Prospective Students

School of Nursing
Nursing is an exciting and rewarding profession that involves both the art and the science of nursing. Professional nurses are in high demand in today’s health care system. Professional nurses are recognized for their skills, judgment and decision making ability. Research has shown that there is a direct correlation between successful patient recovery and the number of baccalaureate 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.

Nursing Mission
The mission of the ECU School of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate nurses that are lifelong learners, to provide safe, quality, patient-centered care in an environment of teamwork and collaboration. Evidence based practice and informatics will be used to provide the best possible outcomes for the client and healthcare team in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse society.

Convenient Locations
The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree to pre-licensed students at it two campus sites in Ada and Durant.

Clinical Experiences

East Central University nursing students have clinical learning experiences in modern, up-to-date hospitals and other clinical facilities throughout Oklahoma and North Texas.  Both rural and urban sites are used for clinical rotations. Students receive clinical experience in medical/surgical areas, pediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatric mental health nursing, critical care, community health and nursing leadership. Senior nursing students participate in a one-to-one experience with a qualified preceptor for a portion of their last semester. 

Graduation Requirements

The Oklahoma Board of Regents requirements for graduation from any state supported 4-year college or university include:

  1. a minimum total of one hundred twenty-four (124) credit hours
  2. a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours from East Central University (Residency requirement)
  3. a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited four-year senior institution
  4. a minimum of 40 upper division credit hours (3000 and/or 4000 level courses) in any subject matter
  5. a minimum of 15 of the last 30 credit hours from ECU or have at least 50% of the credit hours required by the institution in the Nursing Major completed from ECU


So What Kind of Job Can I Get with a Nursing Degree?

For information about the pre-licensure program please contact us:

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

Recommended Four Year Course Schedule

Recommended Schedule – Ada

Recommended Schedule – Durant

Information About the School of Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam 2017 (TEAS)--See link provided below.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS .docx)

TEAS Review Video Tutorials by Mometrix

Application to the School of Nursing  (DUE Sept. 1, 2018 by 5:00 p.m)

Applications to the ECU School of Nursing are accepted one time annually on September 1st.  Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing to meet with an assigned nursing advisor to discuss all application and eligibility requirements as early as possible during their freshman year in college.  Typically, there are 1 - 2 semesters of college-level coursework that needs to be completed in order for a student to be eligible for admission. 

Application to the School of Nursing

Below are documents you will need to review as part of the Application to the School of Nursing.  The application asks you to sign that you have reviewed and acknowledge understanding of the material provided in these documents:

  1. Immunization Requirements
  2. Scope of Practice for the R.N.
  3. Student Nurse Position Description

Below is the link to the “Criteria for Admission to the ECU Nursing Program Scoring Rubric” that is used to calculate each applicant’s points to determine admission rank. This application scoring rubric is used by the Student Admission, Retention, and Progression committee to assign points to each application. Based on points, applicants are ranked in numerical order and top candidates for each campus are selected for admission. The number of applicants admitted to the School of Nursing is limited by availability of faculty and clinical resources. Selection is very competitive with 50 students accepted to the Ada campus and 32 students accepted to the Durant campus. Applicants should receive application outcome email notification during the week of ECU’s fall break. Please contact your nursing faculty advisor if you have any questions.

          Criteria for Admission to the ECU Nursing Program Scoring Rubric

Transfering Non-Nursing Courses from Another University

Students may check to see if courses they have taken will equate to ECU courses by using the ECU transfer matrix: on the ECU website.

1. The first page lists all the colleges that have equated courses with ECU. Scroll through and find the desired college. Highlight it and click “Next.” The second page lists all courses from that college. Scroll through and find the desired course. Highlight it and click “Next.”

2.  The third page shows if the course is equated to an ECU course, and if so, which ECU course. Because the ECU transfer matrix does not list the course name, there may be a need to search the catalog. If the ECU transfer matrix does not show a course number, or it shows 0000, then that particular course has never been equated to an ECU course. Meet with your advisor to follow up about the possible need for a “Course Substitution Form.”

Transfering Nursing Courses from Another University

Students who have taken nursing courses at another university may be able to transfer them to ECU.  Nursing transfer courses are reviewed on a case by case basis.  Students should review the Nursing Course Equating Policy below and meet with an advisor for any specific questions. 

Nursing Course Equating Policy and Form (pdf)

Eligibility for Oklahoma Nursing Licensure

Estimated Student Costs