Aug 08, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Nursing, B.S.N.

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Once admitted to The University of Tulsa, all qualified undergraduate students who have declared nursing as a major are provisionally accepted into the School of Nursing  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program. For full admission to the nursing program, students must complete a separate application through NursingCASNursingCAS applications will be reviewed beginning on February 1st and must be completed prior to July 31st to begin in the fall semester. 

Full admission to the B.S.N. program is confirmed when provisionally accepted applicants meet all academic and professional requirements and standards as defined by The University of Tulsa, the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, accrediting bodies, and local hospitals. Students must have earned C or higher in BIOL 2153 Human Anatomy , BIOL 2151 Human Anatomy Laboratory , BIOL 2173 Human Physiology , and BIOL 2171 Human Physiology Laboratory . Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 to enter the Level I sophomore nursing courses. A letter of confirmation will be sent to each fully admitted student. In addition, PSY 3063 Developmental Psychology , AHS 2122 Normal Nutrition , and NSG 1012 Overview of Nursing  must be completed prior to the spring sophomore courses.

Prospective nursing students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 85 on the internet-based examination with a sub-score of 26 for speaking. 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. For additional information about the application process, visit the School of Nursing webpage.

Full admission to the B.S.N. program is conditional pending receipt and evaluation of all items listed below. Details related to submission of materials can be found at NursingCAS.

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.

Applicants for Licensure

The baccalaureate 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 [59 O.S. §§567.5 & 567.6]. 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, recognition or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or an administrative penalty; or to issue or otherwise discipline a license, recognition or certificate 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].


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.

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 , either PSY 3063  or AHS 2133 , and either CHEM 1004  or CHEM 1011  and CHEM 1013  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.

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