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Top College in Tulsa for Registered Nurse Programs

Tulsa, OK, has few schools with registered nursing programs. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

There are about seven options in the Tulsa, OK, area for nursing education. To work as a registered nurse (RN) in Oklahoma, a candidate must complete a state-approved registered nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). All three of the following schools have state-approved programs. Based on rankings, graduation rates and program offerings, the top three schools in Tulsa to offer registered nursing programs are:

  • Winner: University of Tulsa awarded more than 20 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degrees in 2011-2012 and had an overall graduation rate of 68%.
  • Runner-Up #1: Oral Roberts University awarded more than 35 B.S.N.s that year and had an overall graduation rate of 56%.
  • Runner-Up #2: Tulsa Community College had a graduation rate of 12% and awarded more than 160 associate degrees in registered nursing in 2011-2012.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Tulsa Oral Roberts University Tulsa Community College
Ranking(s) 86th for 2014 Best Colleges Nationwide* 54th for 2014 Regional Universities (West)* N/A
Location Tulsa, OK Tulsa, OK Tulsa, OK
School Type 4-year, private not-for-private 4-year, private not-for-private 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $33,095 (undergraduate)// $18,890 (graduate)** $21,576 (undergraduate)** $2,546 (in-state)// $6,886 (out-of-state)**
Registered Nursing Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's degree Associate degree
Registered Nursing Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 22** 37** 162**
Most Popular Registered Nursing Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor's in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (22 awarded)** Bachelor's in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (37 awarded)** Associate in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (162 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 66% for 2006 Entering Class** 51% for 2006 Entering Class (18% transfer-out rate)** 12% for 2009 Entering Class (14% transfer-out rate)
Noteworthy School of Nursing has on-campus 11-bed skills laboratory.
Students practice on iStan, a wireless, battery- operated patient simulator.
Summer internships at remote missions clinic are available. 15% of nursing faculty were TCC nursing students.

Sources: *2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: University of Tulsa

  • TU students have won various national scholarships and fellowships.
  • TU has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, according to NCES.
  • Graduates had an NCLEX-RN pass rate of 100% in 2012, according to Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

The University of Tulsa's School of Nursing began operating in 1973 and has since graduated more than 1,400 nurses. Students are required to have at least a 'C' average on all prerequisite courses, such as biology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and developmental psychology; they must have proper immunizations before beginning core coursework. The B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program contains classroom lectures, laboratory hours and clinical experiences. Some core courses include an overview of nursing, nursing science, nursing intervention, nursing trends and pharmacology.

Clinical experiences, which begin during the spring of the sophomore year, take place in local Tulsa hospitals that have bed capacities of 100-500 patients. Students completing the nursing skills lab have access to a simulated clinical environment that allows them to practice nursing procedures in a safe and instructive manner. Study abroad nursing courses, such as International Nursing and Technology, are available to TU nursing students. Graduates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and become registered nurses in the state of Oklahoma.

Runner-Up #1: Oral Roberts University

  • Graduates had an NCLEX-RN pass rate of 94.44% in 2012, according to Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
  • Student-faculty ratio of 15:1.
  • Nursing is one of the top five majors at ORU.

Oral Roberts University, a private Christian university, offers a B.S.N. program through the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing. One track is a 4-year program aimed at students interested in becoming RNS, while the second track, the ADN-BSN (Associate Degree in Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing) is for LPNs (licensed practical nurses) who want to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing and become RNs. Both programs require completion of prerequisite, general education and professional nursing courses. The ADN-BSN program is an online program that can be completed in three semesters. Students can transfer 90 of the required 131 credits into the ADN-BSN program; general education and prerequisite courses must be completed before students start the upper-level nursing courses. In addition to coursework, nursing students also complete clinical education.

Runner-Up #2: Tulsa Community College

  • With 158 candidates, the NCLEX-RN pass rate was 91.14 in 2012, according to Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
  • TCC offers 'Nurse George', an online learning center for nursing students.
  • Nursing faculty consists of 40 full-time members who hold master's degrees in nursing, as well as 20-30 adjunct faculty.

Oklahoma's largest community college, Tulsa Community College has more degree earners than any community college in the state. Since its start in 1971, the nursing program at TCC has graduated more than 3,000 nursing students. TCC offers a traditional, full-time ADN program that takes five semesters to complete. In addition to traditional admission requirements, applicants must be CNAs (certified nursing assistants) or equivalent. They must also take a Nelson Denny test, pass a criminal background check and complete prerequisite courses with at least a 'C'. TCC also offers an advanced placement program for individuals who are already LPNs or paramedics. Students enrolled in the advanced placement program can complete their nursing courses in 2-3 semesters. Nursing students complete classroom assignments, lab studies in the nursing simulation lab and clinical work at various medical sites throughout Tulsa.

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