If you have an interest in the health and well-being of others, you may enjoy a career as a registered nurse. Also known as an RN, registered nurses perform a wide variety of duties, working closely with other health care professionals to provide exemplary patient care. RN duties include recording medical histories, administering medications, and collaborating with doctors.

Oklahoma Registered Nursing Schools

If you're looking to enter the field of nursing, it's important to have a solid education on which you can build a career. Make sure any nursing program you enter is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the state of Oklahoma to ensure graduation leads to obtaining certification and licensure. Here are some examples of nursing schools or schools with nursing programs in the state:

  • Northeastern State University: The nursing program at Northeastern is dedicated to further honing the education of those who have had prior nursing training and finalize their preparation for a career.

  • Oklahoma City Community College: OCCC is a great school for those looking for a cost-effective introduction to nursing. There are three pathways you can take at OCCC to pursue an RN certification, each providing different preparation for your career.

  • Rose State College: The sprawling campus of Rose State College is an attractive lure for Oklahoma-based nursing students. Its program is one of the largest in the state.

  • University of Oklahoma: Well over 100 years old, the University of Oklahoma is an established post-secondary education institution. It has a large nursing program, which provides a bachelor's degree or graduate degree upon completion.

  • University of Central Oklahoma: The first nursing class here graduated in 1972. Since then, thousands of RNs can claim their career foundation was built at UCO.

What to Expect From Oklahoma RN Schools

Nursing requires a vast array of skills, knowledge and training to excel at. Registered nursing programs in Oklahoma seek to provide a background in both practical and theoretical areas of nursing to prepare future nurses for a dynamic career. You might learn:

  • Hands-on, in-hospital health care and medical training
  • Science fields like chemistry and biology
  • Interpersonal interaction and empathy

Registered nursing programs in Oklahoma will prepare you for the extremely varied experiences nurses will have in their career.

Licensing for Oklahoma Registered Nurses

To ensure public safety, Oklahoma requires all nursing professionals to obtain a license to practice nursing.

You may apply for licensing and certification online. Make sure you choose the correct application for your license requirements, and that you have submitted all required forms (the website provides links to these forms once you complete the application). To apply for Licensure by Examination, you must:

  • Pay the application fee of $85
    Complete the application
  • Register on the NCLEX website (link provided under Resources).
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Graduate from an approved nursing program.

Upon meeting all requirements, you must pass the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Further requirements include a criminal background check, obtained by the applicant. A felony conviction within the past five years forbids licensure.

Resources for Registered Nurses in Oklahoma

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  1. Oklahoma RN Licensing Application Process, Oklahoma Board of Nursing, https://pay.apps.ok.gov/nursing/licensing/app/index.php, Accessed September 2016
  2. State Approved Nursing Programs, OK Government, http://nursing.ok.gov/ed-schls2.pdf, Accessed September 2016

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