Requirements for Upper Division Admission

  • OC's Continuing Students (entered OC as a freshman with pre-nursing major). Continuing sophomore OC pre-nursing majors should complete an application form by the date listed on the OC Nursing Website. Applicants must apply in the spring semester of sophomore year. Forms are available in the Nursing Office and can also be downloaded from the OC Nursing Website.
  • Change of Major Students (entered OC as a freshman; major other than nursing). An OC student may change to the nursing major if the student is not on academic alert or probation and has a 3.0 (beginning class of 2018) OC cumulative GPA. It is strongly recommended that the change of major be completed as soon as possible, but at least two semesters prior to the first semester of upper division nursing courses. The student should file an application form during the spring semester of sophomore year. The student must meet the requirements for graduation based upon the published OC Catalog at the time of applying for acceptance into the upper division of OC's nursing program.
  • Transfer Students (a student 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 Department 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. Selection of transfer students for initial entry into nursing courses is based upon indicators of the applicant's likelihood of success in the nursing program and in professional practice.
  • Please see the OC Nursing website for the transfer student application deadline for initial entry into the nursing program. Admission testing scores are required with the application. Transfer applicants are advised to contact the Nursing Program Office as early as possible in the application process.
  • Transfer students may be permitted, after individual 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 may be asked to submit additional documentation.
  • Admission to the upper division (junior & senior year) of the nursing program is competitive; it is based on academic records and completion of all prerequisite courses.
    • The weighted admission tool is utilized. Students must also comply with other admission requirements as listed above. Those interested should contact the Department of Nursing Office for admission requirements that are unique to students who already have a degree and who want to be admitted to the nursing program.
  • Other
    • Re-enrollment - The student who has been a nursing major and leaves OC must apply for reenrollment after an absence of a full fall or spring semester. If the student meets University enrollment criteria, the Registrar's Office will contact the Director of Nursing to receive approval for the student to reenroll 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-entering students may be required to pass comprehensive mastery exam(s). 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.
  • Admission and Enrollment Requirements. 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 (beginning class 2018).
      • 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
      • Nutrition 3 hours
      • College Algebra 3 hours
    • The following support courses may be taken concurrently with the clinical courses during the junior year. The courses listed below MUST be completed with a grade of "C" or higher before entering the senior level (4000 level) courses.
      • Development Psychology 3 hours
      • Statistical Methods 3 hours
    • Enrollment in all nursing courses, which are limited to the nursing major, requires at least a 3.0 (beginning class 2018) OC cumulative GPA. Students who are repeatedly unable to achieve or maintain a 3.0 GPA (beginning class 2018) prior to enrollment in clinical courses will be discontinued from the major.
    • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card from the American Heart Association (AHA is the ONLY provider accepted) for health care providers.
    • Documentation of required immunizations (complete list found in Appendix D of this handbook).
    • No more than 15 credit hours of OC core curriculum that have not been completed
    • Completion of Admission Exams (contact Department of Nursing Office to schedule; transfer students must submit scores with application)
    • Documentation of health insurance
    • Drug screen and criminal background check as required by health care agencies.

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, approved uniform and a lab coat.
  • Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical settings.