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About the Program

We offer the 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree for the RN. A 2-year RN’s focus is providing care at the bedside regardless of whether the bedside is located in the hospital, clinic, doctor’s office, hospice, nursing home or community. We also focus on how to manage care for groups of patients.

Upon graduation from this program and after passing NCLEX-RN boards, you may practice in any of the following areas: medical, surgical, intensive care unit (ICU), emergency department (ED), psychiatric (mental health), maternity (OB), pediatrics (children’s), OR (surgery), outpatient surgery, clinics, offices, neonatal (nursery), skilled nursing, parish, long term care, prison or home health.

Admission standards can be found by clicking Application Information.

Mission Statement:
With an understanding that all individuals have worth and potential, we are committed to student learning and success. Using personal interaction, rigorous instruction and innovative technologies, we strive to provide high quality, accessible nursing education that prepares a safe, competent nurse who is committed to compassion, critical thinking and lifelong learning.

NOC Nursing – Just Exceptional

Our Philosophy

The nursing faculty views a client as a holistic being in a continuous state of development. The client may be the individual, family or groups with a common purpose. Each client possesses intrinsic worth, unique needs, abilities, rights, and is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. It is the right of the client to make decisions to achieve an optimal level of health.
Health changes on a continuum of wellness to illness. Wellness is an individualized state of holistic health, not merely the absence of disease. The client has the right to seek and have access to health care, health promotion, and disease prevention through education.
Nursing focuses on the needs of the client within the multicultural and global society context throughout the life cycle, to achieve the highest level of functioning on the wellness-illness continuum. The nurse, through the use of the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis/problem identification, planning, implementation and evaluation) assists the client to make changes that promote, maintain and/or restore holistic health through critical thinking/clinical reasoning, priority and goal setting, and problem solving. Nursing provides health promotion and disease prevention through client education in various settings. Inherent in the practice of nursing is an attitude of caring, compassion, ethics and empathy integrated with knowledge of psychosocial, nursing and biophysical sciences.
Nursing Education
As faculty, we believe that nursing education should be accomplished in institutions of higher learning, based on principles derived from general education, adult learning, psychosocial, biophysical, and nursing sciences. Nursing education is a life-long process and should continue after completion of this program. Learning activities should be sequential and planned to provide the knowledge base and experience necessary to become a safe and competent provider of nursing care. Nursing education is ongoing and considers the health care needs of a global society, the needs of the local communities, the needs of the nursing profession, and the learning needs of the individual student.
Role of the Associate Degree Graduate
The graduate of this program enters nursing as a competent, safe, beginning practitioner prepared and committed to give direct care to clients having health care needs with relatively known outcomes. The graduate is prepared to function within acute care settings, extended care facilities, or community-based settings as a collaborative member of the health care team. The graduate is prepared to meet minimum standards for practice as identified by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The faculty recognizes that optimal learning occurs when learners actively participate in their own learning. Learning involves a change in knowledge, skills, attitude and/or behavior. The faculty takes into consideration the individual needs of the learner and makes realistic modifications as necessary. The faculty plans interactions and experiences to stimulate the cognitive, affective and psychomotor development of the learner. The goal of the nursing program is to prepare safe, caring, competent RNs for entry into practice.

The nursing program embraces the following values:

Excellence, Integrity, Resourcefulness Impactful Relationships, Compassionate Service.

Campus Locations 

The Northern Nursing Program has 3 locations: Tonkawa, Enid and Stillwater

  • Tonkawa Campus: Nursing Division; Renfro Center; 1409 E Grand, Box 310; Tonkawa, OK 74653                      Telephone: 580.628.6679 Fax: 580.628-6674.
  • Enid Campus: Nursing Division; Zollar’s Hall; 100 S University Ave, Box 2300; Enid, OK 73702                             Telephone: 580.628-6679 Fax: 580.548-2214.
  • Stillwater Campus: Nursing Division; NOC Classroom Building, 615 N. Monroe; Stillwater, OK 74075               Telephone: 580.628-6679 Fax: 405.744-7965.

We have a rich history of the nursing program since its inception in 1971 with 46 students enrolled in the first nursing class in Tonkawa. In 1994, the program expanded to the Enid site and in 2002, we expanded to Stillwater. We are able to offer the nursing program to all 3 locations via interactive television (ITV) and onsite live instruction. Approximately 150 students are in attendance yearly.