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Since its first graduating class in 1973, The University of Tulsa has graduated more than 1,400 nurses with the bachelor of science in nursing degree. Graduates are prepared for employment in hospital and community health agencies. Job opportunities abound for TU nursing graduates. There is a high demand for nurses that is expected to continue for the next 20 years. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares students to assume leadership roles within their organization and prepares them to enter graduate programs.  At TU, there is a pre-licensure option for students who want to enter the nursing profession as a registered nurse.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares students to assume leadership roles within their organization and prepares them to enter graduate programs.  At TU, there is a pre-licensure option for students who want to enter the nursing profession as a registered nurse.  This program option prepares the student for the nursing licensure exam (NCLEX).  The RN to BSN program option is for students who have completed an associate’s degree in nursing and have successfully completed the NCLEX exam and have a current nursing license.  Students in both options benefit from strong community relationships with local healthcare providers, excellent experiential learning activities, and highly personalized learning opportunities to help students make connections with passionate mentors and alumni.

Students in the pre-licensure option begin clinical experiences during the spring semester of their sophomore year. This gives students five semesters to develop their clinical skills whereas most programs incorporate four. Students can gain experience at a number of area hospitals and community agencies preparing them for employment in a range of health care settings after graduation.

The RN to BSN program option allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree in as little as 12 months of full-time study.  This online option offers competitive tuition rates, flexible scheduling, and mentored practicum experiences.

The School of Nursing BSN program has accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000 and program approval by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. It is a member of the Council on Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Program Objectives

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the undergraduate program in Nursing will demonstrate achievement of competencies appropriate to role preparation. Specifically, students will be able to: (Learning Outcomes)

  1. Value the dignity and worth of humans, acknowledging biopsychosocial and cultural stimuli that influence adaption
  2. Utilize adaption theory in decision making and assisting individuals, families and communities to achieve their maximum level of adaption
  3. Use problem-solving skills, critical thinking, independent judgment and continual evaluation to improve nursing care
  4. Evaluate and utilize research and theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and physical and behavioral sciences in nursing practice
  5. Utilize leadership skills, accepting responsibility and being accountable for choice of nursing interventions to promote adaptation
  6. Collaborate with colleagues on the interdisciplinary health team and serve as an advocate to promote health and welfare of clients through the political and professional process
  7. Participate in identifying local, state and national health needs and effective changes to improve health care
  8. Pursue further development of self and the profession in order to promote quality health care
BSN Clinical Experiences

Nursing students begin their clinical experience during the spring semester of the sophomore year with their first Nursing Interventions course and continue through their senior year. Students will have experiences in acute care agencies, clinics, home health agencies, hospices, schools, child care facilities and long-term care agencies.

Clinical CourseHours per WeekClincal Experience
NSG 2273 Nursing Interventions I9Lab, child care, long-term care
NSG 3174 Nursing Interventions II12Medical-surgical, obstetrical, home visits and health fairs
NSG 3274 Nursing Interventions III12Medical-surgical, pediatrics, community health settings
NSG 4174 Nursing Interventions IV12Medical-surgical, psychiatric (acute and community), community clinics
NSG 4275 Nursing Interventions V15Leadership Experience in Hospital

Major Clinical Agencies

Hillcrest Medical Center
Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
Saint Francis Hospital
St. John Medical Center

Practice Settings
  • Community Health
  • Home Health
  • Hospital
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Long-Term Care Facility
  • Rehabilitation Facility
  • Education
  • Research
  • Business and Industry
Degree Options

Nursing, B.S.N.

Prepares students for licensure examination and employment in hospital, clinic and community health agencies.

Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N. Option

Designed for associate degree-prepared registered nurses to obtain a bachelor of science degree in as little as 12 months with a majority of coursework offered in a convenient, online format. Student will complete a minimum of 35 hours of TU credits to earn the B.S.N. degree.

 

Pre-licensure BSN Admission & Financial Aid

Once admitted to The University of Tulsa, all qualified undergraduate students who have declared nursing as a major are provisionally accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

For full admission to the nursing program, students must complete an application.
Prospective TU students – Click here to apply
Current TU students – Click here to apply

Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 1st and must be completed prior to July 31st to begin in the fall semester.

Full admission to the program is confirmed, via a letter sent to the student, when the provisionally accepted student meets all academic and professional requirements and standards as defined by The University of Tulsa, the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, accrediting bodies, and local hospitals. These requirements include:

    • a C or higher in BIOL 2153 Human Anatomy, BIOL 2151 Human Anatomy Laboratory, BIOL 2173 Human Physiology, and BIOL 2171 Human Physiology Laboratory
    • a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 to be admitted to the Level I sophomore nursing courses
    • AHS 2133 Life Span Processes or PSY 3063 Developmental Psychology, AHS 2122 Normal Nutrition, and NSG 1012 Overview of Nursing must be completed prior to the spring sophomore courses

Prospective nursing students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 85 on the internet-based examination with a sub-score of 26 for speaking. Foreign college credit requires a “Full Education Course-by-Course Report” by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools prior to admission to the School of Nursing. Advanced standing may be obtained with approval of courses on college transcripts.

Financial Aid

The University of Tulsa recognizes that financing a quality college education is often difficult, and we are dedicated to providing equal access to all qualified students. Upon being admitted to The University of Tulsa, if eligible, scholarship assistance is determined by the Office of Admission. Federal and state aid, which consists of grants, work-study and loans are available through the university’s Office of Student Financial Services. To receive federal/state aid students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing TU’s school code on the FAFSA (003185). If additional information is needed by Student Financial Services in order to determine eligibility for financial aid, communication will occur through the student’s TU email account.

Additional funds may be awarded directly to the students by Tulsa hospitals for their junior and senior years. Students repay these additional funds by working for the funding institution after graduation. Out-of-town students who plan to return home after graduation should check with their local hospitals for similar financial assistance.

Other sites students should check for nursing scholarships:

Indian Health Service. Provides nursing scholarships for American Indians and Alaskan Native students.

National Student Nurses Association. Provides nursing scholarships for active members with excellent academic records.

CampusRN and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Offer scholarships for students pursuing professional nursing education programs. The site also contains a listing of nursing scholarships.

Nursing Scholarship. Nursing Scholarship Program provides support for tuition, fees and books as well as a monthly stipend.

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc. Five national ethnic nurse associations provide nursing scholarships. This site provides the email addresses to each association president, who will send scholarship information.

Oklahoma PMTC Nursing Student Assistance Program. A program established in 1982 to provide financial assistance to Oklahoma nursing students pursuing LPN, ADN, BSN or MSN degrees. The scholarship loan is repaid by practicing nursing in Oklahoma, with emphasis placed on rural communities.

RN to BSN Admission and Financial Aid

The following requirements must be met for admission to this program:

  • Associate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program;
  • An unencumbered United States RN license; and
  • Documentation of required immunizations, criminal background check, and CPR certification.

Applying for TU’s RN to BSN program is a two-step process.

  1. Complete the University of Tulsa transfer application. Application instructions – visit this page.
  2. Complete an application for the RN to BSN program. Apply now – visit this page.

Offers of admission to the RN to BSN program are conditional pending receipt and evaluation of all items listed below.

  • Copies of all transcripts from other colleges/universities
  • 10 panel drug testing by SAMHSA Certified Lab (report sent by lab directly to School of Nursing)
  • Criminal background check including Oklahoma Department of Corrections Sex Offenders Registration List (check is conducted by the school)
  • Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Documentation of the following is due by August 15.

  • MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella)
  • Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria) renew every 10 years
  • Hepatitis B (or sign waiver)
  • TB screening (due yearly) or chest x-ray (initial screening is a two-step process)
  • Documentation of varicella (chicken pox) or vaccination
  • American Heart Association “Health Care Provider” CPR certification

The University of Tulsa does not require minimum specifications for student owned devices. Any modern computer purchased from a reputable manufacturer such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Apple, etc… will be sufficient. The computer must have Internet access and the ability to view/edit Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The University of Tulsa provides active students with a free license for Microsoft Office, the software is available for download at: https://office.utulsa.edu

Financial Aid

The University of Tulsa recognizes that financing a quality college education is often difficult, and we are dedicated to providing equal access to all qualified students. Upon being admitted to The University of Tulsa, if eligible, scholarship assistance is determined by the Office of Admission.  Federal and state aid, which consists of grants, work-study and loans are available through the university’s Office of Student Financial Services.  To receive federal/state aid students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing TU’s school code on the FAFSA (003185). If additional information is needed by Student Financial Services in order to determine eligibility for financial aid, communication will occur through the student’s TU email account.

Additional funds may be awarded directly to the students by Tulsa hospitals for their junior and senior years. Students repay these additional funds by working for the funding institution after graduation. Out-of-town students who plan to return home after graduation should check with their local hospitals for similar financial assistance.

Other sites students should check for nursing scholarships:

Indian Health Service. Provides nursing scholarships for American Indians and Alaskan Native students.

National Student Nurses Association. Provides nursing scholarships for active members with excellent academic records.

CampusRN and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Offer scholarships for students pursuing professional nursing education programs. The site also contains a listing of nursing scholarships.

Nursing Scholarship. Nursing Scholarship Program provides support for tuition, fees and books as well as a monthly stipend.

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, Inc. Five national ethnic nurse associations provide nursing scholarships. This site provides the email addresses to each association president, who will send scholarship information.

Oklahoma PMTC Nursing Student Assistance Program. A program established in 1982 to provide financial assistance to Oklahoma nursing students pursuing LPN, ADN, BSN or MSN degrees. The scholarship loan is repaid by practicing nursing in Oklahoma, with emphasis placed on rural communities.

Pre-licensure BSN Four Year Schedule

Nursing courses begin during the fall semester of the Sophomore year. Students must apply and be admitted prior to taking nursing courses. Courses are taken in the order listed.

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and ArgumentationElective
Mathematics with ApplicationsBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
Human Anatomy + Lab *Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Block II - Business and SocietyBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Nursing OrientationHuman Physiology + Lab *
Introduction to Spreadsheets
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
NSG 1012, Overview of NursingApplied Science I
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationNursing Science I
Developmental Psychology *Nursing Interventions
Chemistry in Medicine (Block III) *Pharmacology
Normal Nutrition *Microbiology for Health Professionals
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Applied Science IIApplied Science III
Nursing Science IINursing Science III
Nursing Intervention IINursing Intervention III
Statistics IIntroduction to Applied Health Care Research
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Applied Science IVNursing Science V
Nursing Science IVNursing Intervention V
Nursing Intervention IVNursing Trends
ElectiveWriting for the Professions
Elective

* Introduction to College Writing or its equivalent may be a prerequisite in some cases.

RN to BSN Schedule

Active, unencumbered RN license

TRANSFER CREDITSCREDITS AWARDED
TOTAL FOR TRANSFER72
English Composition II3
College Algebra3
Human Anatomy with Lab4
Human Physiology with Lab4
General Education Courses: Humanities and Social Sciences18
Chemistry4
Microbiology3
Developmental Psychology3
Nutrition3
Pharmacology3
Core Nursing Content24

Credits earned by transfer of upper level hours or professional portfolio* up to 18

BSN Nursing Major Required Courses  
TOTAL CREDITS EARNED35 CREDITS
SEMESTER ONE11 CREDITS
Advanced Nursing AssessmentNSG 41122 credits
Professional Role IntegrationNSG 41255 credits
Quality Across Health Systems I (practicum)NSG 44144 credits
SEMESTER TWO12 CREDITS
Community Nursing for RNsNSG 42455 credits
Technology in Nursing & Health CareNSG 42333 credits
Quality Across Health Systems IINSG 44244 credits
SEMESTER THREE12 CREDITS
Health Care Research with StatisticsNSG 42355 credits
BSN Leadership CapstoneNSG 43533 credits
Quality Across Health Systems IIINSG 44344 credits

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR RN TO BSN COMPLETION = 125
*See Professional Nursing Portfolio Credit worksheet