OC Starts Online RN to BSN Program

Oklahoma Christian launched an online RN to BSN degree completion program in May. 

OC 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. 

All classes – including prerequisites like Microbiology, Statistics and Humanities – will be offered online. Because the program is online, it is convenient to nurses in rural areas, and is available to nurses outside Oklahoma as well. 

“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 is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The university’s 2013 pass rate of 88 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination was almost five points higher than the state and national averages. 

OC’s program also emphasizes Christian service and leadership. The Health Care Missions and Christian Service Strategies course focuses on the needs of diverse and underserved populations. 

“Our faith-based approach sets our program apart,” said Kay (Redgate 78) Elder, chair of OC’s Department of Nursing. 

Prospective students can apply for free by entering the code “RN2BSN” at www.oc.edu/RN2BSN. 

Summer 2014

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