RN to BSN Option
The School of Nursing recognizes registered nurses as self-motivated adult learners who possess a base of knowledge and experience upon which to build additional knowledge and skills. RN to BSN students attend synchronous classes via the internet using the WebEx platform. Students must attend class meetings at scheduled times throughout the semester.
Our RN to BSN courses are blended, meaning that there is minimal face to face class time for students. The majority of coursework is completed online using our Blackboard ® educational system. Clinical experiences are flexible, allowing students to plan clinical requirements around job responsibilities.
F 1 Student Visa Holders Are Not Eligible to Attend Our Program related to our limited blended face to face and online format.
East Central University (ECU) Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion track is for licensed registered nurses who have graduated with an associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program (ACEN or CNEA). The RN student may receive advance standing credit through Articulation for up to 29 hours. All RN students must meet University admission requirements. The BSN curriculum builds upon previous nursing and general education course work. The program is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession. Many of our graduates apply to graduate nursing programs to become Advanced Practice Nurses as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educators, nurse executives, and certified registered nurse anesthetist.
RN to BSN Fast Track Option
The Fast Track program takes associate degree or diploma nurses through advanced upper division nursing courses required for a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing in 12 months.* The Fast Track is an accessible, cost effective way for registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing while they are working full time. This program option starts every year in January. * The BSN degree is earned after all pre-requisites have been completed in addition to completing all of the RN-BSN courses. Please contact the RN to BSN faculty advisor. Applicants must have graduated from a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma program.
Advantages of a BS in Nursing
The baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing is a stepping stone to career advancement in nursing. Many ECU Fast Track graduates have gone on to nurse practitioner school, obtained Master’s degrees, moved up to management positions and become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. However, most graduates feel that the greatest benefit is the personal and professional satisfaction they derive when they receive their BS degree.
- ECU Campus in Ada
- Via OneNet ITV System at:
- University Center of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore
- Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant
- Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester
- McCurtain Higher Education Center in Idabel
12 Month Program
A new cycle of Nursing courses begins each January and ends in December. It is recommended that you complete as many of the non-nursing courses as possible prior to beginning the nursing program. Nursing courses are offered in a blended format. Students will come to class one or two nights a week for a limited number of weeks, but much of the classtime will be online. A typical year will be:
- Spring Semester: Contemporary Professional Nursing and Nursing Research are 75% online
- May Intersession: Physical Assessment is online, except the actual demonstration class
- Summer Session: Advanced Nursing Concepts I is 50% online and this course has selected, self-directed clinical hours
- Fall Semester: Advanced Concepts II is 50% online and this course has selected self-directed clinicals
Additional time may be needed for students who do not meet all prerequisites:
- Prerequisite and general education courses must also be completed for the BS degree. The length of time completing these courses varies depending on courses taken previously.
- An additional 5 credit hour course in nursing is available for students who do not meet the 30 credit hour residency requirement.
- An associate Degree with a major in Nursing from a nationally accredited institution
- At least 60 transferable college credit hours
- Applicants with a Diploma from a hospital school of Nursing may transfer in 40 credit hours
- Proof of high school diploma or GED
- An overall grade point average of 2.5 in previous college work
- Proof of current Oklahoma RN licensure
- Students enrolling in the RN to BSN program must either own or have access to a computer
- A total of 124 credit hours are required for graduation (Your last 15 hours must be taken at ECU)
- The credit hours must include 60 credit hours taken at a four year university (upper level courses)
- 40 hours of the 60 hours must be 3000 level courses or higher
- Completion of 30 hours of coursework through the ECU Campus (residency requirement)
- Completion of 45 hours of General Education
- Payment of all tuition and fees
Program Course Requirements
Applicants must have a current unrestricted Oklahoma RN nursing license. Applicants must have graduated from a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma program. The applicant must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a lower grade point average may be considered on an individual basis. Student malpractice insurance must be obtained prior to beginning clinical nursing courses. It may be purchased through the nursing department. The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:
General Biology or Zoology 4 credit hours
General Chemistry 4 credit hours
Human Anatomy (A P I) 4 credit hours
Human Physiology (A P II) 4 credit hours
Microbiology/Epidemiology 4 credit hours
Survey of Math/College Algebra 3 credit hours
Computer Literacy/Applications 3 credit hours
Human Nutrition 3 credit hours
Developmental Psychology 3 credit hours
English Comp I II 6 credit hours
Basic Statistics Course 3 credit hours
ECU Required General Education Courses*
Speech or language 3 credit hours
G1 Humanities-Western Civilization 3 credit hours
G2 Humanities-Cultural Human Diversity 3 credit hours
G3 Social Sciences 3 credit hours
Humanities Social Sciences 3 credit hours
US History 3 credit hours
US Government 3 credit hour
*Additional Courses from Humanities may be required. Nurses with an Associate in Science (not Applied Science) or Art from an Oklahoma college or university have met the general education requirements.
National Accreditation and Oklahoma Board of Nursing Certification
The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program has full certification by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Information may be obtained from either of these organizations at the addresses below:
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N Classen Blvd, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Telephone: (405) 926 1800
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing