Upper Division Admission Requirements

Current OC Students - Students should complete an application form by the date listed on the OC Nursing application. Applicants must apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Forms are available in the Nursing Office and can also be downloaded from the OC Nursing Website.

Change of Major Students - It is strongly recommended for students wishing a change of major to nursing should do so as soon as possible.  Please schedule an appointment with the School of Nursing as soon as possible when considering a change of major.

Transfer Students - A transfer student consists of anyone who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attempted college or university work elsewhere for credit. Transfer students must first apply for admission to OC and then to the nursing program. Individuals who plan to apply as transfer students are urged to contact the OC Admission Office and the School of Nursing office in order to receive current information. The number of new transfer students admitted to upper division nursing courses each semester is determined by the availability of faculty, facilities, and the number of qualified continuing OC students. Transfer students will be considerred and ranked for conditional acceptance or waitlisted on a space-available, competitive basis.

Transfer students may be permitted, after individiual review, to pursue a nursing major at OC if they have been previously enrolled in another nursing program.  All transfer student applicants who have been previously enrolled in a nursing program will be asked to submit additional documentation, including a letter of good standing from the previous nursing program

Re-enrollment - The student who has been a nursing major and leaves OC must apply for re-enrollment after an absence of a full fall or spring semester. If the student meets University enrollment criteria, the Registrar's Office will contact the Associate Dean to receive approval for the student to re-enroll as a nursing major. The student must meet the requirements for graduation based upon the current published OC Catalog at the time of re-entry into the nursing major.  Re-enrollment is dependent on clinical space availability in practicum courses.

Additional Bachelor's Degree - A student with a previous undergraduate degree from OC must meet the same enrollment requirements as other OC students. A student with a bachelor's degree from another university is considered a transfer student.

Master's Degree - The 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA requirement may be waived for those student who have successfully completed a master's degree beyond their initial undergraduate degree.

Please Note: Admission to the upper division (junior & senior year) of OC's Nursing Program is competitive. It is based on academic records and completion of all pre-requisite courses.

Enrollment Requirements (Upper Division)

Students must meet the following requirements to enroll in the first clinical semester (junior fall semester) of nursing coursework.

The following support courses MUST be completed with a grade of "C" or higher before entering the first clinical nursing courses which is the fall of the junior year (3000 level nursing courses). Students MUST have a cumulative average of 3.0.

General Biology - 3 hours

Introduction to Chemistry - 4 hours

Anatomy & Physiology I - 3 hours

Anatomy & Physiology II - 3 hours

Microbiology - 4 hours

General Psychology - 3 hours

Developmental Psychology - 3 hours

Nutrition - 3 hours

College Algebra - 3 hours

Enrollment in all nursing courses, which are limited to the nursing major, requires at least a 3.0 OC cumulative GPA. Students who are unable to achieve or maintain a 3.0 GPA prior to enrollment in clinical courses may be removed from the nursing program.

Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card from the American Heart Association (AHA is the ONLY provider accepted) for health care providers.

Documentation of required immunizations

It is suggested that no more than 15 credit hours of OC core curriculum be outstanding at the start of the nursing program.

Documentation of health insurance

Drug screen and criminal background check as required by health care agencies.

Enrollment Requirements Prior to Senior Year

The course listed below MUST be completed with a grade of "C" or higher before entering the senior level (4000 level) nursing courses.

Statistical Methods - 3 hours

Additional Requirements for Clinical Component of Nursing Courses

  • Adheres to clinical dress policy as described within the handbook.
  • Each student is required to have a watch with second hand, bandage scissors, stethoscope, and approved uniform scrubs. 
  • Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical settings.