Oct 03, 2022  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Nursing, B.S.N.

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Applicants for Licensure

The baccalareate nursing program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:

  1. A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
  2. A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
  3. Admission into the United States in refugee status;
  4. A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
  5. Approved deferred action status; or
  6. A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.

The Board has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on any professional or occupational license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6].


Once admitted to the University, students apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the nursing program. As clinical spaces are limited, a competitive selection process occurs during the spring semester for students who wish to enroll in fall sophomore-level nursing courses. International students interested in the B.S.N. must have a TOEFL score of 80 on the computer-based exam. Foreign college credit requires a “Full Education Course-by-Course Report” by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools prior to admission to the School of Nursing. Advanced standing may be obtained with approval of courses on college transcripts. Transfer students will not be permitted to pursue a nursing major at TU if they have been previously enrolled in a nursing program and were not in good standing in that nursing program upon exit. Exceptions may be granted, for good reason as determined by the director, based on individual situations if as part of their application a letter from the dean or director of the nursing program indicates eligibility for re-admission to the prior program.

Nursing Scholarships

Grants, loans, and work-study opportunities are available through the University’s Office of Student Financial Services. Scholarship funds, such as the Nettie M. Jones Foundation scholarships, have been established for the School of Nursing. To apply for a nursing scholarship, a student must be admitted to The University of Tulsa, complete the FAFSA financial aid form, and have the results sent to the University each spring semester.

Additional funds may be awarded directly to the student for junior and senior years by Tulsa-area hospitals. Students repay these additional funds by working for the funding institution after graduation. Out-of-town students who plan to return home after graduation should check with their local hospitals for similar financial assistance.


The University of Tulsa cannot guarantee that completion of the baccalaureate program of nursing will enable a graduate to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination.


All students in the B.S.N. program are exposed to four distinct areas of study leading to completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.): the Tulsa curriculum (comprised of two parts: the core curriculum and the general curriculum), the nursing foundation courses, and the nursing major requirements.

The 125-credit-hour degree program consists of the following requirements:

Tulsa Curriculum (40 hours)

Every undergraduate must fulfill the requirements of the Tulsa curriculum, which has two parts: the core curriculum and the general curriculum.

General Curriculum (26 hours)


+BIOL 2173 BIOL 2171 , CHEM 1004  and either QM 2013 , PSY 2023 , or STAT 2013  are also considered Nursing Foundation Courses which serve as prerequisites for courses in the nursing major and must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Nursing Foundation Courses (15 hours)

Consists of biological, behavioral, and statistical sciences courses that serve as prerequisites for courses in the nursing major. The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher:

Nursing Major Requirements (62 hours):

The major in nursing is offered in Levels (Level I - sophomore; Level II - junior; Level III - senior) and builds upon basic knowledge and skills in the core curriculum, broad experience in the general curriculum, and specific knowledge and skills in the major prerequisites. The major is sequentially based on a hierarchy of knowledge. Students cannot progress within a level or to the next level without successfully completing prior courses with a grade of C or higher.


(NSG 2023 Health Assessment across the Life Span , is required for Licensed Practical Nurses utilizing advanced placement procedures and for Registered Nurses transferring credit for NSG 2254 , NSG 2264 , and NSG 2273 .)

Electives (5 hours)

Nursing Major Electives (3 hours)

Total: 125 hours

Other Academic Requirements

All students are assigned a faculty advisor to assist them in their advancement through the program. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all nursing foundation courses before entering courses for which the nursing foundation course is a prerequisite. The student must have a University of Tulsa cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 before entering the Level I sophomore year nursing course and in order to progress to Level II junior and Level III senior nursing major courses. A student who receives a grade below C in any nursing major or nursing foundation course is dismissed from the program, but may reapply for admission to the program. If a student leaves the nursing program for more than six semesters (excluding summers), the student must retake all nursing courses beginning with the second semester sophomore courses, if readmitted.

Sequenced Program of Study

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


*BIOL 2153 , BIOL 2151 , BIOL 2173 , BIOL 2171 AHS 2122 , and either PSY 3063  or AHS 2133  must be completed prior to spring semester of sophomore year.

**AHS 2223  must be completed prior to spring semester of junior year.

***Either QM 2013  or PSY 2023  or STAT 2013  must be taken prior to enrolling in AHS 4043 AHS 4043  must be completed prior to spring semester of senior year.