Parker Hall Soon to be Home for SWOSU School of Nursing


The need for nurses in Oklahoma continues to grow and due to space limitations, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford has in the past had to turn away hopeful nursing students.

Help is on the way.

To increase the number of nursing students admitted into the program, SWOSU is renovating parts of Parker Hall to accommodate the growing program. The new site is expected to expand the nursing program by 50 percent and will be ready sometime this fall. 

Barbara Patterson, associate dean of the SWOSU School of Nursing, said the nursing program will be housed in the basement, lobby and first floor of the Parker Hall north wing. The renovation will include two new classrooms, one computer lab, two practice labs, a student lounge and office space.  Also, the new labs will feature new state-of-the art simulation equipment.

 Future tenants of Parker Hall include the Psychology Department and some offices of the SWOSU Music Department. According to SWOSU Vice President Tom Fagan, the two departments will take space on the second floor sometime in the future.