As nursing shortages loom, those looking for a rewarding career with excellent employment prospects in Oklahoma City are flocking to schools with nursing programs. With a variety of program types and levels, there's definitely no shortage of options in and around Oklahoma City.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry Level ADN & BSN Programs in Oklahoma City, OK

Those looking for entry-level nursing programs in Oklahoma City have multiple pathways. An Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are both possibilities with great potential.

LPN to RN Programs

For the licensed practical nurse who is passionate about providing patient care and yearns for additional job responsibilities, an LPN to RN bridge program provides an opportunity to expand on current knowledge to launch a career as a registered nurse.  One such program is offered at Oklahoma State University, which includes 75 credit hours of pre-requisites, nursing coursework and hands-on clinical practice hours.

ADN Programs

These 2-year programs offer the quickest route to become an RN, and are available at most community colleges in the area. For example, Oklahoma City Community College provides a traditional ADN program that requires a minimum of 71-72 credit hours. Courses taken include Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, and more.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

The traditional 4-year bachelor's degree in nursing is arguably the most popular nursing program, as it qualifies RNs for work in many different settings (many healthcare employers are starting to require a BSN degree or higher). Southern Nazarene University (SNU) offers BSN program with no wait-list for entry. Upon completion of the program, SNU graduates have an employment rate of over 90%.

Find out more about Oklahoma Accelerated BSN Programs

Oklahoma City RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 Oklahoma CityOklahoma
NCLEX-RN Students Total9242,023
NCLEX-RN Students Passed8501,800
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate92.0%89.0%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Oklahoma City

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Oklahoma City based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for Oklahoma out of 44 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Oklahoma City Community College - #2
  • Oklahoma State University - #12
  • Rose State College - #14
  • University of Central Oklahoma - #7
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Oklahoma City - #4
SchoolContact Information
Oklahoma Christian University - Oklahoma City
2501 E Memorial Rd
Edmond, OK 73136
(405) 425-5000
Oklahoma City Community College
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked Oklahoma Program: #2 of 44
7777 S May Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
(405) 682-1611
Oklahoma City University
2501 N Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 208-5904
Oklahoma State University
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked Oklahoma Program: #12 of 44
900 N Portland Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 945-3210
Redlands Community College - El Reno
1300 S Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 422-1262
Rose State College
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked Oklahoma Program: #14 of 44
6420 SE 15th Street
Midwest City, OK 73110
(405) 733-7673
Southern Nazarene University
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008
(405) 491-6610
University of Central Oklahoma
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Oklahoma Program: #7 of 44
100 N University Dr
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 974-5000
University of Oklahoma - Oklahoma City
1100 North Stonewall Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
(405) 271-2428
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Oklahoma City
1100 North Stonewall Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
(405) 271-2428

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Oklahoma City, OK

The RN to BSN and RN to MSN are "bridge" programs which allow nurses who have already graduated from an ADN or diploma program to complete a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing much more quickly. These programs gives students credits for courses completed in their prior programs, therefore shaving off a significant portion of the traditional curriculum.

RN to BSN Programs

The RN to BSN program is a roughly 2-year pathway to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Full-time or part-time study options are typically available for this type of program to accommodate busy working nurses. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers an RN to BSN program that consists of online coursework and optional monthly in-class Saturday sessions. They offer both Fall and Spring start times.

Find out more about Oklahoma RN to BSN Programs.

RN to MSN Programs

For those nurses who know they want to go on to earn an advanced nursing degree, an RN to MSN program is ideal. The University of Central Oklahoma, for example, offers an RN to MSN pathway where students take master's-level courses while completing their bachelor's degree in nursing. Once the BSN portion has been completed, students can complete the MSN coursework in as little as 3 additional semesters.

Find out more about Oklahoma RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information
Oklahoma Christian University
13800 Benson Road
Edmond, OK 73111
(800) 877-5010
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 974-5000
University of Oklahoma - Oklahoma City
1100 North Stonewall Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-2428

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Oklahoma City, OK

Advanced nursing programs poise RNs for the most prestigious nursing positions and careers. Traditional MSN programs, as well as post-master's certificate programs and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs allow RNs to specialize in an array of nurse practitioner specialties.

MSN Programs

The traditional master's degree pathway typically requires a bachelor's degree in nursing, and offers many specialization tracks. In roughly 2 years of study, students are on their way to an advanced nursing career. The University of Central Oklahoma offers an MSN degree with full or part-time schedule options, as well as evening classes.

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

For those who want to specialize in a particular nursing niche and have already earned an MSN degree, the post-master's certificate pathway is a great way to go. These are usually shorter and less expensive than earning another nursing degree. Oklahoma City University offers post-master's advanced practice certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, which require 20 and 22 credit hours, respectively.

Learn more about Oklahoma Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

DNP Programs

Doctoral degree programs are the highest nursing degrees that can be earned. DNP programs focus on high-level clinical practice and teach nurses to shape policy and other key areas of healthcare delivery. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers a DNP that requires 38 credit hours, and can be completed in 28 months of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study.

Find out more about Oklahoma DNP Programs.

SchoolContact Information
Oklahoma City University
2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 208-5000
The University of Oklahoma
DNP ProgramsMSN ProgramsPhD Programs
1100 N Stonewall Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 325-0311
University Of Central Oklahoma
MSN Programs
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 974-2000
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1100 N Stonewall Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-2428