Eastern Oklahoma State College

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)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
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.