Northeastern University: RN to MSN Program Review
Northeastern University, 600 N Grand Avenue, Tahlequah, OK 74464
Northeastern University has three campuses in the state of Oklahoma. The main campus is located in Tahlequah with additional campuses in Broken Arrow and Muskogee. The university was originally established in 1909 as Northeastern State Normal School, though the post-secondary institution can trace its history to 1846 when it was founded as Cherokee National Female Seminary.
The nursing department at Northeastern University offers an RN to MSN program in Nursing Education. The nursing masters program is a candidate for accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The 32 credit program is available online, and is designed to fulfill the need for nurse educators in the area. Students can complete the program in as little as 3 semesters of 16 weeks followed by one 8 week semester.
Though most part-time students complete the program in six semesters of study, students have up to six years to complete the MSN Nursing Education program.
A BSN from an accredited program is required to apply for the nursing masters program. Applicants to the nursing masters program should have a 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 GPA in the nursing major. Though there is no minimum score necessary, applicants to the program must submit Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test scores taken within the past five years.
Oklahoma Baptist University: RN to MSN Program Review
Oklahoma Baptist University
500 W University St
Shawnee, OK 74804
Oklahoma Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. The university was established in 1910 and is based approximately 30 minutes from Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Baptist University serves a student body of just under 2,000 students from over 35 states and over 25 countries. The university has received accolades both by Forbes and The Princeton Review.
The College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University offers a Global Nursing or Nursing Education Master of Science in Nursing program. Both RN to MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Nurse Educator track can be completed in less than two years, approximately 18 months, and is for students who wish to educate future nurses. The Global Nursing program is for nurses seeking to work in a cross-cultural setting. In addition to offering financial aid, the college offers scholarships for nursing graduate students.
To apply to the nursing masters program, applicants should have a bachelors degree in nursing completed with a 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of coursework. Rather than the Graduate Record Exam, applicants to the Master of Science in nursing program should submit test scores for the Miller Analogies Test along with two reference letters and a statement of purpose. A prerequisite course in statistics is required. It’s preferred that MSN applicants have at least two years of nursing experience. Applicants with less than two years of experience are accepted on a space available basis.
Oklahoma City University: RN to MSN Program Review
Oklahoma City University
2501 N Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Oklahoma City University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university was established as Epworth University in 1904. Despite difficult beginnings and a series of name changes, the college has remained in operation and hosts a student body of approximately 4,000.
In addition to a dual degree Master of Science in Nursing/ Master of Business Administration program, the university also offers Nursing Administration or Nursing Education tracks in the RN to MSN program. All instructors in the nursing program at Oklahoma City University have doctorate level education. The Master of Science in nursing program is designed to accommodate working nurses, and most classes are offered on Thursdays in blocks of no more than 40 hours. RNs with a bachelors degree in a field other than nursing may also apply to the MSN program.
Admission requirements stipulate that MSN applicants should have a BSN from an accredited program. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate program or hold a masters degree in another area. Health assessment and statistics courses are prerequisites for the nursing program as applicants will need to take these courses before progressing to Advanced Research. Students in the nursing masters program should maintain a 3.0 GPA to successfully earn their degree.
Southern Nazarene University: RN to MSN Program
Southern Nazarene University
6729 NW 39th Expy
Bethany, OK 73008
A small liberal arts institution, Southern Nazarene University was founded in the Nazarene denomination of the Christian faith. Southern Nazarene University was established in 1899 and is situated on a 40-acre campus in the city of Bethany. The nearest large city is Oklahoma City. The university also has a campus in Tulsa. Nursing courses are held at both the Bethany and Tulsa campuses.
The nursing masters program at Southern Nazarene University offers a Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership tracks. There are scholarship opportunities available for nurses interested in the education track. The RN to MSN programs at Southern Nazarene University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Master of Science in nursing program is accelerated and admits bachelors prepared nurses with degrees in nursing or another field.
The master in nursing program admits applicants with a GPA below 3.0 on provisional admission, though a GPA of 3.0 is normally required. Other requirements include a bachelors degree from an accredited program and a valid Oklahoma nursing license. Statistics is the only prerequisite course required for admission to the nursing masters program. Nursing students can pursue both masters tracks, earning a certificate in one program after they’ve completed their MSN degree. Both programs require 39 credits of study and require campus-based coursework.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: RN to MSN Program Review
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1100 N Lindsay Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is affiliated with the University of Oklahoma. The center focuses on coursework in medical, dental, nursing and allied health fields. The college can trace its roots to 1910 when the College of Medicine became a degree granting program. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center formally became a campus in 1971.
The nursing masters program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has courses for nurses with a bachelors degree in a field other than nursing in addition to nurses with a BSN. The following four areas of study are available:
Clinical Nurse Specialist (Acute Care)
Nurse Practitioner (Family, Pediatric or Adult specializations are offered)
RNs without a BSN may be required to complete additional undergraduate courses before enrolling in the Nurse Practitioner masters program. Challenge exams are offered in community and leadership courses for nurses without a BSN. In addition, students can make efficient use of time by enrolling in up to nine units of graduate coursework while completing undergraduate courses.
A bachelors degree from an accredited program and Oklahoma RN license are required for admission to the nursing program. Applicants with a degree in a field other than nursing may be admitted with additional course requirements. Applicants to the Administration and Education tracks may have a nursing license in any US State. For full admission to the RN to MSN program, applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of their program.