Hi everyone! I was in the first year they did the OU-OCCC collaborative program. So you can imagine, that was probably the toughest year. Just so you know, once we transferred to the Health Sciences Center, things did feel better. I graduated in May and just go into graduate school. So, it is possible to go to grad school right after nursing school, and going to OCCC will not hinder you. You CAN, I repeat CAN sit for your LPN boards, but there is no need to because you can be hired as a nurse extern or a tech after your first 1-2 semesters.
I will tell you that being in the collaborative program does make you feel as though you are separate from the other students for the first year, however you bond with the other students in your class. And once you transfer to the OU campus, you will feel as though you have been there the whole time. It is not just OCCC that makes the students wait a whole year to retake a class..... that is OU in general. That is one of my biggest problems with the nursing program in general.
The best advise I have is to talk to students at the OU campus when you get a chance. They may have study materials passed down from previous students.... and it does help. You will get through it, and you will do great. Best of luck!!!!