Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a Christian liberal arts institution in Shawnee, Oklahoma offering bachelor’s through master’s degrees. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled in the 10 bachelor’s degree programs offered at the university. Founded in 1910 by the State Baptist Association, Oklahoma Baptist University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Oklahoma Baptist University has received numerous accolades from U.S. News and World Report, Forbes and the Princeton Review.
The College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, including a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and MSN (Master of Science in Nursing). The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), one of two organizations which accredit nursing programs. The Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN) approves nursing programs at the Oklahoma Baptist University College of Nursing.
Oklahoma Baptist University Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
The BSN program at Oklahoma Baptist University is a faith-based program integrated with Christian ministry. Admission requirements to the BSN program from high school include an ACT score of 20 and a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher. Conditional admission is an option for applicants with a minimum ACT score of 17 and GPA of 3.0. For both regular and conditional admission, students must rank in the top 50% of their graduating class. The BSN program can be completed in 4 years and requires 132 academic credits. Upon completion of the program, students receive a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) exam.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN Option
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may apply to the BSN program and advance out of some nursing courses required for students without a nursing background. Admission requirements for the program are the same as for the generic nursing program, and students must provide a copy of their LPN license. Upon completion of the program, students receive a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN Option
Registered Nurses (RNs) seeking to earn a BSN degree must provide a copy of their RN license, have a minimum 2.25 GPA and have CPR certification. Upon completion of the program, RNs receive a BSN. The RN Option is 33 credit hours.
Minor in Parish/Faith Community Nursing
Students in the nursing program may obtain a minor in Parish Nursing. Parish nurses deliver health care in a faith-based community including basic health assessment and diagnostic screening. The Parish Nursing program is 18 academic credits.
Oklahoma Baptist University Nursing Graduate Programs
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Oklahoma Baptist University offers an MSN in Nursing Education and an MSN in Global Nursing. The MSN in Nursing Education is a flexible program that meets one night a week and can be completed in 18 months. The MSN Nursing Education program is ideal for nursing professionals seeking faculty positions. The MSN Global Nursing program prepares nurses for careers in international health and cross-cultural situations. Admission requirements to the MSN programs include graduation from a BSN program accredited by a nursing body (CCNE or NLNAC-National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) with a minimum 3.0 GPA. It is recommended that nurses have at least 2 years of professional experience before completing the nursing program. Upon completion of the 18 month program, nurses will earn an MSN degree.
Lifelong Learning at Oklahoma Baptist University
The lifelong learning program at Oklahoma Baptist University allows alumni to take up to 5 credits of undergraduate coursework. The program requires a small administrative fee to cover costs of the program. Students are eligible to take courses in the program as an audit or pass/fail course. Students may not enroll in the courses to apply towards a second degree program or will be charged additional fees. Fees will also be charged for lab and incidental fees associated with a particular course. The lifelong learning courses are a great way for nurses to stay up date with policies and procedures in nursing education and practice.
Oklahoma Baptist University
500 West University Street,
Shawnee, OK 74804