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Nursing Science


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The RSC Nursing Science Program prepares graduates for practice as registered nurses in exciting, challenging and fulfilling careers.  The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, (404) 975-5000. and approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing

The program graduate is awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and is then eligible to apply to the Board of Nursing to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).  Additional information can be obtained from the Rose State College Catalog or by calling the Nursing Science Program office at (405) 736-0337.

Program Vision Statement

The progressive Associate Degree nursing program of choice, promoting excellence in an atmosphere of dynamic education to serve the needs of the community. 

Program Mission Statement

To facilitate the growth and transition of the student into the role of the Associate Degree Registered Nurse practicing with integrity, accountability, excellence, passion, and a commitment to continued improvement.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 

By the end of the nursing program, the graduate will be prepared to: 

  1. Plan, provide, and evaluate comprehensive, competent nursing care incorporating compassion and respect for the person(s)’ needs, preferences and values.
  2. Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary healthcare teams in a variety of settings.
  3. Practice legally, ethically and safely with commitment to continuous improvement and incorporation of best practices.
  4. Display professionalism, integrity and accountability for actions and achievements. 
Program Tracks 

Program tracks exist for both those students with little to no healthcare experience through the Beginning Track and forlicensed practical nurses, paramedics, and some military medics looking to further their education through the Career Ladder Track. 

Program Options and Hours 

In both track options, theoretical coursework can be completed in a traditional classroom setting during day or evening hours or can be completed in an online classroom. Campus classes are scheduled Monday – Thursday.  Theory classes are scheduled Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and last 2-2.5 hours each day.  Day classes typically begin around 11am.  Evening classes typically begin around 4 pm. Laboratory and clinical experiences for all track options occur in exciting, technologically advanced settings. Laboratory classes vary by semester but are typically one day/week (a different day than theory class) for 2-4 hours. Clinical experiences usually follow shift hours typical in hospital settings, 6:30am-3:00pm for day shift and 2:30pm – 11:00pm for evening shift and could be any day of the week. Students enrolled in the evening option or the online option are usually scheduled for evening shifts during the week or could be any shift on the weekend.  Students in all options may be required to complete a portion of the clinical experiences during weekday hours. Schedules are made available to students ahead of time for planning purposes. 

Program Length 

The nursing program is 69 credit hours in length including 34 credit hours of general education and support coursework and 35 credit hours of nursing coursework.  The program length, once admitted, is four (4) semesters in length for the Beginning Track and two (2) semesters in length for the Career Ladder Track. Nursing classes must be taken in consecutive order even when most or all general education and support courses have been previously completed.  Further information regarding the curriculum can be obtained here or by calling (405) 736-0337.

Program Class Size 

Entry into the program is through an admission process. Students are admitted to both tracks in the Fall and Spring semester each year. Career Ladder Track admissions vary each semester and is dependent upon the number of Beginning Track students who progress into the third semester.  Admissions to the online and evening/weekend options follow the pattern below as long as staffing, clinical site availability and other conditions support offering those options. Admissions into the program are as follows:

Fall Admissions

Spring Admissions

Beginning Track Traditional -- 20

Beginning Track Traditional -- 20

Beginning Track Eve/Wknd -- 10

Beginning Track Online -- 10

Career Ladder Track Traditional – minimum 10

Career Ladder Track Traditional --  minimum 10

Career Ladder Track Eve/Wknd – minimum 10

Career Ladder Track Online – minimum 10

More information regarding admission criteria and the application process can be obtained on the Admission Criteria page or by calling (405) 736-0337. 

How do I get started? 
  1. Apply for admission to Rose State College. An application can be submitted online by going to the following website:
  2.  Review the appropriate program advisement packet.  Select the advisement for Career Ladder Track if you are an LPN, paramedic or military medic.  Select the advisement for Beginning Track otherwise. 
  3. Visit with an Academic Advisor – the Health Sciences Academic Advisor is available to visit with students daily on a walk-in basis.  The Advisor’s office is located in the Health Sciences Center, room 101; office hours are 9:00am-6pm Mon-Thurs and 8:00am-5:00pm on Friday.  You can also schedule an appointment to meet with the Nursing Program Director or the Assistant Director by calling the Program Office at 736-0337.
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