Nursing

Nursing Degrees From Oklahoma City Community College

Learn from the best in this respected program and enter an in-demand profession.

  • Overview

    Nursing students with baby

    If you want to join a career field that is full of personal and professional rewards, becoming a nurse could be for you.

    Qualified, skilled nurses are in high demand worldwide. In fact, by the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses. That’s because the global population is living longer and requiring more from health care providers.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can begin your studies and work toward an associate degree in applied science in one of three nursing program pathways:

    You must apply and be accepted as an OCCC student in order to apply for acceptance into the nursing program.

    Contact an academic advisor to give you direction on the best plan of study for you or to find out how to apply.

    Information on deadlines for application submission can be found in the current class schedule under Academic Calendar: www.occc.edu/schedule/index.html

    Applicants to the traditional and career ladder pathways will be selected from eligible applicants who have been ranked according to a preference point system (see application). Baccalaureate to Associate Degree Nurse Accelerated Pathway applicants will be selected from eligible applicants who have been ranked according to their cumulative GPA. Remaining applicants will be placed on an alternate list.

    Please see the Prospective Student Information Letters located on the OCCC Nursing webpage for additional information (including admission process, curriculum patterns, estimated costs, clinical requirements, and licensure as a registered nurse).

    Additional information for applicants to the nursing program from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing:

    The Oklahoma City Community College nursing program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for (registered or practical) nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status. To be granted a license an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:

    • 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.

    Applicants in the above six categories will only be eligible to receive a license card that is valid for the time period of their authorized stay in the U.S., or if there is not date of end to the time period of their authorized stay, for one year. The license card is required to indicate that it is temporary. The information will be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    The Oklahoma Board of Nursing has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received. Additional information may be obtained at www.ok.gov/nursing.

    It is recommended that you submit your application to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing approximately two months (but no more than four months) before graduation. This will ensure adequate time for processing. Instructions for completion of the application and submission of required documents can be found at www.ok.gov/nursing.

    Are you ready to start your career? Complete an online community college admissions application today !

     

  • Overview

    Nursing students with baby

    If you want to join a career field that is full of personal and professional rewards, becoming a nurse could be for you.

    Qualified, skilled nurses are in high demand worldwide. In fact, by the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses. That’s because the global population is living longer and requiring more from health care providers.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can begin your studies and work toward an associate degree in applied science in one of three nursing program pathways:

    You must apply and be accepted as an OCCC student in order to apply for acceptance into the nursing program.

    Contact an academic advisor to give you direction on the best plan of study for you or to find out how to apply.

    Information on deadlines for application submission can be found in the current class schedule under Academic Calendar: www.occc.edu/schedule/index.html

    Applicants to the traditional and career ladder pathways will be selected from eligible applicants who have been ranked according to a preference point system (see application). Baccalaureate to Associate Degree Nurse Accelerated Pathway applicants will be selected from eligible applicants who have been ranked according to their cumulative GPA. Remaining applicants will be placed on an alternate list.

    Please see the Prospective Student Information Letters located on the OCCC Nursing webpage for additional information (including admission process, curriculum patterns, estimated costs, clinical requirements, and licensure as a registered nurse).

    Additional information for applicants to the nursing program from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing:

    The Oklahoma City Community College nursing program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for (registered or practical) nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status. To be granted a license an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:

    • 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.

    Applicants in the above six categories will only be eligible to receive a license card that is valid for the time period of their authorized stay in the U.S., or if there is not date of end to the time period of their authorized stay, for one year. The license card is required to indicate that it is temporary. The information will be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    The Oklahoma Board of Nursing has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received. Additional information may be obtained at www.ok.gov/nursing.

    It is recommended that you submit your application to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing approximately two months (but no more than four months) before graduation. This will ensure adequate time for processing. Instructions for completion of the application and submission of required documents can be found at www.ok.gov/nursing.

    Are you ready to start your career? Complete an online community college admissions application today !

     

  • Highlights

    Nursing students collaborating with iPad

    Accreditation – fully accredited/approved by the:    

    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
      3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
      Atlanta, Georgia 30326
      Phone: 404-975-5000
      Website: www.acenursing.org
    • Oklahoma Board of Nursing
      2915 North Classen Blvd., Suite 524
      Oklahoma City, OK 73106
      Phone: 405-962-1800
      Website: www.ok.gov/nursing

    Accepts up to 270 students per academic year into three nursing pathways:

    • Accepts 63 students each summer into the accelerated pathway
    • Accepts 63 students each fall into the career ladder pathway

    Graduates consistently perform at or above the state and national pass rate for first time testers on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam: www.ok.gov/nursing

    Three fully equipped campus labs with state of the art equipment and technologies: www.occc.edu/nccl/

    Following completion of this program, graduates will be skilled practitioners who:

    • Apply the nursing process in practice using clinical reasoning and decision-making competencies, communication competencies, and nursing skills which include technology and informatics necessary for safe, quality, and evidence-based practice in contemporary healthcare systems
    • Collaborate effectively with others in assessing, analyzing, planning, providing, and evaluating client-centered care within complex healthcare systems.
    • Practice safe, quality nursing care within healthcare teams in a caring manner to meet the multi-dimensional needs of clients, whether individual, family, groups, or community.
    • Act in accordance with an understanding of and commitment to professional role expectations, which include the values, ethics, legalities, and standards for entry-level nursing practice.
  • Degree Options

    Nursing Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Nursing students using clickers

    Oklahoma City Community College offers:

    • An associate degree in applied science in nursing, traditional: This nursing degree program provides the educational experiences necessary for entry into nursing practice as a Registered Nurse.Credits earned in this program may apply toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
    • An associate degree in applied science in nursing, career ladder pathway: This nursing degree program is designed to meet the needs of a student who is currently a licensed LPN or Oklahoma-licensed paramedic who would like to earn registered nurse status. Credits earned in this program may apply toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
    • An associate degree in applied science in nursing, baccalaureate to associate degree nurse accelerated pathway: This nursing degree program is for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in another area of study from a regionally accredited college or university. It takes into account the credit hours accumulated and provides an accelerated opportunity for completing nursing major courses. Credits earned in this program may apply toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
  • Courses

    Nursing students in labNursing Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    In the nursing program at Oklahoma City Community College, your major courses of study will include:

    • Nursing Role Transition (Career Ladder Pathway students only)
    • Nursing Process I, II, III, and IV (All traditional and accelerated students must complete these courses.)
    • Nursing Process III and IV (Career Ladder Pathway students also take these courses.)

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on your nursing degree program.

    You can also check the current community college class schedule for course availability.

  • Faculty
    Shelley Miller, MSN, RN

    Shelley Miller, MSN, RN


    Nursing Program Director

    Shelley Miller graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Oklahoma Baptist University.  She was the recipient of the Robert A. Watson Cardiovascular Nursing Award from UCO and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.  Shelley worked in critical care and outpatient diagnostics with a focus in cardiac ICU and open heart recovery.  She began her career at OCCC as adjunct faculty in 2003 and accepted a full-time Professor of Nursing position in 2012. Her publications include: “Capnometry vs pH testing in nasogastric tube placement” in Gastrointestinal Nursing, pages 30-33, volume 9, number 2, March 2011. “Implications for Simulation in Nursing Education” in The Journal of Practical Nursing, Fall 2010 edition. “Health Promotion in Asian-Americans” in The Journal of Practical Nursing, pages 2-4, Summer 2010 edition.

     
    Traci Boren, MS, RN, CNOR

    Traci Boren, MS, RN, CNOR


    Professor of Nursing

    Traci is a professor in the BADNAP nursing program. She graduated from the OU College of Nursing with her BSN in 1998 and her MS in Nursing Education in 2008. She spent 8 ½ years in the Army National Guard as a medic, LPN, and then as an RN. Traci currently works as a perioperative nurse and says she truly enjoys being in the operating room. She is married, has a son in elementary school and has a variety of pets. Traci loves hiking/camping, reading, movies and traveling. She shares that she loves teaching here at OCCC, and feels very lucky to have a part in educating future nurses.

     
    Deanne Branch, MSN, RN, CCRN

    Deanne Branch, MSN, RN, CCRN


    Professor of Nursing

    Deanne is a professor in the traditional nursing program.  Prior to coming to OCCC, Deanne worked for twelve years as a registered nurse in the adult intensive care unit. Deanne graduated from UCO in 2003 with her BSN and from OBU in 2014 with her MSN in Nursing Education. She earned her certification in critical care nursing in 2012. Outside of work, Deanne’s favorite thing is to be with her four awesome kids. If she’s not playing with them, she can probably be found with a book.

     
    Sarah Brown, MS, RNC

    Sarah Brown, MS, RNC


    Professor of Nursing

    Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and her master’s degree from Oklahoma University.  Sarah is a former clinical coordinator of a labor and delivery unit and currently works as a labor and delivery nurse.  In addition, she works as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) in the adult and pediatric setting.  She is active in her church and is a volunteer for Mustang Public Schools.   She is the mother of three children and resides in Oklahoma City with her husband Matt.  Sarah enjoys reading, running, and watching her kids play sports in her spare time.  She feels blessed to be a part of educating students in the wonderful profession of nursing.

     
    Jennifer Brumley

    Jennifer Brumley


    Professor of Nursing

    Jennifer Brumley earned her associate degree in nursing at OCCC in 2002. After graduation, she worked as an ICU nurse at OU Medical Center and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2009 from the University of Phoenix. She worked in both the PACU and post-surgical unit at Surgical Hospital of Oklahoma while she earned her master’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University. Her capstone project focused on teaching nursing students to provide evidence-based care. She was the critical care educator at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South before returning to OCCC as a faculty member.

     
    Donna Chambers, MS RN

    Donna Chambers, MS RN


    Associate Nursing Program Director

    Donna’s initial Registered Nursing education was as a “Diploma” graduate of St. Anthony’s Hospital School of Nursing. She obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She has been working in nursing education since 1988 and practicing in the same hospital since 1973. Donna’s clinical experience is in Mother-Baby care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Emergency Department and Perioperative nursing. She currently works at Shawnee St. Anthony Hospital in the Center for Women. She certified through the Perinatal Continuing Education Program and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. Donna started working for OCCC in the summer of 2016 and LOVES her job as Associate Nursing Program Director. She feels the nursing faculty, staff and administration are terrific role models of excellence in education.

     
    Michaele Cole, MS, MHR, RN

    Michaele Cole, MS, MHR, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    Michaele has been a Registered Nurse since 1982.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from OU as well as a Masters in Human Relations and a Masters in Nursing Education.  She has been employed in various positions in the healthcare field, predominately in the area of med/ surg nursing.  Michaele has been in education for a total of 21 years. Prior to coming to OCCC, she was the Health Science Technology I Instructor at Mid America Technology Center.  Michaele feels her experience as an educator serves her well as she continues to support the educational success of students at OCCC as Professor of Nursing.  She shares that she feels a deep sense of responsibility to prepare a student to become a life learner.  

     
    Kelia Crabbe, MS, RN

    Kelia Crabbe, MS, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    Kelia received her BSN from the University of Oklahoma and completed her MSN at Oklahoma Baptist University.  Kelia has been employed in several aspects of nursing including critical care, medical surgical, and nursing education.  In addition to nursing, Kelia is a women’s health ultrasonographer.  She is active in her church and volunteers for Deedah’s Covers- a blanket ministry for those undergoing chemo therapy or other types of healthcare problems.  Kelia lives in Goldsby with her husband David, she has 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren (2 sets of twins).  Her hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, reading and travel.

     
    Merette Dean, MS, RN

    Merette Dean, MS, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    Merette graduated from the Oklahoma City Community College nursing program in the Spring of 2008 and worked initially with labor and delivery and postpartum patients. She earned her Bachelors degree at Oklahoma City University in 2010 and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Merette worked for several years in labor and delivery, pre-op, PACU, as well as a pediatric diabetes educator. She earned her Masters degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2014. Merette began working at OCCC in 2010 as adjunct nursing faculty and accepted a full time Professor of Nursing position in 2016. She has a passion for education and encourages all her students’ to advance their education.

     
    Jacqueline Frock, MSN, RN

    Jacqueline Frock, MSN, RN


    Professor Nursing

    Jacqueline Frock began her nursing career with an AAS from Bacone College in 1987. She received a Baccalaureate in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 1994, and from Oklahoma City University received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2006. Her primary area of clinical practice has been in mental health/psychiatric nursing. She was selected as a Janssen Scholar by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in 2006 for graduate nursing research in anxiety levels of nursing students during psychiatric clinical rotations. She has also worked in psychiatric home health and oncology.

     
    Tiffany Jackson, MS, RN

    Tiffany Jackson, MS, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    I have been a Registered Nurse since 2001. I received my BSN at Langston University, and my MSN at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2012. My nursing background is in the area of critical care, and I'm currently a Nursing Professor in NP IV.

     
    Robin McMurry, MS, RNC

    Robin McMurry, MS, RNC


    Professor of Nursing

    Professor Robin McMurry, PHD, RNC earned her associates degree in Nursing from Oklahoma City Community College, her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma, her master’s degree in Nursing from Southern Nazarene University, and her doctoral degree in Nursing Philosophy from Oklahoma City University. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of two. She resides in Oklahoma City with her husband Scott.

     
    Cindy Milam, MS, RN

    Cindy Milam, MS, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    Cindy is a graduate of Tuttle High School and received her Bachelors of Nursing at Oklahoma City University.  She received her Masters of Nursing Education at Southern Nazarene University. Cindy is a Pediatric Oncology Nurse at OU Children’s Hospital and loves working with the kids and their families. She shares that she is excited to be a part of such a great program that is able to produce some of the highest quality nurses in Oklahoma.  Cindy also believes that she is a part of a great team that cares about the success of each student and the safety of patients everywhere. 

     
    Jennifer Peters, MS, RN, CNE

    Jennifer Peters, MS, RN, CNE


    Professor of Nursing

    Jennifer Peters is a Professor of Nursing at Oklahoma City Community College in the second semester of the traditional pathway specializing in Maternal Newborn nursing. Jennifer’s higher education began at OCU where she received a BS in Dance Management in 2000. After a short dance career, and many injuries, she returned to Oklahoma for nursing school. Jennifer is honored to be 2003 graduate of our OCCC Nursing program. She first considered nursing education as a potential career while still in nursing school. Jennifer completed her MS in Nursing Education in 2008 and began full-time employment at OCCC the same year. In August, 2013, she passed the certification exam in nursing education and was able to add CNE (Certified Nurse Educator) to her title. In addition to teaching and working as a labor nurse in a local hospital Jennifer loves spending time with her family.

     
    Randa Pospisil, MS, RN

    Randa Pospisil, MS, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    Randa graduated from the Oklahoma City Community College nursing program in the fall of 1998 and worked initially with newborns and pediatric surgical patients. She earned her Bachelors degree at Southern Nazarene University in 2001 and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Randa worked for several years in hospice as an RN case manager and a clinical director. She earned her Masters degree from Southern Nazarene University in 2008. Randa began working at OCCC in 2007 as adjunct nursing faculty and accepted a full time Professor of Nursing position in 2013.

     
    Beverly Schaeffer, MSN, RN

    Beverly Schaeffer, MSN, RN


    Professor of Nursing

    Beverly has been teaching fulltime at OCCC since 2002, after working as an adjunct clinical instructor for several semesters. She currently teaches in Nursing Process II in the traditional pathway. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1977 and her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2004. Beverly’s clinical focus has been maternal-newborn nursing and she teaches maternal-newborn and med-surg nursing. 

     
  • After OCCC

    Nursing students working with "Dan"Nursing Careers

    Graduates of the Oklahoma City Community College Nursing Program are skilled practitioners who apply clinical reasoning and decision-making competencies, communication competencies, and nursing skills which include technology and informatics to provide safe, quality care and education for clients and the public in a wide variety of practice settings to include:

    • Acute Care Hospitals
    • Out Patient Clinics
    • Public Schools
    • Private and Industry Sectors
    • Home Health
    • Community Based Centers
    • Long Term Care Facilities (Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities)
    • Correctional Facilities
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
    • Wellness Centers

    According to the Oklahoma Healthcare Workforce Center, Oklahoma nursing graduates will have vast employment opportunities with a predicted 31,531 registered nurse positions available by 2015 including 3,162 new positions. By 2025, a shortage of more than 3,000 nurses is predicted in Oklahoma. The need for registered nurses within the state and across the United States is only expected to grow.

    Graduates of the Oklahoma City Community College nursing program will not only have employment opportunities, they will also have the opportunity to further their education by using the associate degree in nursing to matriculate into baccalaureate and masters degree programs in nursing.

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