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Frequently Asked Questions

This is an online BSN completion program designed for those who already hold an associate degree in Nursing or those enrolled in their last semester of an associate degree program.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The average amount of time is 5 to 6 8-week sessions. Beginning in spring 2015, all courses will be offered in 8-week sessions, with 5 total sessions per calendar year (2 sessions each in the spring and fall semesters, one session in the summer semester). The program is designed to be flexible for the working student, and students may opt for either part-time or full-time status, depending on their needs. The student has up to 5 years to complete the program once accepted. Students complete in as little as 12 months.

Is the program completely online?

Yes, the professional nursing courses are delivered completely online in our learning management system. Students may opt to take any needed pre-professional or general education courses online from SWOSU if offered by the University, to test out of some general education courses via CLEP exam, or take the courses locally (after ensuring they will transfer). All exams are taken online and proctored using a webcam purchased by the student and monitoring software. Students are able to attend graduation, but are not required to do so.

Are there any clinical components to the program?

The program has practicum assignments, which may be completed by the student on their own time. Most courses contain a teaching-learning project in which students will apply their knowledge to a project that is completed outside of the classroom.  

Do you admit only once per year?

No, a student can apply Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. All of the courses are offered every semester. The Fall and Spring semesters are comprised of two sessions, both 8- weeks in length, and Summer is one 8-week session. Students may also apply prior to obtaining their RN license, although they must provide proof of licensure by the end of their first semester in order to continue taking courses in the program. If the NCLEX is not passed, students are given a grade of “incomplete” until the exam is successfully completed.

Do you admit out of state students?

Students who reside outside of Oklahoma should review the information in the application steps to see if we can accept students from their state. Students may receive an out-of-state tuition waiver dependent upon their GPA, and can contact the bursar’s office for more information at 580.774.3019.

Is the program “self-paced”?

No, the program follows the same academic calendar as the campus. Online students have the same holidays and breaks as the campus. Courses are taught by semesters, with two 8-week sessions offered in fall and spring, and one 8-week session offered in fall. Students must take Bridging Nursing Paradigms their first semester, and Issues and Concepts in their last semester. It is suggested that students take courses in numerical order. All nursing courses are 3 credit-hour courses.

Is your program accredited?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, 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.

Am I required to come to campus?

Online students are not required to come to campus at any time. However, University resources are available to students and they are welcome to utilize those resources. Students may opt to attend graduation or visit the Department of Nursing. If you would like to visit the Department of Nursing, please call 580.774.3261 to schedule an appointment.