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I am currently attending OSU in Stillwater and desperately want to change my major to nursing. I came here for financial reasons and the scholarships are just not worth me not getting to be a nurse! I would prefer to go to school in Tulsa or OKC, and as I am not sure whether or not I want to pursue post-undergrad education, I am comfortable attending either an associate's or bachelor's program.

I am very worried about getting in to programs here (my science GPA is about a 3.2 and my overall is about a 3.0 - I should have this even higher after next semester as this semester was plagued by health problems) as all I seem to hear about is how hard it is to get into nursing school. Does anyone have any recommendations for which schools to apply to? After next semester I should have most of my associate's prerequisites and can start applying to AS progams then. Thanks!

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sher1206 works as a Nursing Student.

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I suggest OSU in OKC. It is, in my opinion, the best nursing school in the state. Our NCLEX pass rate is consistently greater than 90% and our graduates are able to find jobs quickly due to our excellent reputation.

If you are interested in pursuing a BSN at a later time then OSU is for you as well. They announced to us this semester that they are in talks with Stillwater to add a BSN program at the OKC campus.

I am starting 3rd semester in January. OSU was the only school I was interested in attending and I've had a very positive experience. Your GPA is fine.

Your science prereqs are:

Human Anatomy w/cadaver lab

Human Physiology

Microbiology

Chemistry 1214

The deadline to apply for the Fall of '09 is April '09, I believe.

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Mommyto2and2 works as a SAHM.

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I agree that it might be easier to just switch things to OSU-OKC. They go on a point system so your gpa doesn't count for everything. You get points for your gpa, points for the science classes you have taken, what you make on the HESI test, how many classes you have taken for your degree, etc. So your 3.2 would get you 20 points by itself I believe.

Just a thought. Good luck

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As good as that sounds, I don't know as OSU-OKC is quite an option. I have to move back home for this next semester (health problems/surgery) and am losing all my financial aid to OSU. I believe financial aid is transferable from one campus to another but tuition rates are about equal with here in Stillwater and I just could not afford that without getting tons of lons...Thanks so much for the recommendation, though.

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I'm a teacher in OUHSCs nursing program and if money and time are an issue I would suggest OCCC? I know some of my RN to BSN students went there and seemed pleased. They do well in the courses here.

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marilynmom works as a Adolescent psych.

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The schools that have the best reputation in the OKC area are UCO, OSU-OKC, and OCCC. I work with RNs that have graduated from all 3 of those programs and those are the 3 I have always been impressed with as an RN myself.

I graduated from UCO and loved it, we also have a great NCLEX pass rate (93 and 90% past 2 years).

Here is the NCLEX pass % for all Oklahoma schools, it's worth a look when your looking at schools:

http://www.youroklahoma.com/nursing/nclexpass1.pdf

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Northern Oklahoma College has a campus in Stillwater and I believe they are not as competitive to get into as Tulsa/OKC schools.

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toadfrog has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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NOC in Stillwater a excellent option. But they are just as competitive as other programs. They have the same pre-reqs as the other schools. And since they are the only nursing program within a 45+ mile radios of Stillwater they get alot of applicants. But your GPA is good and you should consider them. Also OSU-Okmulgee (or OSU-IT whatever they call it now) has revamped their whole program and I hear (from people attending and others in the nursing teaching field) that the program is awesome. Good teachers, good clincals. They are also building a new nursing building by 2010 that is state of the art. They are suppose to have the best of the best!! Good luck! Good career choice too

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The OSU-Okmulgee program IS awesome! I am about to graduate from there. I could not have dreamed of better instructors!!! Honestly! I was scared to death of nursing school, you know, you hear about them picking on people and weeding them out....This school has redefined "nursing school" for me. If other schools actually are that way, then OSU-Okmulgee is taking a totally different approach. They do their VERY BEST for EACH AND EVERY student to pass. If you hear anyone that went there (at least from the past two graduating classes, since it's been revamped) that says the instructors are not helpful, that is just coming from a typical lazy student. Of course you have to do some work! It's Nursing School! I just cannot brag on our director and instructors enough!!!!! And yes the building will be awesome as well. I think the application deadline is in April....??? You will not regret choosing this school.

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