Nursing Accreditation & History

Eastern Oklahoma State College's Department of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Their contact information is:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

History of Nursing Program Accreditation

Associate Degree Nursing education began in the 1950s based upon a research project. Associate Degree Nursing is the first type of nursing education to be planned; the first to begin by experimentation. Associate Degree Nursing was viewed as being appropriate for community colleges and has been successful with anticipated growth for the future.

In Oklahoma, Associate Degree education began in 1963 at Bacone College. Associate Degree Nursing began at Eastern Oklahoma State College with the admission of the first class in 1971.

In 1985, Eastern started the transition program for LPN’s. In 1992, Eastern added a transition program for LPN’s at the Idabel campus via Interactive Television. In 2001, Eastern admitted sophomore level classes via ITV at the McAlester Branch Campus for one year. In 2007, Eastern re-opened the McAlester Branch Campus for sophomore level students and added freshman level courses via ITV at the Idabel Campus with qualified full-time faculty. In 2015, Eastern added the freshman level to the McAlester Branch Campus.

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Eastern Oklahoma State College was accredited initially by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing in 1971 and the National League for Nursing in 1974. The school has maintained both OBN and ACEN accreditation since that time. Eastern has been a stable force in educating nurses having over 1000 graduates since 1973.

Philosophy and Outcomes

The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is congruent with the Eastern Oklahoma State College mission statement and is supported by the works of Marjory Gordon, Virginia Henderson, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Eastern Oklahoma State College nursing program is also supported by Bruner’s Learning Theory. The nursing program prepares graduates to provide care, to manage care, and to become members of the nursing profession. Student Learning Outcomes in this preparation include: professional behaviors, assessment, communication, decision-making, care interventions, teaching/learning, collaboration, and managing care. These student learning outcomes are introduced at the beginning of the program using a developmental approach and are developed throughout each nursing course in the curriculum. The conceptual model is based on utilization of the nursing process in meeting human developmental needs according to the developmental phases of man. Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies are congruent with and integrated into teaching/learning activities throughout the program. Emphasis is given to the major psycho-physiological health problems that might occur during each stage. The first nursing course is a broad introduction to nursing. The succeeding clinical courses progress through the life cycle.

The faculty believe that:

Each individual is a unique, holistic being with bio-psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual dimensions in constant interaction with the environment. Each individual has common functional patterns that reflect health, quality of life, and achievement of human potential.

Health is an ever-changing process involving patterns of interactions between persons and their environment to achieve maximum potential for daily living. The multi-determinants which affect health include internal and external factors which must be assessed by the nurse to identify the need for nursing intervention. Gordon’s functional health patterns are used for organizing assessment data to help identify actual or potential health problems and plan appropriate interventions to achieve specific outcomes.

Nursing is the art and science of caring for individuals in promoting, maintaining, or restoring health or supporting a peaceful death. The nursing process is used as a basis for decision making that is supported by evidenced-based clinical care.

The environment is comprised of all socio-cultural influences and biophysical conditions affecting the life and development of a person. Functional and dysfunctional health patterns affect an individual’s environment.

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.

Learning is a dynamic, life-long, individualized process. Learning at Eastern is supported through development of a teacher/student relationship with the student possessing willingness and accountability in learning and the teacher facilitating the development of critical thinking, clarity of thinking, communication, creative expression, self-direction, and other defined competencies in the curriculum. The faculty recognizes that students differ in the rate and style of learning, thus various strategies are planned to assist the student in achieving program competencies. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are introduced early in the program and are further developed throughout the curriculum. The nursing education curriculum includes experiences designed to promote the development of the learner as an individual and as a nurse. The school of nursing utilizes a diverse contemporary array of instructional technologies and formats to facilitate learning and enhance accessibility for a diverse student population. The philosophy embraces various individual learning styles, talents and interests. Distance learning strategies include but are not limited to the following: interactive television, Smartboards, Blackboard Learning Management System, internet, and audio visual material.
The nursing faculty accepts the Position Statement of Associate Degree Nursing as adopted by the Oklahoma Associate Degree Nursing Educators, the Oklahoma Board of Nursing guidelines for nursing practice, the National League for Nursing AD Competencies, and the American Nurses Associations code of ethics; furthermore, we believe Eastern’s nursing program mission/philosophy to be congruent with these statements.

The Eastern Oklahoma State College Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes include:

  1. Demonstrates evidenced based practice on current knowledge, theory, and nursing research.
  2. Demonstrates responsibility, accountability, and competency in nursing practice.
  3. Collaborates in partnerships to effectively use time, human, and material resources, including appropriate delegation and supervision. 
  4. Communicates caring nurse behaviors for diverse clients in a variety of settings. 
  5. Utilizes holistic health data in the nursing process.
  6. Develop, implement, and evaluate individualized learning plans for health promotion.
  7. Provides patient advocacy.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are identified with progression throughout each nursing course:

  1. Professional Behaviors.
  2. Communication
  3. Assessment
  4. Clinical Decision Making
  5. Caring Interventions
  6. Teaching and Learning
  7. Collaboration
  8. Managing Care