1. How do I apply to the nursing program?
First apply to the college and then obtain a nursing application packet. The nursing application packet may be obtained from the website, by mail or in person. If the website application is desired, go to www.noc.edu, then click on academics, then nursing, then admission info or just click on admission info in this section. The link entitled "application packet" may be printed off, completed, and given to the nursing division by mail or in person. If you would like an application packet mailed to you, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 580.628.6679. The application packet may be obtained at any campus location (Tonkawa, Enid, Stillwater) in the nursing office. The deadline for all nursing applications is March 1st.
2. Is taking the ACT or HESI A2 within 3 years required if I have a degree or have been out of high school for a few years?
Yes, a standardized testing component is required for the application process.
3. Do I have to have all the prerequisites finished before I apply to the nursing program?
No, you may apply to the nursing program without completion of a college course.
4. How long does it take to complete the nursing program?
The nursing program is a 2 year program. Since the work load is intense, students may choose to take some college courses before entering the nursing program extending over the 2 years.
5. If I have a college degree, can I take the program in less than 2 years?
No, since the nursing courses are sequential and offered only once a year 2 years is the minimum.
6. If I have an LPN license, can I take the program in less than 2 years?
Yes, if you graduated from an ACEN accredited program. See the section on admissions info and then click on LPN to RN.
7. Is transportation provided to the clinical/practicum sites?
Students provide their own transportation; some even form car pools.
8. Are hospital experiences included in the program?
Yes, the nursing curriculum consists of courses in both nursing theory and nursing practicum. Clinical experiences are provided at agencies located primarily in Ponca City, Stillwater and Enid. Other health care facilities provide specific clinical experiences. All student learning activities are planned, supervised and evaluated by Northern nursing faculty and are chosen to provide experiences with clients of all age groups in varying degrees of wellness. Because of the limited availability of clinical experiences in mental health and pediatrics, students will travel to the Oklahoma City area.
9. What kind of job can I get after I graduate?
Once the RN license is obtained after successfully passing the NCLEX-RN exam, graduates are prepared to obtain an entry level RN staff position. These positions provide direct client care to all individuals across the lifespan. In fact, 6 months after graduation over 90% of the graduates have jobs in the following areas: medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric, ICU, ER, geriatrics, or psychiatric nursing.
10. Is financial aid available?
Yes, there are financial aid options available for qualified students. Contact the financial aid office at Northern Oklahoma College for more information. Scholarships are also available for nursing students.