Traditional B.S.N. Program

Admissions to Pre-Professional Component

Fall 2017 opens December 1, 2016 
and closes February 6, 2017.

The pre-nursing program at SWOSU is open to registered nurses seeking a BSN, high school graduates, and college transfer students who have not completed the pre-nursing curriculum for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. All students must qualify for admission to the University before enrolling in the pre-nursing curriculum. This program is not for those who already have an associate's degree in nursing. Those students should apply to the RN to BSN program. 

Regulations concerning admission and credit transfer to SWOSU are listed elsewhere on the university Web site or may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Admission to the Professional Nursing Component Non-Registered Nurse Students

Students are admitted to the professional component of the nursing major each fall term. Satisfactory completion of all pre-professional requirements to the nursing major plus scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is required of all generic (non-RN) students before admittance to the upper level. Certain pre-professional courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A listing of these courses is available from Nursing and on this Web site. An overall grade-point average of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for consideration for admission to the professional component. Application forms are available by December 1st on this Web site. The student will receive official notification regarding acceptance by the end of the spring semester.

Application and Selection Process

The Nursing faculty establishes the operating policies and methods of applicant selection. The Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant's admission materials to assess whether or not admission criteria are met. Applicants are then ranked based on a combination of factors. Applicants are accepted into the program based on ranking.

The number of applicants accepted will reflect the appropriate student-faculty ratio to meet the program's goals and the availability of appropriate clinical resources.

To apply to the BSN program, please ensure you've completed all items on the application checklist (put current top link here, please). All application materials must be turned in to the School of Nursing main office. The application file must contain the following information to be considered complete:

  1.  Application – completed online at School of Nursing Application and Selection webpage.
  2.  Performance Standards Agreement Form – review Performance Standards for the School of Nursing and sign the form. Form is found on School of Nursing Application and Selection webpage.
  3.  Spring class schedules – from SWOSU or your current school.
  4. Verification of required GPA – official consolidated SWOSU transcript inclusive of all other transcripts or current school transcript(s). MUST include fall semester grades.
  5. Verification of admission – to SWOSU (transfer student only). Copy of university acceptance letter or email.
  6. Current degree check (must include fall grades) – from SWOSU Registrar: If you are currently enrolled at SWOS Uor have previously completed at least 12 hours at SWOSU, go to the following link Degree Check Request Information and complete the request. If you are NOT currently enrolled at SWOSU or have NOT completed at least 12 hours at SWOSU, you can contact the registrar’s office at registrar@swosu.edu if you have questions about transfer work or degree requirements. NOTE: Degree Check will be emailed to you and to the School of Nursing.
  7. OSBI Criminal History Information Request – must include name-based, sex offender and violent offender searches. See instructions at School of Nursing Application and Selection webpage.
  8. TEAS Entrance Exam – focused on Adjusted Individual Total Score, Reading and Math. See test information at School of Nursing Application and Selection webpage. ALL above TEAS scores must meet or exceed the program mean and test must be Program Type BSN. Test results will be provided by Assessment Center at SWOSU, and the student should plan to meet with their advisor to discuss their results. Students are expected to keep a copy of their results and to provide a copy to the School of Nursing. Please review the Directions for Entrance Test and the Entrance Test Information.
  9. Review the estimated expenses
  10. Read the Performance Standards, sign the Performance Standards Agreement, and turn this document in to the School of Nursing
  11. Review the Course Admission Requirements
  12. Review the School of Nursing Handbook
  13. Review letter from the Associate Dean
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received by the first Monday in February. 

Advanced Standing Examinations (Pre-Professional)

Advanced standing examinations are a means by which a student may receive credit for certain courses by examination. Advanced Standing Examinations and College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) tests are available for challenge of some courses in the pre-nursing curriculum. No more than 31 hours in the lower division may be challenged and applied toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Advanced standing examinations and CLEP testing are available through the Assessment Center.

Retention and Promotion - BSN Programs

Retention and Promotion of a BSN Student in Nursing

  • Retention of a BSN nursing student in good standing is dependent upon:
    • Maintenance of a retention grade point average of 2.00 or better.
    • Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better in nursing courses.
    • Earning a "C" or better in each prerequisite.
    • Earning a "C" or better in each nursing course.
  • To achieve a passing grade in any nursing course, the student must receive a "C" or better in both clinical/laboratory experience and theory. If the clinical/laboratory experience takes place in more than one facility, there must be a passing grade ("C" or better) for the student's performance at each facility.
  • Policy concerning promotion: If at the end of a semester, a student fails to maintain an overall (cumulative) grade point average of 2.00 AND an overall grade point average of 2.00 in all nursing courses, the student will be placed on academic probation. (See the Nursing Student Handbook regarding details of retention and promotion.)

Requirements for Graduation - BSN

Each student must meet University requirements for a bachelor's degree. The minimum number of credit hours required for graduation is 127 semester hours, the last 30 hours of which must have been completed at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Requirements for Licensure to Practice Profession

To be licensed as a registered nurse, an individual must graduate from a state approved nursing program, such as SWOSU. Candidates for licensure as a registered nurse in Oklahoma must pass a National Council Licensure Examination. This examination is administered under the direction of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at SWOSU satisfies the educational requirements required of candidates desiring to take this examination.

Computer Requirement Recommended Setup

  • Courses with quizzes require the use of Lockdown Browser, which operates with Internet Explorer. Students should have access to this web browser when taking courses that require quizzes. 
  • SWOSU strongly suggests the use of a desktop pc vs a tablet for our courses; tablets do not allow for an optimized learning experience for online courses. 
  • Internet access required (Broadband, Cable, DSL is recommended as students with dial-up may experience degraded performance)
  • Windows Vista/7 or later or Mac OS X or later
  • 2GB of RAM minimum
  • 2 GHz or faster processor
  • 60GB hard drive or larger
  • Sound card
  • Speakers and headphone connected to the computer
  • Microphone (can be built in)
  • Inkjet or laser printer
  • Web browser (Internet Explorer ver. 8.0 or higher, Firefox ver. 3.5 or higher, Chrome 7.0 or later, Safari 5.0 or later)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or later for PC (Mac 2011 or later)
  • Adobe Reader ver. 9 or higher
  • Adobe Flash Player ver. 10 or higher
  • Apple QuickTime ver. 7 or higher
  • Windows Media Player ver. 11 or higher
  • Antivirus software (e.g., McAfee or Norton) installed, running, and kept current by promptly installing the upgrades and patches made available by the software manufacturer
  • Webcam (minimum resolution at 640x480 standard definition)
  • Monitoring software is required for online exams in two courses (statistics and evidence-based practice), and is an additional cost
  • Note: students should have personal internet connections as some workplaces block all or part of the learning management material.

Software Requirements

Note: students should have personal internet connections as some workplaces block all or part of the learning management material.