Jun 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Nursing, B.S.N., Accelerated Option (Online)

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The Distance Accelerated BSN Online Track is designed for students with a completed bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline who wish to become nurses. Designed with a combination of asynchronous online courses and clinical experiences, the TU nursing degree intricately threads research and leadership throughout the curriculum to provide a robust academic experience. This intentionality equips graduates for leadership roles within the healthcare system and ultimate success in graduate programs.


The following requirements must be met for admission to this program: 

  • A completed application 

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 3.0 GPA 

  • Official Transcripts from all schools attended 

  • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org). 

  • Resume  

Documentation of required immunizations, criminal background check, CPR certification and any additional information that might be required from affiliated healthcare agencies within the first 8 weeks of enrollment. 

Onsite Component

A one week clinical intensive with focus on health assessment, nursing skills, and simulated learning is required as part of the program.


Applicants to the program should contact the licensing authority or Department of Education in the state or states in which they intend to practice for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.  Graduates of the program meet the requirements to be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), but passing the examination and licensing are not guaranteed. 

B.S.N. Performance Standards and Additional Program/Licensure Requirements

For more detailed information about performance standards for admission and other requirements related to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at The University of Tulsa, visit B.S.N. - Performance Standards, Licensure, and Other Requirements .

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the undergraduate program in nursing will:

  1. Value the dignity and worth of humans acknowledging biopsychosocial and cultural stimuli that influence adaptation.
  2. Utilize adaptation theory in decision-making and assisting individuals, families and communities to achieve their maximum level of adaption.
  3. Use problem-solving skills, critical thinking, independent judgment and continual evaluation to improve nursing care.
  4. Evaluate and utilize research and theoretical and empirical knowledge from the humanities and physical and behavioral sciences in nursing practice.
  5. Utilize leadership skills, accepting responsibility and being accountable for choices of nursing interventions to promote adaptation.
  6. 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.
  7. Critically reflect on local, state and national health needs and effective changes to improve health care.
  8. Demonstrate development of self and the profession in order to promote quality health care.

Accelerated BSN Option Required TU Courses (60 hours)

These classes are required to be earned at The University of Tulsa for possible degree completion.  Additional courses may be required after an evaluation of possible pre-requisite and/or transfer credit.

Prerequisite Courses (12 hours)

BIOL 2153 BIOL 2151 BIOL 2173 BIOL 2171 CHEM 1013 ,and CHEM 1011  serve as prerequisites for courses in the nursing major.  Students may apply for admission prior to completion, but all prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher before beginning nursing major courses.

Some or all of these prerequisite requirements may be met using transfer credit, following an evaluation by the Office of the Registrar Transfer Specialist.


Clinical Practicums

The clinical practicum experience is a core component of the D-ABSN program. Throughout the clinical experience, students work with assigned preceptors in selected clinical sites, while a University of Tulsa clinical coordinator provides oversight and support to both the student and preceptor.  Students in this program will complete 630 clinical hours.

The Oxley School of Nursing administration, faculty, and placement coordinators are dedicated to placing students in quality clinical sites that meet the School of Nursing’s curriculum standards and the unique needs of students. While every effort is made to match student clinical geographic and program needs, no clinical site placements are guaranteed. Many factors influence clinical placement matches. Students are regularly updated regarding clinical options and any need for travel. 

‍Nursing licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Prospective students should be aware of the licensing requirements in the state or states in which they expect to be licensed, typically governed by a board of nursing, health department or similar regulatory body. * The Nurse Licensure Compact Agreement enables nurses to be licensed in multiple states.  Students in this program will complete 630 clinical hours.

Additional Degree Requirements

Below is a breakdown of additional course requirements to be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing using the Accelerated B.S.N. track option.  It is expected these courses would be accounted for as part of the transfer evaluation process from a student’s previous degree/s.  

Tulsa Curriculum and First Year Experience (40 hours)

General Curriculum (26 hours)

  • Block I, Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience (6 hours)
  • Block II, Historical and Social Interpretation (12 hours)
    • must include HCDS 2013  In Sickness and in Health: Analyzing the U.S. Health Care System.
  • Block III, Scientific Investigation (8 hours)

General Electives (10 hours)

Total: 125 hours

* Course previously listed as a program pre-requisite before starting nursing major coursework at TU.

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