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Application Process

  1. Procedure:During the February 1st through April 15th application period, you can call 733-7359 to have an application mailed - OR - come by the Health Sciences Building, Room 100B to obtain an application.
  2. DeadlineComplete and submit program application by April 15th prior to the desired Fall semester entry. Applications received after April 15 may be considered depending on space availability and the applicant’s qualifications.
  3. Criteria for Selection: High School and College transcripts or GED certificate, Next-Generation Accuplacer Tests for Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, and Arithmetic (through Elementary Algebra), typing skills, experience, communication skills, and personal interview with screening committee.

Physical Requirements

  • Include ability for prolonged standing, walking, sitting, bending, stretching, stooping, and lifting bundles of papers of at least 5 pounds. Must have correctable visual acuity sufficient to read handwritten reports, medical record information, and small (six point) font print styles.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and comprehend the English language proficiently. They must also have the ability to communicate in a professional manner with the general public and health professionals, use problem solving skills, and function effectively under stress.
  • Applicants must possess entry level keyboarding/typewriting skills. This requirement may be fulfilled by evidence of passing a keyboarding/typing course in either high school or college with at least a 2.0 point or C average; OR, if no keyboard/typing experience, the student must enroll in keyboarding/typewriting.

Notification of Acceptance

Fifteen (15) students are selected each year.

Applicants will be notified by mail of their status in the program by June 30th.

Drug Testing

Students who are initially selected as a candidate into a Health Sciences Division program will be required to pass a drug test for amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, PCP and opiates, before final acceptance into the program will be granted.

Background Checks

National Criminal Background checks and Sexual Offender checks are required. Students are responsible for the cost of these checks and will be notified of the time frame for the checks to be performed.

Next Generation Accuplacer Testing

The Next-Generation Accuplacer tests for Writing Skills, Reading Skills and Arithmetic MUST be taken prior to applying to the Program. These tests are given in the Enrollment and Specialized Testing Center, Student Services Building, Room 204.

Mon: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tues-Thurs: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Contact the Enrollment and Specialized Testing Center at (405) 733-7320 for information. Students can only take the tests twice during each enrollment period.  A photo ID is required. Test results are available immediately. If the Next-Generation Accuplacer scores are below the minimum standard required, you must seek academic advisement for remediation.

Program Costs

NOTE:  The tuition and other fees are subject to change by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education without notice.



First time application fee


Tuition and fees (7 hours x $151.00 per credit hour)


Parking & Student I.D. Card


Textbooks (estimate)



Fall Semester

Tuition and fees (16 hours x $151.00 per credit hour)


Lab Fee

Parking and Student I.D. Card



Textbooks (estimate)



Spring Semester

Tuition and fees (10 hours x $151.00 per credit hour)


Lab Fee

Parking and Student I.D. Card



Graduation Fee


Textbooks (estimate)


Estimated costs of program


The costs for a background check and drug testing are not included in the above information.