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B.S. in Nursing Admission and Prerequisite Information

In the semester prior to completing the 59 hours of prerequisite coursework, students in the nursing major will complete a competitive secondary application for admission into the professional nursing program required to complete the Nursing (BSN) degree. Students must create an application account in order to apply to Oklahoma State University's professional nursing program via NursingCAS.

Professional Program Admission

  1. To be considered for admission through the competitive secondary application process to the professional nursing program, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all prerequisite courses and achieve minimum grades of “C” or “P” in the college/departmental requirements (i.e., EDHS 1112, MICR 2123 and 2132, BIOL 3204 and 3214, NSCI 2013) and required science courses (i.e., BIOL 1111 and 1113 or BIOL 1114, CHEM 1314 or 1215)
  2. Application materials must be completed and submitted as directed and by established deadlines.
  3. Formal acceptance by the Nursing Admission Committee is required for admission.
  4. In addition to the admission requirements for OSU, the applicant must have:
    1. Good academic standing as a current OSU student or meet requirements for undergraduate admission to Oklahoma State University.
    2. Submitted all current college transcripts to OSU.
    3. Minimum score of 75 on the HESI A2 exam. Topic areas include English Language (reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and general knowledge), Basic Math Skills, Anatomy and Physiology, and Critical Thinking.
    4. Previous healthcare work or volunteer experience is preferred. 
    5. Paid the appropriate fees.
    6. All applicants for whom English is not their primary language must meet OSU’s TOEFL iBT admission requirements prior to applying to the Nursing Program. See below for details.
  5. Applicants must submit copies of immunizations or titers indicating immunity to include Rubella, Mumps and Rubeola; Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis); Varicella; Hepatitis B; proof of absence of active TB; and current CPR/BLS. Most clinical sites require COVID and Flu vaccinations and students admitted to the program must be willing to comply with these requirements.
  6. Accepted applicants must pass a urine drug screen and a background check, at their own expense.

Students are selected based on qualifications and space availability. The program will admit up to 100 students fall of 2024.



Area Hours Course
English Composition 6 ENGL 1113 (or 1313) and ENGL 1213 (or 1413 or 3323)
(See Academic Regulation 3.5
in Catalog)
American History and Government 6 HIST 1103 (or 1483 or 1493) and POLS 1113
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A) 6 MATH 1513 (or 1483) and STAT 2013 or 2023 or 2053 or 3023
Humanities (H) 6 Courses designated (H)
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory
Science (L) Course
8 BIOL 1111 and 1113 or 1114 and CHEM 1314 or 1215 
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S) 6 PSYC 1113 and PSYC 2583 (or HDFS 2113)
Additional General Education 3 Courses designated A, H, N or S

The 18 hours of college and departmental requirements are listed below: 

Minimum GPA 2.50 with a minimum grade of “C” or “P” in each course

Area Hours Course
First Year Seminar 2 EDHS 1112
Principles of Human Nutrition (N) 3 NSCI 2013
Introduction to Microbiology Lecture and Laboratory 5 MICR 2123 and MICR 2132
Physiology 4 BIOL 3204 
Human Anatomy 4 BIOL 3214


Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I) may be completed in any part of the degree plan.

    • At least one Diversity (D) course
    • At least one International Dimension (I) course


Secondary Application Process

  1. If not a current OSU student, complete the OSU undergraduate admissions application and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all current and prior academic institutions attended to
  3. Follow this link to schedule and complete the HESI A2 exam, which will be administered through ProctorU.
  4. Complete an application at NursingCAS. Students may have the possibility of obtaining a fee waiver for the cost of application. Begin this process at least 8 weeks prior to the application deadline.
  5. The application deadline is January 31st for anticipated start the following Fall semester.
  6. Await notice of your admission status and further instructions for advising and enrollment. Check your email often and respond if indicated.
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