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 healthcare 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 a bachelor of science with a major in Nursing degree to pre-licensed students at it two campus sites in Ada and Durant. ECU online RN to BSN degree completion program beginning Fall of 2019. See more information about the online RN to BSN Program.

Clinical Experiences
ECU 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. minimum total of 124 credit hours
  2. minimum of 30 credit hours from ECU (residency requirement)
  3. minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited four-year senior institution
  4. minimum of 40 upper division credit hours (3000 and/or 4000 level courses) in any subject matter
  5. minimum of 15 of the last 30 credit hours from ECU or have at least 50 percent of the credit hours required by the institution in the Nursing major completed from ECU

Information About the School of Nursing Pre-Entrance Exam 2019 (TEAS) - See links provided below

Application to the School of Nursing
The deadline is 5:00 p.m., September 1, or closest business day. 

Applications to the ECU School of Nursing are accepted one time annually on September 1.  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 one to two semesters of college-level coursework that need to be completed in order for a student to be eligible for admission.

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 the 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

Transferring 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 on the possible need for a “Course Substitution Form.”

Transferring 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