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Why Panhandle State

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We have developed a program designed especially for the distance learner with full and part time options available.

Our philosophy of caring and focus on the adult learner allows for a unique program without required campus attendance.

All nursing courses are offered asynchronously in an online format.

Our uniquely designed curriculum provides an academic foundation building upon knowledge and skills learned during pre-licensure preparation and experience as a registered nurse.

The program is designed to support educational mobility and strengthen community health and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.

View the program curriculum requirements here. (PDF)

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  • 100% online program with no campus attendance required
  • ACEN accredited
  • Eight, core nursing courses (30 credit hours)
  • Complete nursing courses in 2-3 semesters
  • Begin in the fall, spring, or summer
  • Clinicals completed as practicum projects in your community, workplace, or clinical practice area near where you live
  • Full or part-time options available
  • Out of state tuition waivers available
  • BSN Connection Scholarship available for eligible students

The mission of the RN to BSN Program is to support educational mobility and broaden previous education by focusing on the importance of our program values.

The vision of the RN to BSN Program is to promote professionalism and leadership development through emphasis on empowerment and empathy.

  • Professionalism: Provide post-licensure education access to those with previous nursing education.
  • Rural Nursing: Emphasize rural healthcare needs as a means to increase awareness and improve understanding of the unique care and skills required of nurses practicing in rural areas.
  • Community: Prepare graduates with additional nursing competencies to provide professional care in a variety of health care settings.
  • Leadership: Provide an environment which fosters an awareness of diverse perspectives of culture, caring, health, healing, and illness.

Upon completion of the RN to BSN Program, graduates will:

  1. Evaluate the use of information from nursing, scientific, and humanistic disciplines as a generalist nurse to address healthcare needs across the lifespan in diversified health care settings. (BSN Essential 1, 9)
  2. Illustrate the use of critical thinking and technology for decision-making considering individual differences, ethnic identity, and cultural values. (BSN Essential 7, 4)
  3. Analyze the importance of communication and collaboration with other health care professionals and members of the general public in promoting health across the lifespan. (BSN Essential 6)
  4. Select current evidence for application to nursing practice. (BSN Essential 3)
  5. Integrate professional values of nursing by applying nursing knowledge within a variety of health care settings. (BSN Essential 8)
  6. Justify the use of professionalism and leadership to impact patient outcomes and quality improvement within the healthcare system. (BSN Essential 2, 5)

View the latest program outcomes (PDF)

  • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all prior nursing courses. Grades of a ā€œDā€ or below in nursing courses are not transferable.
  • Graduate with a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program (ACEN, CCNE).
  • Current, active, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the state in which the applicant is practicing.

*Nursing students currently enrolled in a state-approved Associate Degree RN program who have successfully completed at least three semesters of nursing coursework may take specified RN to BSN nursing courses (NURS 3113, NURS 3213, and NURS 3333).

**The RN to BSN Program can only accept general education credits from regionally accredited institutions

***RN licensure must remain current, active, and unrestricted throughout the duration of the program of study

A baccalaureate degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University requires study in nursing and general education courses with completion of at least 120 credit hours.

View the program curriculum requirements here.

The information in the RN to BSN Student Hanbook will serve as a guide to policies, standards, and expectations of the RN to BSN Program.

Download the RN to BSN Student Handbook (PDF).