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Traditional B.S.N. Program

Admissions to Pre-Professional Component

Fall 2019 opens December 1, 2018 and closes February 4, 2019.

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 website 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 website. 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 1 on this website. Students who have more than 12 hours of general education and/or pre-professional courses to complete following the spring semester are not eligible for application. 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 below. All application materials must be turned in as specified below. The application file must contain the following information to be considered complete and for the applicant to be considered for admission:

  1. All applicants, currents SWOSU students and transfer students, must complete the following online application. If you are a current SWOSU student (must be enrolled this semester), you need only to fill out this brief demographic information. If you are a former SWOSU student (not currently enrolled this semester) or a transfer student, you will be prompted to first complete the SWOSU application. All applicants must have an active SWOSU ID in Campus Connect. This step must be completed first in the application process and takes several days after admission to SWOSU for the student ID to become active. Once you’ve received notice of admission to SWOSU, please e-mail pam.colvard@swosu.edu and request to be added to the Canvas application Board. Currently enrolled students should proceed to e-mail pam.colvard@swosu.edu and request addition to the Canvas application board as soon as they decide to apply. Students will be able to submit the majority of their application materials via our SWOSU Canvas Application board, and can check the status of their application via this board at any time. After receiving admission to SWOSU, the student should follow the information that was e-mailed with their admissions letter to learn how to access their SWOSU e-mail and Canvas accounts. All communication from the School of Nursing will be sent via the Canvas Application board and SWOSU e-mail, and applicants are responsible for checking both throughout the application process and until they receive a notice of acceptance or a decline to admit. Once the applicant has logged on to Canvas, proceed to the dashboard tab on the left, and accept the invitation to the application board. This is where you will submit the majority of your application information. If you have received admission to SWOSU and have not yet received a Canvas board invitation to the application board, please contact pam.colvard@swosu.edu
  2. Spring class schedules – from SWOSU or your current school. This will be uploaded by the student via the Canvas board. 
  3. Verification of required GPA – official (sealed) consolidated SWOSU transcript inclusive of all other transcripts or current school transcript(s). MUST include fall semester grades. Students will turn this in to the School of Nursing. Note: this is in addition to the official transcripts required by SWOSU for admission.
  4. Current degree check (must include fall grades) – from SWOSU Registrar: If you are currently enrolled at SWOSU or have previously completed at least 12 hours at SWOSU, go to the following link Degree Check Request Information. 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 e-mailed to you. Please upload this file to the applicant Canvas board. 
  5. OSBI Criminal History Information Request – must include name-based, sex offender and violent offender searches. Please submit to the School of Nursing via mail or in person.
  6. TEAS Entrance Exam – 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 bring a copy with them when they meet with advisor. Please review the Entrance Test Information. TEAS test results must be turned in to the School of Nursing in person or via mail. 
  7. Review the Estimated Expenses and  Performance Standards. Sign the Performance Standards AgreementCourse Admission Requirements and the School of Nursing Handbook. Students must acknowledge receipt and review of these documents in the Canvas application board.
  8. Students must also answer several demographic and licensure questions within the Canvas application board. 
  • 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.

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