Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Paramedic to RN Advanced Standing


The Nursing Program at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City offers advanced standing to licensed practical nurses who qualify. In order to receive advanced standing and be admitted to the nursing program, an LPN/LVN must be a graduate of a state approved school of practical nursing and hold a current unencumbered license. The student must also complete all required prerequisite courses, and receive a passing score on written examinations. 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 or she may elect to enroll in general education and related courses before seeking admission to the nursing courses. The student should anticipate at least three (3) hours study time per credit hour enrolled. 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 advanced standing 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 based on a point system from documents submitted prior to the beginning of each semester.


Computer Literacy Requirement


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. Those students who have no computer skills are advised that an introductory computer course is recommended.





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 paramedic state license, National Registry card and transcript or diploma from paramedic program to Nurse Science Department administration.
  4. Bring or mail OFFICIAL transcripts of all college courses completed by the application deadline 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 be considered for the nursing program.
  5. 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.

  6. All applicants are required to take the TEAS V test. To register for the test call the Assessment and Career Center at (405) 945-8648 or go to SC 141.
  7. 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.


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 by the appropriate deadline.


If you have questions regarding the above procedures call the Health Sciences Academic Advisor at (405) 945-3313.


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Admission Test:


Registration fee for the TEAS V is approximately $55 and must be paid in the Business Office prior to scheduling the examination with the Testing and Assessment Center. You may pick up a registration packet in the Testing and Assessment Center, Student Center room 141, (405) 945-8648.


Advanced Standing Exam:

  • ATI LPN STEP Challenge Examination: Passing this exam will provide the applicant with advanced standing credit for NURS 1118 and NURS 1148. ATI offers an online assessment which can be taken two (2) times for practice on the LPN STEP Challenge examination. http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/product.aspx?zpid=1221.

Pay for this exam at the OSU-OKC Business office and schedule the exam with the Assessment Center, 945-8648


Contact the Nurse Science Department for counseling prior to scheduling these tests. If you wish to challenge one year of the program here, you must take both tests.


Nurse Science Department
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
900 N. Portland Ave., HT 205
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
Telephone: (405) 945-3210


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