Eastern Oklahoma State College's Nursing program prepares individuals to perform client-centered care at the beginning staff nurse level. Graduates may pursue career interests in a variety of specialty areas and services.
Nursing Program Mission Statement
Nursing education in the community college setting provides an affordable and accessible avenue for associate degree education that also supports educational mobility. The curriculum reflects study in both nursing, general education, and health related sciences. Nursing at Eastern is supportive of both the generic and LPN/EMTP transitional tracks leading to an associate degree in applied science. Graduates are encouraged to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
The Division of Nursing offers an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree (AAS) in Wilburton and Idabel. Students who complete this degree are eligible to take the examinations necessary to qualify for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)*. There is an accelerated track available for students who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or EMT - Paramedics.
Admission to Nursing
The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Eastern Oklahoma State College has a minimum criterion for admission and standards for achievement which are to be met for retention and progression. Visit the Admission to Nursing webpage for more information.
The Nursing program application is an online application. Prior to completing it, please be aware of the following:
- Please meet with an advisor for review prior to submission. This is a requirement for the application.
- Each of your documents must be attached. Please have individual forms in an electronic format prior to application.
- If using a phone, please use a PDF app to convert pictures.
- If you are unable to attach within the application, please email/scan to the Nursing Office. See contact information below.
- If any separate documents are sent to the Nursing Office, please make sure the correct legal name matches the applicant's name.
Eligibility Requirements by the State of Oklahoma for Licensure
The Eastern Oklahoma State College Nursing program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status [59 O.S. §§567.5 & 567.6]. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:
- A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
- A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
- Admission into the United States in refugee status;
- A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
- Approved deferred action status; or
- A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.
The Board has the authority to deny a license, recognition or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or an administrative penalty; or to issue and otherwise discipline a license, recognition or certificate to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on any professional or occupational license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. Potential applicants to state-approved education programs, with a criminal history, may obtain an initial determination of eligibility for licensure or certification from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for a fee. The initial determination of eligibility for licensure petition can be accessed at http://nursing.ok.gov/initialdeterm.pdf
History and Accreditation
Eastern Oklahoma State College's Department of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Learn more about the history, accreditation, philosophy and objectives of the Department of Nursing.
Student Achievement Data
Download the EOSC Student Achievement Data Report (pdf) to view the NCLEX-RN pass rates, job placement rates and program completion rates of Eastern Nursing graduates.
Review an estimate of expected expenses (pdf) for an associate degree in Nursing.
Nursing Student Handbook
The Nursing Student Handbook provides detailed information about Eastern's Nursing degrees, guidelines, policies, forms and more. Download and review the Nursing Student Handbook (pdf).
Current/Accepted Students - Update Contact Information
If you have been accepted to the Nursing program, or are currently a student in the Nursing program, please use our online form to keep your contact information updated. This is for current or accepted program students only.
Gina Bullock, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Administrative Assistant to the Health Sciences Division
and Behavioral & Social Sciences Division
Full contact list for Nursing Faculty