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 be offered online, giving students the opportunity to complete their coursework on their schedules.
OC’s online courses will make the program available to nurses who live and work in rural areas and in jobs where a traditional four-year degree option would be impossible. Because the program is online, it is available to nurses outside Oklahoma as well.
“We’re looking to meet the needs of students just entering nursing as well as those who have been nurses for awhile,” said Kay Elder, chair of OC’s Department of Nursing. “It’s exciting to meet a need with a service-focused program that’s a good mission fit for Oklahoma Christian.”
OC’s program, nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, provides an avenue for working nurses to earn a degree that is becoming the professional standard.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of nurses hold a BSN degree by 2020. In addition, the American Nurses Association identifies a BSN degree as an entry-level requirement for professional nurses.
“Hospitals need most of their nurses to be educated at a BSN or higher degree level in order to achieve ‘Magnet Recognition,’ which signifies nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes,” said Rhea Ann Lee, OC’s RN to BSN coordinator. “By getting their degree quickly and conveniently through our online program, nurses will be able to expand their professional opportunities.”
OC’s program features a strong emphasis on Christian service and leadership. The Health Care Missions and Christian Service Strategies course is unique to OC’s RN to BSN program, and focuses on the needs of diverse and underserved populations.
“Our faith-based approach sets our program apart. Our nursing graduates and the hospitals they work at are excited about the holistic aspect of our program,” Elder said. “And the relationships we have with Oklahoma City metropolitan area hospitals help us place our graduates in jobs where they can lead and make a difference.”
OC nursing graduates frequently score above state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Examination. OC’s 2013 pass rate of 88 percent was almost five percentage points higher than the pass rates in Oklahoma and in the U.S. as a whole.
Applicants to OC’s RN to BSN program should have a current active RN license. Credit for multiple courses may be granted for life experience.
Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond.
Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.