Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

LPN/LVN Direct Articulation


The Nursing Program at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City offers direct articulation to licensed practical nurses who hold current unencumbered licensure. The student must also complete all required prerequisite courses. Successful completion of the course of study qualifies the graduate to take the examination for registered nurse licensure. The course of study includes classroom and laboratory instruction on campus and supervised clinical experience in affiliating health agencies. The nursing program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).


It is possible to complete the nursing courses in three semesters. However, if the student has other responsibilities such as family or job, he/she may elect to enroll in general education and related courses before seeking admission to the nursing courses. After admission into the nursing program, the courses must be taken sequentially as listed. All students considering entrance into the nursing program are urged to seek advisement from counselors in the Nurse Science Department.


Admission into the clinical nursing courses through Direct Articulation is on a space available basis. Because there may be more students applying for nursing courses than it is possible to enroll, an admissions committee makes selection decisions for the program.


Computer Literacy Requirement


Students enrolled in the program will be expected to use the computer for generating papers, testing, computer assisted instruction, and electronic searches. Those students who have no computer skills are advised that an introductory computer course is recommended. The nursing curriculum at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City is computer intensive. Graduation from the program allows the student to meet the computer literacy requirement.




Priority for selection will be given to applicants who have completed application materials by December 1 for Spring semester and by July 1 for Fall semester.



  1. Complete application form for OSU-Oklahoma City.
  2. Complete application form for Nurse Science Department.
  3. Show current Practical Nursing unencumbered License to Nurse Science Department administration.
  4. Bring or mail OFFICIAL transcripts of all colleges attended to the Nurse Science Department. A retention grade point average of at least 2.5 (C) on academic work completed is necessary in order to considered for the nursing program.
  5. Provide evidence of graduation from NLNAC Accredited LPN Program, transcript or diploma.
  6. Bring in or mail a current (less than 3 months) OSBI criminal background and sex offender registry report. If you have been an Oklahoma resident less than three (3) months, you need to submit a criminal background check from your state of last residency. We must have the original report and three boxes (name based, sex offender, and Mary Rippy Violent Offender) completed by the OSBI.

    *If you receive your OSBI background report by fax, you will need to submit the cover page along with the actual report as evidence that it is an original report.

  7. All applicants are required to take the Admission Examination. To register for the test call the Assessment and Career Center at (405) 945-8648 or go to SC 141.
  8. All applicants to the nursing program for whom English is not their Native Language must pass the ibt TOEFL with a speaking test. The following test must be taken 4 weeks prior to the appropriate deadline. You may only take one test per application period.
  1. Information for the ibt TOEFL can be found at www.ets.org/toefl or call 1-877-863-3546 to sign up to take this test at Prometric, located at 2224 NW 50th in Oklahoma City, 405-843-8378.

If there are more qualified applicants than space available, ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM will be based on a point system compiled from documents submitted by the stated deadlines. For further information, contact the Health Sciences Academic Advisor at (405) 945-3313.


It is the student's responsibility to insure that all transcripts and other required application materials have been sent to and received by the Nurse Science Department.


Direct Articulation is available to Licensed Practical Nurses who have graduated from an Oklahoma school accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.


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Admission Test:


Registration fee must be paid in the Business Office prior to scheduling the examination with the Assessment Center.


All materials must be turned in to:


Nurse Science Department
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
900 North Portland
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
Telephone: (405)945-3210


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  1. Admission by direct articulation into Nurse Science 2228 is limited to Licensed Practical Nurses who hold current license. The applicant must have graduated from an NLNAC, now known as the ACEN, accredited program in Oklahoma within the last five years.
  2. In order to qualify for direct articulation into Nurse Science 2228, the applicant must:
    1. Be officially enrolled at OSU-Oklahoma City.
    2. Have met all criteria for admission to the nursing program.
    3. Have achieved a minimum grade of "C" in all courses necessary for the Associate of Applied Science degree. A retention grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission into the nursing program.
    4. Show proof of current unencumbered licensure.
    5. Present evidence of graduating from an NLNAC, now known as the ACEN, approved practical nursing program in the state of Oklahoma.
    6. Have the approval of the Division Head or Associate Division Head of the Health Services.
  3. Upon successful completion of prerequisite courses (CHEM 1214 or CHEM 1314, ENGL 1113, PSYC 1113, NSCI 1113, BIOL 1202 & BIOL 1212, HIST 1493 or HIST 1483, and NURS 1203) the applicant will be given credit for Nurse Science 1116, Nurse Science 1121, Nurse Science 1128, and will be admitted to Nurse Science 2228 when space available.
  4. If space available is limited, the LPN applicants with the highest number of total points on Nurse Science Admission Profile will be admitted to Nurse Science 2228.
  5. Upon satisfactory completion of the above criteria, credit will be recorded with a grade of "pass" and filed with the Office of the Registrar. Credit earned through direct articulation will be placed on the student's permanent transcript only after the successful completion of a minimum of 12 resident credit hours earned at OSU-Oklahoma City.

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