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. Graduates from the School of Nursing 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 healthcare facilities throughout the central plains and the southwest.

School of Nursing offers 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.

A Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing to pre-licensure students is offered on campus in Ada and Durant, Oklahoma. Pre-licensure students complete an eight-semester program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science 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 of Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-CAT, RN) to become a Registered Nurse. See our curriculum model.


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Faculty and Staff Amanda Hoffpauir
Nursing Instructor
580-745-2618 Amy Ross
Administrative Assistant - Durant
Darcy Duncan
Interim Director
Dawna Biber
Deborah Kifer
Program Coordinator – Durant
580-745-3199 Debra S. Ollila

Ms. Ollila began her career in nursing as an LPN in 1977, graduating with an Associate Nursing degree in 1986. She worked as a Registered nurse in the acute medical-surgical area for 15 years, and as a home health nurse in Los Angeles for 2 years before moving to OK and completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at ECU in 2003. Ms. Ollila has been a psychiatric and mental health nurse since 1994; 10 years working with child & adolescents, and 7 years working with adults with psychiatric and/or chemical substance abuse issues, geriatric, and with the developmentally disabled populations. She became an instructor of nursing in ECU’s BSN program in 2006 and currently teaches Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Child Adult II Medical Surgical Nursing, and in 3 courses in the ECU RN to BSN program. Ms. Ollila graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a Master’s of Science degree in 2007 and is currently an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. She completed a Post-Masters Certificate at OUHSC in Nursing Education in 2008, and a certificate in an Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse & Neglect from the OU College of Pediatrics in 2008.

Gayla Reed
Jason Diduch
Instructor Jennifer L. Heck
Instructor of Nursing and Program Coordinator - Ada

Ms. Heck, prior to joining the faculty of ECU, taught at Bacone College, in their two-year ADN program and their RN-to-BSN program. She has practice expertise as an RN in the areas of NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) and Mother-Baby (Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, and Transition Nursery). Ms. Heck holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1999) and a Master of Science (2004) from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing. Ms. Heck maintains certification in neonatal intensive care nursing and as a certified nurse educator. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. In addition, Ms. Heck holds professional memberships in AWHONN, CANS, and MNRS. Kayce Powers
580-559-5802 Megan Dilday
Instructor and Clinical Coordinator
Misty Gray
Nursing Instructor
580-559-5798 Nicole Barney
Office Administrator
5805595933 Pamela Curtis
580-745-3299 Susan Shalver
Instructor of Nursing
Tonnie Scott
Clinical Instructor
580-775-3308 Viki Saidleman

Viki Vogt Saidleman earned undergraduate and Masters Degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in medical/surgical and ICU areas. She has enjoyed teaching nursing for 22 years with 2 of those years at East Central and 20 years at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. Past focus areas for teaching include fundamentals, lab, medical terminology, obstetrics and pediatrics. Present areas of teaching include Child Adult I and II and Adaptation in Aging.

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

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

What Can I Become?

  • School Nurse
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  • Legal Nurse Consultant
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  • Intensive Care Unit Nurse
  • Public Health Care Nurse
  • ...and more!

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

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