General Information

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The School offers the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to the traditional generic student and to the registered nurse (RN) student. Please see the Nursing Handbook for details.

History

The SWOSU Nursing program was established in 1976 under the Department of Biological Sciences. The program was the first rural baccalaureate nursing program in Oklahoma.

Accreditation/Memberships

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone: 404.975.5000; is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing; and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing.

Link to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.: http://www.nlnac.org/

Link to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing: http://www.ok.gov/nursing/

Instructional Resources

A qualified faculty engaged in teaching, private practice, research, community service, clinical practice and consultation, offer a quality instructional program. Formal lectures, seminars, small group discussions, guest lecturers, online instruction, laboratory demonstration/ practice and scheduled clinical experiences are the methods of instruction used to insure the student of a high quality instructional program.

Instructional facilities are varied to enhance learning experiences. Among those used are rural and urban acute and long-term health care facilities, day care and senior citizen centers, area health departments, and home health care agencies.

Advisement

Each student enrolled in pre-nursing and/or the professional component is assigned a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser assists the student in developing, following, and updating, as necessary, the individual curriculum plan for each student. The student, however, has final responsibility for adherence to curriculum requirements.

Financial Information

Financing the professional nursing program is the responsibility of the student. Application for financial aid is through Student Financial Services. Additional sources of financial aid are available after the student is accepted into the major.

Fees and Charges

The following fees and charges are the financial responsibility of the student:

  • Liability Insurance. Students are required to maintain current liability insurance during the professional component of the program.
  • Uniforms. Uniforms and other equipment as necessary for clinical practicum.
  • Immunizations/Screenings. Certain immunizations and screenings are required for clinical courses.
  • Background checks
  • Drug screens
  • Licensure application

Refer to Programs of Study for estimated expenses.

Careers in Nursing

Since health care delivery is constantly changing, the role of the nurse in the delivery of health care continues to change. Those who enter the nursing profession have numerous opportunities as generalists in a variety of settings as well as have a foundation to continue in graduate education for specialized areas of nursing.

Careers in nursing cover many diversified areas. Nurses today work with many different individuals and groups such as, infants, children, adults and the elderly in a variety of settings including hospitals, communities, schools, homes, clinics, industry, prisons and military installations, both home and abroad.

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