School of Nursing

Nursing SealGreetings, Students and Prospective Students:

Nursing is an exciting and rewarding profession that involves both the art of caring and the science of curing. Professional nurses are in high demand in today's health care system. They are being recognized for their skills, judgment and decision making ability and research has shown that there is a direct correlation between successful patient recovery and the number of nurses providing care.

The ECU School of Nursing is recognized for its excellence in nursing education. ECU graduates are heavily recruited by health care facilities throughout the central plains and the southwest.

The Mission of the ECU School of Nursing is to offer a high quality baccalaureate nursing program that provides south central and southeast Oklahoma with accessible professionally delivered nursing care. This program prepares graduates to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings in rural, as well as urban, Oklahoma.

The School of Nursing offers a bachelor’s of science with a major in nursing degree via two options: the pre-licensure and the RN to BSN completion program.

Nursing Degree Options

The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree to pre-licensure students on campus in Ada and at our campus in Durant. Pre-licensure students complete an eight semester program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing. Graduates who meet the Oklahoma state requirements for licensure, including a clear criminal background check, are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-CAT, RN) to become a Registered Nurse.


RN to BSN students are licensed registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing who are interested in earning a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing. The School of Nursing recognizes registered nurses as self-motivated adult learners who possess a base of knowledge and experience upon which to build additional knowledge and skills. Applicants must have graduated from a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma program. Students are admitted each January and may complete the required nursing courses in 12 months.  Additional course work to satisfy degree requirements may be necessary.  

Our RN to BSN courses are blended, meaning that there is minimal face to face online class time for students.  Coursework involves using Webex for online classroom meetings, enhanced learning and clinical experience. Clinical experiences are flexible, allowing students to plan clinical requirements around job responsibilities.  Nursing courses are designed for students to complete the majority of coursework online using our Blackboard ® educational system and by attending online synchronous classes via the internet using the WebEx platform at scheduled times throughout the semester.


Contact Us for more information about the Pre-licensure Program:

Ada Campus
East Central University
1100 E. 14th
Ada, OK 74820

Nicole Barney
Phone: 580-559-5933
Fax: 580-559-5785
Toll free: 888-691-0001

Durant Campus
Southeastern University Campus site
1405 N. 4th Ave
Durant, OK 74701

 Amy Ross
Phone: 580-745-3180
Fax: 580-745-7401

Ardmore Campus- (for current students in the nursing program only)
University Center of Southern Oklahoma
2901 Mt. Washington Rd.
Ardmore,  OK 73401

Becky Vladyka
Phone: 580-319-0300
Fax: 580-319-0397

 Nursing Students

National Accreditation and Oklahoma Board of Nursing Certification

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program has full certification by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  Information may be obtained from either of these organizations at the addresses below:

Oklahoma Board of Nursing

2915 N Classen Blvd, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Telephone: (405) 926 1800

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020