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EOSC Nursing - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have other questions not listed here, please contact the Nursing Division at 918.465.1794.

GENERAL

1. Is the EOSC nursing program accredited?
Yes. Our nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN).

2. Is the Nursing Program considered a full-time program?
a. The Nursing Division considers it full-time, even if all of your general education courses are completed, because of the study-time involved in the program.
b. It takes 2 years (4 semesters) of full-time attendance to complete the generic program once accepted into the nursing program. It takes 1 1/2 years (3 semesters) of full-time attendance to complete the transition program once accepted.
c. Meet with a financial aid advisor for full time financial aid criteria.

3. How many hours can I work and still do well in the Nursing Program?

That varies on the student’s academic ability. We recommend that you study two to three hours a week for every credit hour that you are enrolled in. For the majority of individuals, it is very difficult to work full-time and go to school full-time.

4. When I finish this program, will I be a Registered Nurse?
Students who finish the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) with Board of Nursing approval. Upon successfully passing this exam you will be a Registered Nurse.

5. Do you have a LPN/EMTP-RN program?
Eastern does have a LPN/EMTP-RN transition program. Please see the transition degree plan to review required courses.

6. If I took my science classes out of state, do I have to take the science equivalency exams?
No. As of January 2014, the science equivalency exams are not required. Points will be given according to the grade in approved/transferable science classes. Please refer to the Nursing Student Handbook and contact a nursing advisor.

7. May I take all my sciences at once?
Some science courses have pre-requisite classes; therefore, not all can be taken at the same time. Please see the academic catalog or nursing advisor to review the pre-requisite courses.

8. Do I have to be a CNA to be accepted to the program?
A CNA license is not required. Although with a current state issued CNA license, an applicant for the generic program can receive 2 points towards their application’s total points.

9. If I have all the general education classes completed can I complete the program quicker?
The four semesters of nursing courses cannot be combined. Each nursing course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before progressing to the next course.

10. Are there general education courses required to be taken prior to entering the program?
It is recommended that you take as many of the required general education courses as possible prior to entering the program.

11. What classes should I begin taking prior to admission to the nursing program?
Please see the Nursing Degree Plan for required classes. Note that grades in the required science classes for the Nursing program receive points toward admission. It is highly recommended that you see a nursing advisor prior to enrolling in your first semester at Eastern Oklahoma State College to assure that the appropriate courses are taken.

12. I have taken some of the prerequisite courses at another college or university. Will these courses transfer, and will I get credit for them for this program?
Most college credit courses that have been taken in Oklahoma will transfer. It is important to make an appointment with the Nursing Program Director or a nursing advisor for a transcript evaluation.

13. I have a bachelor’s degree. What does this mean for me?

A bachelor’s degree earns more points toward your application ranking (please see admission policy). You must still meet all courses for a nursing degree.

14. Once I get into the nursing program, how do I know what my schedule will be?
Once you have been accepted into the nursing program, you will be required to attend an orientation session. You will receive class materials outlining specific class and clinical times.

15. Do I get to pick where and when I go to clinical?
Students attend clinical in groups, with an instructor, and will be assigned rotations through approved facilities.

APPLICATION

16. What are the requirements to be eligible to apply to the nursing program?
a. The minimum requirements for application are an ACT composite score of a 19 and a retention GPA of a 2.5. Those who do not meet these requirements should make an appointment to see a nursing advisor to discuss possible options for raising their GPA and/or ACT and applying sometime in the future.
b. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Acceptance is based on the point system. See Nursing Student Handbook.

17. What is the first step in applying to the Nursing Program?

Contacting a nursing advisor is the first step. You can call or email an instructor at any campus to ask a question or make an appointment.

18. How do I get into the nursing program?
a. Applications are available online and must be submitted by February 15th. One class of students is admitted each year and start in the fall (August).
b. If you are applying for LPN/EMTP transition, applications must be submitted by October 1st. One class of LPN/EMTP-RN students is admitted each year and start in the spring (January).
c. The same application is used for the generic RN program and the LPN/EMTP-RN transition program.

19. I have submitted my application. When will I know if I am accepted?
All applications must be reviewed and applicants ranked per the admission policy. A letter will be mailed as soon the process is completed. Typically this is about six weeks.

20. Do I turn in my immunizations with my application?
Once you are accepted to the nursing program, you will need to gather proof of immunizations and have them ready for the first day of class. Please see the Nursing Student Handbook for our immunization policy.

21. Are there tips for applying to the Nursing Program?
Do not wait until the final days of the application period to begin accumulating necessary documents or to submit your application. Meet with a nursing advisor before the application deadline to verify completeness of the application. Contact the nursing office to confirm receipt of all required documentation before the deadline.

22. How is selection made for this program?
Selection is based on a point system. A detailed description of the selection process is part of the Nursing Student Handbook. Students should be aware that higher grades in the required science courses, a higher ACT and GPA result in more points. Total points for admission vary annually.

23. How many students apply to the Nursing Program each year and how many are accepted?
Applicant numbers vary each year but generally there are between 60 and 90 applicants. We accept approximately 40 to 60 students in the fall semester into the generic RN program and approximately 15-20 into the LPN-RN transition program (Wilburton and Idabel).