Nursing Undergraduate Programs - Oxley College of Health & Natural Sciences

Nursing Undergraduate Programs

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, we offer a pre-licensure program for students who want to enter the nursing profession as a registered nurse. The program prepares the student for the nursing licensure exam (NCLEX). Students 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 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.

See student achievement data for the BSN program here.

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.

  • Baccalaureate Nursing Program Mission

    The mission of The University of Tulsa Baccalaureate Nursing Program is to educate students who will become accomplished entry-level health care professionals and will advance health professions through clinical service, research and health teaching.

  • 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, BSN

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

    Accelerated BSN (Online)

    The University of Tulsa’s online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is built specifically for working professionals and adult learners who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and want to quickly transition to a nursing career – allowing them to complete their degree program in as few as 24 months.

    RN to BSN (Online)

    The University of Tulsa’s online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program is designed for RNs who want to take the next step in their career and fast-track the path to nursing leadership.

  • Pre-licensure BSN Admission & Financial Aid

    Offers of admission to the 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:

    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.

    Non-TU Transfer students – Click here to apply

    Freshmen TU students – Click here to apply

    Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 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 3.0 to be admitted to the Level I sophomore nursing courses.  If there are unfilled seats in Level I sophomore nursing courses, applicants with cumulative grade-point averages of less than 3.0 may be considered for admission.
      • 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 sub-score of 26 for speaking or have an IELTS overall score of 7.5, not less than a 7 speaking sub-score and no other sub-scores below 6.5.  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.

  • 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.

    Exposition and ArgumentationElective
    Mathematical FunctionsBlock I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
    Human Anatomy + Lab *Block II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    Block II - In Sickness and in HealthBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
    First Year ExperienceHuman Physiology + Lab *
    Introduction to Spreadsheets
    NSG 1012, Overview of NursingApplied Science I
    Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationNursing Science I
    Lifespan Processes *Nursing Interventions
    Chemistry in Medicine (Block III) *Pharmacology
    Normal Nutrition *Microbiology for Health Professionals
    Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
    Applied Science IIApplied Science III
    Nursing Science IINursing Science III
    Nursing Intervention IINursing Intervention III
    Statistics IIntroduction to Applied Health Care Research
    Applied Science IVNursing Science V
    Nursing Science IVNursing Intervention V
    Nursing Intervention IVNursing Trends
    ElectiveWriting for the Professions

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

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    1. Value the dignity and worth of humans acknowledging biopsychosocial and cultural stimuli that influence adaptation.
    2. Utilize adaptation 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 choices 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 patients through the political and professional process.
    7. Critically reflect on local, state and national health needs and effective changes to improve health care.
    8. Demonstrate development of self and the profession in order to promote quality health care.
  • Accreditation

    ACEN logoThe Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

    3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    The DNP program has also been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and it has been approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The School of Nursing is a member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to sit for national board certification in their respective field of study.

    Texas Workforce Commission Accelerated BSN Disclosure

    The University of Tulsa is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132.001(1)(B) of the Texas Education Code.

    The University of Tulsa is physically located in Oklahoma and has program approval by the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing and is authorized and regulated by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

    If you wish to file a complaint or contact the applicable regulatory agency, please refer to the ACEN website or visit our Student Complaint Policy for detailed instructions.