepted to the program, should frequently refer to the RN curriculum plan to ensure all required pre- and corequisite courses are completed prior to their next nursing course.

Advanced Standing

Students who have completed a practical nursing program and hold a valid unencumbered LPN license may apply for advanced standing credit for NURS 1119. Mobility testing will be required for advanced standing credit for NURS 1129. Candidates must meet admission requirements and will be admitted to the appropriate nursing class on a space available basis. LPN students should contact Stacey Machado, Director of Nursing Education at (580) 477-7830 to have LPN credits assessed and to schedule the needed mobility examinations. Click to view the Advanced Standing Policy.

Please review: NLN NACE I Study Guides and NLN NACE Series Bulletin.


General Admission Requirements for Admission/Advanced Standing Entry

  1. Successfully pass the HESI A2 pre-nursing admission exam Math and Reading sections with a minimum score of 74 in Math, and 84 in Reading.
  2. Pass the NLN Challenge Exams (Mobility Testing) - Caring of the Childbearing Family and Caring for the Child with a minimum of score of 70% or better. (see advanced standing policy for specific details).
  3. Have 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.
  4. Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all Technical-Occupational Support & Related courses.
  5. Completion of all prerequisite courses (see the RN curriculum plan for the program).
  6. Complete the online Nursing LPN to RN Advanced Standing application and submit application fee.


NLN Challenge Exam for Advanced Standing Entry

Students who are LPNs interested in taking the exams will first need to pay for both exams, i.e. Caring for the Childbearing Family and Caring for the Child through the WOSC Business Office in person, pr by phone at (580) 477-7955. Please allow one (1) business day if paying in person or by phone prior to calling the nursing department at (580) 477-7830 to schedule your exam testing time. See advanced standing entry for NLN guides and series bulletin.  


Pre-Admission Nursing Examination Testing

HESI A2 entrance exam testing begins in December annually! The dates for testing will be posted in November annually. You may call to schedule exams anytime after November 11. 

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. 


 Application Process

  1. Apply to WOSC college for admission.
  2. Submit all official college transcripts, high school transcripts, and LPN school transcript to WOSC office of Admissions prior to the nursing department processing your online nursing application. (Please request from WOSC office of Admission a copy of each transcript be given to the nursing department if only one copy is sent to the college).
  3. Complete and submit a Degree Check request to WOSC office of Admissions (Forms and instructions).
  4. Pay for all mobility testing needed; schedule exam testing, and complete both the NLN Challenge exam testing.
  5. Pay for the pre-admission HESI A2 nursing exam; schedule testing, and take the exam. (scheduling available November 15 thru February 21).
  6. Complete the online LPN to RN nursing application and submit application fee(Application opens February 1 thru March 15)


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.


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



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