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  • OC starts online RN to BSN program

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will launch an online RN to BSN degree completion program in May. Oklahoma Christian will offer two classes every eight weeks, allowing students to complete the entire program and earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing in just 16 months. OC’s RN to BSN program will be the only one of its kind in Oklahoma. All classes – including needed prerequisites like Microbiology, Statistics and Humanities courses – will...

  • OC nursing grads help with relief in the Philippines

    Oklahoma Christian University nursing graduates Reagan Hightower and Erin Downing traveled to the Philippines in December to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan is the deadliest typhoon on record: a category five super typhoon that ripped through Southeast Asia in early November. “I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” said Reagan, a nurse in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “I really wanted to get over there, but I figured it would be ...

  • Academic departments honor outstanding alumni

    Oklahoma Christian University’s three academic colleges honored distinguished alumni during Homecoming weekend. OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, led by Dean David Lowry, recognized Dr. Randel Estep (’86) – Chemistry and Physics; Jason Leger (’00) – Art and Design; Matthew Loeber (’02) – Nursing; David Jones (’94) – Communication; Dr. Travis Montgomery (’02) – Language and Literature; Leah Ries (’83) – Music; ...

  • OC selects Elder as nursing chair

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University has chosen Kay Elder as chair of the university’s Department of Nursing. “This is an exciting time of growth for OC and the nursing department. We are welcoming a record number of freshman nursing majors this fall,” said Elder, who previously served as an assistant professor in the department. “I’m honored to help lead the department, especially as we move toward offering a completion program for registered ...

  • Nursing endowment honors former student

    Oklahoma Christian University held a public reception Wednesday to honor Rebecca Stafford and celebrate the support for a nursing endowment in her name.  Rebecca, a former OC student, lost her three-year battle with cancer on March 10, 2012 – two months shy of her 21st birthday. The accompanying video includes comments from Rebecca's parents, Barry and Tonda Stafford, OC nursing student Tiffany Richey, and OC representatives Will Blanchard and Linda Fly. Click here to read more about ...

  • OC holds undergraduate prices for second straight year

    Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year. The cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students also stayed the same from 2011-12 to 2012-13. “Affordability is a big deal to us because affordability is a big deal to students and their families,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Holding our total price is the right thing to do again because we want students to get a first-rate ...

  • Mercy opens clinic on OC campus

    Mercy Clinic has opened a permanent location, called Mercy Clinic at OC, on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. “We remember what it’s like to live on campus,” said Mercy Clinic at OC Medical Director Dr. Melinda Cail (OC alumna and daughter of Dr. James Cail, beloved retired Oklahoma Christian University psychology professor who taught for more than 30 years at OC). “Students have enough to worry about, so we want to make health care as simple ...

  • OC announces nursing scholarship endowment

    Mercy donation, large matching gift help meet fundraising goal OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University announced today the full endowment of the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing. A $10,000 gift from Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City helped meet the $50,000 fundraising goal, with a matching gift from an anonymous donor boosting the endowment to $100,000. Rebecca Stafford, a former Oklahoma Christian University student, lost her three-year battle with cancer in March....

  • Academic colleges honor alumni at Homecoming

    Oklahoma Christian University’s three colleges honored distinguished alumni on Friday. The special ceremonies were part of OC’s annual Homecoming weekend. The honorees were: College of Arts and Sciences Scott Filleman (05) - MusicAmanda Gauthier (11) - NursingJennifer Hill (94) - Psychology and Family StudiesRussell Hill (93) - History and Political ScienceLisa Landrum (89) - Biological SciencesDana McMichael (83) - Language and LiteratureBrian Simmons (87) - CommunicationRoy Stevens...

  • Oklahoma Christian nursing program seeking continued CCNE accreditation

    Public AnnouncementThe Oklahoma Christian University nursing program is seeking continued nursing professional accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Oklahoma Christian University will host a site CCNE accreditation visit on October 1-3, 2012. As an autonomous nursing professional accrediting agency, the CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate nursing programs. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage ...

  • OC Named "A Best in The West" College by The Princeton Review

    Oklahoma Christian University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “We are honored to be ranked among the best universities in the West region,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian. “...

  • Hinds' family part of OC's northwest pipeline

    If every first-time college parent could sit at the feet of Paul and Julie Hinds of Portland, Oregon, they’d get a calming perspective in the midst of the frantic season of applications, scholarships amounts, interest rates, deadlines, campus visits and separation anxiety. With six daughters, they’ve been there, done that … and have drawers full of OC t-shirts to prove it. Youngest daughter Emily graduated with an OC nursing degree this year, which marked the 20th anniversary ...

  • Nursing alumna provides aid during Joplin tornado relief

    We received notification from 2010 alumna Whitney McRay’s father, Todd McRay. On Sunday, when Whitney heard the pleas for medical personnel to go to Joplin, Mo., to help with tornado victims, she grabbed her Mercy Hospital nurse badge and stethoscope and headed to Joplin. She was directed to an AM/PM Clinic, where she found total chaos. She introduced herself to the lead doctor and he put her to work. She stayed until 1:00 a.m. helping hundreds of battered and injured people.&...

  • OC Nursing graduates exceed state and national pass rates for RN exam

    Oklahoma Christian University’s nursing graduates had a higher pass rate for their registered nursing exam than the state and national averages in 2009. The Oklahoma Christian graduates had a pass rate of 88.89 percent on their National Council Licensure Examination, while the state and national pass rates were 86.67 percent and 88.42 percent, respectively. According to Lindy Fly, director of nursing and assistant professor, the credit goes to the faculty that serve in the nursing ...

  • Hobbes family on a mission

    Through the years, mission work and evangelism have taken the Hobbes family all over the world – from Washington, D.C., to Oklahoma City … from Guatemala to California. Today, sharing the Gospel remains a big part of the family tradition. Pancho, who spent 12 years as a missionary in Guatemala, is the mission minister at an inner-city congregation. His wife, Lera, helps with the women’s ministry there. And their four children regularly go on mission campaigns. But now, when ...

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