I'm a new student in this program, seven weeks in, and I long for a time machine daily. I would NOT do it again. It's incredibly disorganized, 4/5 of my professors are rude and disinterested in teaching (did the reading, but don't understand something? don't ask -- they'll just tell you to do the reading, assuming that you're lazy and stupid), and there's very little in the way of practice time, skills labs, or clinical experience. They basically handed us a stack of books and a list of exam dates and told us to buzz off. The program's passable for book-learners (my style), but there's virtually nothing for auditory learners (NO lectures!), and the same for learn-by-do-ers. They say it'll get better, and it's not getting better.
Word is that the program almost lost its license/accreditation to teach nursing a couple of years ago, though of course they deny it. Worst NCLEX pass rates by far of all the OU campuses, and I see why. I went to OU in Norman, live in OKC, had worked at the HSC, and didn't want to move, so I chose to stay with OU (and its reputation), but I would strongly encourage you to ignore that. OU grads evidently have a reputation for being the least prepared students from area programs, and it's mostly UCO grads (who get tons of clinical experience, very few campus classes, and [at least the ones I've heard from] are very happy with the program, learning and thriving [there have been a disturbing number of sobbing breakdowns from my fellow students -- it's rare that you're in this program and haven't come unglued at least once, by all accounts I've heard]) working at the OUHSC hospitals.
It's too late for me to transfer (for personal reasons, I have to be out in two years, so I can't lose a year), but lots of people are sucking it up, calling this year lost, and planning on applying elsewhere for next year. I feel like I bought a pig in a poke -- the other HSC colleges have great reputations, and it turns out that OUCN is skating by on that. It's too late for me, so I have to spend the next almost-two-years struggling through an inferior education that even OU Medical Center doesn't want to hire, but please call around. Talk to friends. Nurses. Find people with no OU affiliation (or who have experience with OU, or OU and another area program), who will be straight with you. Use the grapevine for everything it's worth. Call area schools
and ask what their program is like. (Ours turns out to be 80% online, which was not disclosed in ANY of the materials, nor on the website. I did my research, and I didn't come up with that. I wouldn't have chosen it intentionally. I don't know about anybody else, but if I were a patient and knew my nurse had gone to school online, I'd be mighty unsettled.)
In short, this is a big decision, it will affect at least your first one or two post-grad years heavily (both in terms of poorer employment prospects and the personal cost of being less prepared, to say nothing of the possible cost to patients), so I behoove you, look at all area programs very closely. Ignore college names, ignore prestige, talk to people and think about your education
. Good luck.