- Thank you for your interest in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Oklahoma City Community College’s Baccalaureate to ADN Accelerated Pathway (OCCC). The Oklahoma Board of Nursing has given the OCCC nursing program five years of full accreditation. The Board of Nursing conducted its most recent review in February 2014. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc. (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5000; Website: www.acenursing.org) has granted the program ongoing accreditation. ACEN conducted its most recent review in February 2014. In spring 2022, the next re-accreditation visit will take place. At that time, the required papers will be delivered to OBN.
- You must have a baccalaureate or higher degree in a discipline other than nursing from a regionally approved institution of higher education to be eligible for the accelerated pathway. If you have a degree from a foreign college or university, the OCCC Registrar’s Office will determine if your degree is regarded as equivalent to one from a regionally accredited college or university. Seventy-one to seventy-two (71-72) credit hours are required for the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing, with 36 credit hours in nursing major curriculum. The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses is open to graduates of this state-approved curriculum (NCLEX-RN). The information enclosed provides an overview of the program’s requirements.
- This pathway’s coursework will begin the first week of the summer term. Instead of the customary 16-week durations, each of the four core nursing major courses will be offered in 8-week increments. The accelerated track will be a challenging and intensive program of study because it allows qualified students to complete their AAS degree in March following a June enrollment or October after a January acceptance. Up to 50% of the content in web-enhanced or online independent studies will be included in the theory component of nursing courses. There will also be one six-hour theory day per week, as well as clinical experiences ranging from 20 to 24 hours per week. Each cohort will have a maximum of 45 students.
- The Division of Health Professions demands a complete national Background Report due to clinical agency standards, which includes, but is not limited to, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) sex offender, violent offender, and criminal history background searches. The student is liable for the $65.00 Background Report fee, which can only be paid by credit card or money order. Criminal history reports are reviewed by clinical agency representatives. A student’s clinical access might be granted or denied only by the facility. If a student is denied access to clinical locations, he or she will not be able to complete the course or program satisfactorily. A Nationwide Background Check will be required if there is an interruption in continuous membership.
Applicants who are qualifying aliens must bring authentic documentary evidence of the following to the Board office in person:
- A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the U.S.;
- A pending or approved application for asylum in the U.S.;
- Admission into the U.S. in refugee status;
- A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the U.S.;
- Approved deferred action status; or
- A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent residence status or conditional resident status