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. Full admission to the B.S.N. program is competitive. The School of Nursing admits students twice yearly (fall and spring semesters). For full admission to the nursing program, students must complete an application which will be available on the program website December 1 through March 1st. Late applications may be accepted depending on space availability. Students will be notified of admission decisions by March 31 (fall admission) and May 31 (spring admission).
Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 to apply to the program and to be admitted to the Level I sophomore nursing courses. If there are unfilled seats in Level I sophomore nursing courses, applicants with cumulative grade-point averages of less than 3.0 may be considered.
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 or have an IELTS overall score of 7.5 and not less than a 7 speaking sub-score and no other sub-scores below 6.5. 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, please visit the School of Nursing webpage.
Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The University of Tulsa is committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Therefore, the School of Nursing at The University of Tulsa seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in admissions.
The Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing establish the expectations and requisite abilities considered essential for students admitted to the clinical component of the nursing program in order to achieve the level of competency required for graduation and practice. These include abilities in eight categories: critical thinking, interpersonal, communication, mobility, motor skills, hearing, visual, and tactile.
It is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely among individuals. Any candidate who feels that he or she may not meet the Performance Standards for Admission and Progression in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as set forth in this Bulletin is encouraged to contact the Director of the School of Nursing. Any candidate who may require academic accommodations to fulfill the technical standards due to a disability is encouraged to contact TU Student Access. The University of Tulsa is committed to enabling its students, by any reasonable means or accommodations, to complete the course of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Nursing students must also meet the following requirements:
Background Check and Drug Testing: The required annual 10-panel drug screen and criminal background check will be completed at the National Occupational Health Services, LLC, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The drug screen is approximately $37.00 and the criminal background check varies depending on the location of permanent residence. Additional testing may be required by the School of Nursing and/or certain agencies at the expense of the student.
Typhon: Typhon is an online immunization/documentation and clinical tracking storage service for nursing students. There is a one-time registration fee of approximately $60.00 paid by credit card directly to Typhon after the student’s admission into the nursing program. This fee includes the immunization and documentation storage, clinical tracking as well as a portfolio system. The students have access to all information five years post-graduation.
Liability Insurance: Liability insurance is required for any student enrolled in nursing clinical courses. Liability insurance fees are approximately $25 per semester and are listed in the Tuition and Fees section of this Bulletin and are automatically billed to the student’s account through the Bursar’s Office.
Health Requirements: Prior to beginning clinical observations and yearly thereafter, students must complete training in blood-borne pathogens, HIPAA, the Right to Know (OSHA communication standard), fire safety, and TB prevention. Students are required to present proof of the following immunizations and screenings to the School of Nursing: TB test using CDC guidelines for two step method or chest X- ray, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (TdaP), hepatitis B, varicella, and flu. These may be done at the Alexander Health Center on campus for a fee or at a private physician’s office or local health department. Students who do not desire the required rubella or hepatitis B immunization must sign a waiver. Students must also have their healthcare provider complete the “Performance Standards” document confirming the students’ abilities in eight categories.
Transportation and Uniforms: Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical areas and for providing their own uniforms, in accordance with the program dress code. See the Nursing Student Handbook for dress code. Scrubs and white lab coat can be purchased for approximately $100-$125.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Prior to sophomore admission and every year thereafter, nursing students must provide documentation of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification. Cost is approximately $60 for initial certification.
Equipment: Additional supplies and equipment for clinical courses must be purchased in the sophomore and junior years. These are listed as Lab kit, virtual simulation and simulation fees and are listed in the Tuition and Fees section of this Bulletin and are automatically billed to the student’s account through the Bursar’s Office.
New nursing students must have a laptop computer capable of running Exam Soft software for testing. See https://examsoft.com for minimum system requirements.
Exam Soft testing software costs approximately $37 per semester, these fees are listed in the Tuition and Fees section of this Bulletin and are automatically billed to the student’s account through the Bursar’s Office.
Scheduling System Fee: The University of Tulsa uses a scheduling system to schedule clinical experiences and for clinical agencies to obtain information about students using their agencies. Students must pay an annual fee of approximately $20 directly through the scheduling system.
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 University of Tulsa School of Nursing 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 or practical) 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:
- A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
- A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
- Admission into the United States in refugee status;
- A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
- Approved deferred action status; or
- A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.
The Board has the authority to deny a license, recognition or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or an administrative penalty; or to issue and 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. Potential applicants to state-approved education programs, with a criminal history, may obtain a determination of eligibility for licensure or certification from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for a fee. The determination of eligibility for licensure petition can be accessed at http://nursing.ok.gov/initialdeterm.pdf.
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.
Students who complete the undergraduate program in nursing will:
- Value the dignity and worth of humans acknowledging biopsychosocial and cultural stimuli that influence adaptation.
- Utilize adaptation theory in decision-making and assisting individuals, families and communities to achieve their maximum level of adaption.
- Use problem-solving skills, critical thinking, independent judgment and continual evaluation to improve nursing care.
- Evaluate and utilize research and theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and physical and behavioral sciences in nursing practice.
- Utilize leadership skills, accepting responsibility and being accountable for choices of nursing interventions to promote adaptation.
- Collaborate with colleagues on the interdisciplinary health team and serve as an advocate to promote health and welfare of patients through the political and professional process.
- Critically reflect on local, state and national health needs and effective changes to improve health care.
- Demonstrate development of self and the profession in order to promote quality health care.