Nursing offers graduates a wide array of professional career choices. OBU Graduates are prepared for hospital, school, and community settings where they manage acute and chronic patient care and promote health and wellness. Nursing professionals specialize in geriatrics, pediatrics, oncology, emergency, medical, surgical, neonatal, obsterics, and many other areas of health care. Upon graduation, our graduates will be expected to:
- Base practice on current knowledge, theory, and evidence related to health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and illness management across the lifespan and with diverse cultures using the roles of educator, practitionerand leader;
- Exhibit critical thinking skills sufficient for beginning nursing practice;
- Demonstrate informatics and technology competence to promote safety, quality and efficiency in health care delivery and professional practice;
- Exhibit caring relationships in the provision of health care, creating an environment in which all parties can achieve and maintain dignity as a holistic being;
- Integrate faith consistent with the Judeo Christian belief system into professional practice and service;
- Exhibit acceptance and respect to persons whose values, attitudes, and beliefs are different from those of the nurse while providing culturally sensitive care in varied settings with diverse populations;
- Exhibit interprofessional collaboration by communicating, collaborating and forming partnerships with interdisciplinary teams, clients, families and populations;
- Exercise management of physical, fiscal and human resources to meet the health care needs of the client, families and populations;
- Begin to participate in activities that shape the health care delivery system through civic engagement, service and the political and regulatory processes;
- Assume moral, ethical and legal responsibility and accountability for practice based on current standards of practice, the ANA Code of Ethics and laws related to health care;
- Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning by planning for personal and professional development.
- Facilitate growth towards holistic wellness and self-care by empowering individuals, families, communities and oneself.
After being accepted into the University and having completed NURS 2024, the student may apply for enrollment in the upper division nursing courses. An application for admission may be obtained from the College of Nursing Website. In addition, the student must complete a battery of tests through the Student Services Office. Each applicant is considered by a committee composed of faculty from the College of Nursing. Admission to and continuation in the nursing program requires a professional review by the faculty. Criteria for admission to and progression in the Nursing Area of Concentration are listed below.
The following criteria must be met for conditional admission into the nursing program:
- Earn a minimum 2.25 GPA in General Education courses
- Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”: CHEM 1124, BIOL 2354, SOCI 1223, BIOL 2274, BIOL 2364, MATH 1163, PSYC 1223, and MATH 2003
- Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”: NURS 1101, NURS 2013, and NURS 2024
- Repeat no more than a total of two courses in the entire nursing degree program requirements at the time of application *(May repeat any one course only one time.)
- Achieve a satisfactory score (determined by faculty) on a Mathematics Calculation Exam during NURS 2024
- Completion of immunizations, CPR, Background Check and Drug screen as outlined below
The following criteria must be met for full admission into the nursing program:
- Completion of all general education courses and prerequisites for nursing degree program. (exception Ethics 3hrs – Biblical REL 3703, Fine Arts 3hrs – FNAR 2063)
- Completion of all conditional requirements.
General Criteria for Progression in Area of Concentration Courses
Once a student has been admitted to the College of Nursing, the following progression criteria must be met to remain in the program:
- Earn a minimum grade of “C” or better in the Area of Concentration courses.
- Repeat no more than a total of two courses in the entire nursing degree program requirements. *(May repeat any one course only one time.)
- Achieve a satisfactory score (determined by faculty) on a Mathematics Calculation Exam each semester.
- Achieve a minimum average of 70% on exams in each of the following courses: NURS 3156, NURS 3164, NURS 3171, NURS 3181, NURS 3223, NURS 4043, NURS 4134, NURS 4143, and NURS 4153.
- Maintain current CPR, TB, Influenza vaccination and any other immunizations requirements requested by the clinical agency.
Prior to the first day of class in NURS 2024 (due date designated by College of Nursing), student must provide:
- HEPATITIS B VACCINE with dates of each injection or declination completed. A complete Hepatitis B vaccination series (series of three orwaiver) is required;
- Negative tuberculin skin test(s) (in conformity with the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s guidelines, as expressed at Oklahoma Administrative Code 310:667-5-4) or negative chest x-ray;
- VARICELLA (chicken pox): A two injection series; a written verification of varicella history, varicella vaccination or a varicella titer by a physician or a physician’s designee;
- MEASLES MUMPS, and RUBELLA (MMR) vaccination(s) or positive titer(s), including two appropriately spaced doses of the measles and mumps vaccines or positive mumps and measles titers;
- TENANUS-DIPHTHERIA and PERTUSSIS (TdaP) VACCINE: After initial TdaP, a routine booster of Td vaccine should be given at 10-year intervals;
- Seasonal influenza vaccinations and, at the request of the facility, vaccination for other strains of influenza;
- And any other immunizations that may be required by clinical agencies
- Basic Life Support and Automated Emergency Defibrillation CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association)
For courses taken during the summer session at another college or university, all official transcripts must be in the Academic Center no later than August 15, or student will not be considered for fall admission into the nursing program.