Eastern Oklahoma State College (EOSC) was established in 1908. The college was formerly known as the Oklahoma School of Mines and Metallurgy. As the years went on, the college added degree programs in other areas such as industrial education, and eventually career fields including nursing. The main campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College is based in Wilburton, with a branch campus is in McAlester and additional courses held in Idabel and Antlers. The college serves over 2,000 students and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Eastern Oklahoma State College offers two nursing programs awarding an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing, a degree for nurses whose primary goal is a career in vocational nursing, rather than a four-year degree. The AAS in Nursing programs offer both a generic and accelerated track for nurses with previous healthcare education.
Eastern Oklahoma State College Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Track 1: AAS in Nursing Basic Licensure Program
The AAS in Nursing program is a full-time degree program for students without previous nursing education or experience to earn the AAS in Nursing. Admission criteria for the AAS in Nursing Basic Licensure Program include a minimum 2.5 GPA, satisfactory ACT score and three letters of reference. Admission is selective and competitive and conducted on a points system, with students receiving points based on work experience, GPA and testing scores. Transfer students who have taken nursing courses within three years of the program start date are eligible to apply to the nursing program, and should include a letter of recommendation from a previous nursing instructor. Students complete the program in four semesters and apply to both the nursing program and Eastern Oklahoma State College simultaneously. Pre-requisite courses may be completed on a reduced schedule, but once the nursing program courses begin, students are required to complete the courses on full-time study. Upon completion of the program, students receive an AAS in Nursing, a type of ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) for students pursuing the nursing vocation rather than a four year education. Graduates of the AAS in Nursing program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.
Track 2: LPN–RN Transition (Bridge) Program (AAS)
The LPN to RN Transition Program recognizes the education and experience of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the field of nursing and builds upon this expertise for the RN degree. The LPN-RN transition program is not limited to LPNs, paramedics may also be considered for advanced standing. Admission to the advanced standing LPN to RN program requires students to submit a copy of their nursing license and take challenge exams demonstrating their knowledge of nursing practice. If successful, students will complete a nursing transition course in lieu of the first year of academic study in the nursing program. The program can be completed in one year. Upon completion of the program students receive an AAS in Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.
Eastern Oklahoma State College
1301 West Main,
Wilburton, OK 74578