RN to BSN in Oklahoma

By teaming up with large healthcare employers, the Oklahoma Action Coalition is encouraging nurses to get their BSNs in order to remain relevant and competitive in an ever-changing industry. With healthcare and healthcare support comprising 8.1% of jobs in Tulsa, and 9.5% of jobs in Oklahoma City, it’s an excellent time to be a nurse. Three major hospitals in Oklahoma City employ 17,426 people and two major hospitals in Tulsa employ 12,500 people. Salary prospects statewide range from $33,740 to $57,830, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On this page you will find all of the information you need to chart your RN to BSN path in Oklahoma.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Oklahoma

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Oklahoma’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

East Central University

$ 183 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 1st and November 1st

  • A total of 124 credit hours are required for graduation.
  • Applicants with a diploma from a hospital school of nursing may transfer 40 credit hours.
  • The majority of coursework is completed online using the Blackboard learning management system.
  • Clinical experiences are flexible, allowing students to plan clinical requirements around job responsibilities.
Hybrid 1100 E. 14th Street
Ada, OK 74820

Langston University

$ 4,900 per semester

Application Deadlines

March 1st

  • A total of 124 credit hours are required for graduation.
  • LPNs who have been admitted to LUSON may be awarded advanced standing by the successful completion of proficiency examinations in selected courses.
  • Check out the BSN Plan of Study here.
Campus 102 Page Hall
Langston, OK 73050

Northeastern State University

$ 449 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 1st and January 1st

  • All nursing courses are available online.
  • NSU offers a 30 credit hour upper-division program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for licensed registered nurses.
  • The minimum time required to complete the program is one academic year (one 8-week semester and two 16-week semesters).
Hybrid 600 N Grand
Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

$ 172 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 15th

  • Effective Fall 2015, students may be admitted in the Fall, Spring or Summer Semester and can complete the BSN degree in 12 months provided that all university general education requirements are met.
  • NWOSU General Education Requirements vary depending upon your nursing degree and college hours earned.
  • Contact a Nursing Division Advisor for specific questions. Contact the Division of Nursing office at (580) 327-8493 to contact an advisor, or email Dr Shelly Wells at scwells@nwosu.edu.
Online 709 Oklahoma Blvd
Alva, OK 73717-2799

Oklahoma Christian University

$ 440 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

For more information, contact Rhea Lee at rhea.lee@oc.edu

  • OC’s RN to BSN program has a strong Christian leadership component.
  • Student must complete a minimum of 126 credit hours.
  • The program is entirely online.
  • Students can take one or two courses every eight weeks with flexible assignment dates.
Online 2501 E Memorial Rd
Edmond, OK 73013-1100

Oklahoma City University

Application Deadlines

August 1st and January 1st

  • For tuition information, contact Odalie Wildes, RN-to-BSN Program Specialist, at (405) 208-5909 or orowildes@okcu.edu.
  • 124-hour program with no prerequisites; completion in as little as nine months.
  • On-site classes meet just four hours per week.
  • Flexible learning opportunities through online general education or elective courses.
Campus 2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106-1402

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

$ 3,730 per semester

Application Deadlines

For deadline information, contact the Office of Admissions at 580.349.1372

  • There are a total of 124 semester hours in the program.
  • Students are admitted in the fall, spring and summer.
  • Interactive and asynchronous online nursing courses offered.
Campus 323 Eagle Ave
Goodwell, OK 73939-0430

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Application Deadlines

March 1st and June 1st

  • For more information on program costs, contact Student Financial Aid at 918.335.6282
  • There are a total of 126 semester hours in the program.
  • Classes can be completed at the Bartlesville or Tulsa campuses, or online.
  • Additional questions, contact nursing@okwu.edu or call 800.375.4647.
Hybrid 2201 Silver Lake Rd
Bartlesville, OK 74006-6299

Oral Roberts University

$ 349 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Request information here

  • There are a total of 131 credits in the program.
  • It is possible to transfer 90 of the 131 credits: 33 of the 36 general education course credits, 25 of the 25 pre-requisite course credits and up to 32 credits awarded for associate degree nursing courses.
Online 7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74171

Rogers State University

$ 210 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • There are a total of 124 credits in the program.
  • The degree has a special emphasis on rural health care and federally-operated facilities.
Campus 1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, OK 74017-3252

Southern Nazarene University

Application Deadlines

For deadline information, email loneil@snu.edu or call the School of Nursing at 405.491.6365

  • Registered nurses, who have earned 60 or more transferable college semester credits, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 are eligible for the accelerated RN to BSN program.
  • Earn college credit from prior learning experience including on-the-job training, military training and life experiences.
  • Classes meet 1 night a week for 15 months at either of our Bethany or Tulsa Campuses.
Hybrid 6729 NW 39th Expy
Bethany, OK 73008

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

$ 268 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 17th and December 18th

  • The average amount of time it takes to complete the program is 4 to 5 semesters.
  • Courses are designed to be flexible for working students.
  • The program must be completed within five years of acceptance.
  • The professional nursing courses are delivered completely online.
Online 100 Campus Dr
Weatherford, OK 73096-3098

University of Central Oklahoma

$ 203 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Last Friday in January and the second Friday in September

  • The program consists of 124 credit hours.
  • A student who has completed all prerequisites and chooses the full-time option may complete the program in as little as 2 semesters.
  • There are full-time, part-time and career friendly scheduling options.
Campus 100 N University Dr
Edmond, OK 73034

University of Oklahoma

$ 248 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 1st

  • The program consists of 127 credit hours.
  • The OU College of Nursing does not currently require submission of SAT scores for admission to the program.
  • There are some set class times, but most work can be done on the student’s own schedule.
Hybrid 1100 N Lindsay
Norman, OK 73104

University of Tulsa

$ 1,285 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 1st

  • The program can be completed in 9 months (2 semester) if attended full-time, and in two years (4 semesters) part-time.
  • A total of 67 prerequisite courses are required.
  • This program requires clinical rotations.
Campus 800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104-3189

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Oklahoma that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Oklahoma that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Oklahoma has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Oklahoma is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Oklahoma RN’s with a BSN?

The AC works with large employers, advocating that they encourage nurses at their facilities to obtain a BSN.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. The AC is working with schools of nursing and faculty on articulation programs.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC works through research and surveys to gather data on potential leaders in the nursing field and identify open leadership positions.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC works with stakeholders to raise awareness of barriers to RN practice and build support for their removal.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?


Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The AC is working to build consensus from licensing boards around a minimum data set to collect from nurses upon licensing and renewal.

Contact Info

Jim Durbin

Executive Director
Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center

Jane Nelson

Executive Director
Oklahoma Nurses Association/Oklahoma Nurses Foundation

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Oklahoma Action Coalition page.

Oklahoma Licensing

Oklahoma is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Oklahoma nursing license is only valid within Oklahoma.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information