Oklahoma City Schools Offering Degrees in Healthcare
Healthcare is a broad field of study, and there are numerous options available for students searching for healthcare degrees in Oklahoma City. This article looks at three schools that are all within 25 minutes of the city center and at some of the many healthcare degree programs they offer. Because prospective students need to consider a variety of information when choosing a school, this article also contains a table of pertinent facts, such as school size, tuition and percentage of enrollees who graduate on time. This information can help individuals decide which school would be their best choice. At the end of the article is a list of three other area schools that offer healthcare degree programs.
- Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City, a 4-year public school just three miles from downtown, offers a wide variety of healthcare options. This article looks at its associate's degree programs in cardiovascular technology, nursing and a bachelor's degree in dietetics.
- The University of Central Oklahoma, a 4-year public school about 15 miles from Oklahoma City's downtown, has the largest student population of all three schools. Its bachelor's programs in community/public health, nursing and kinesiology are examined here.
- Only two miles from downtown Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has the most varied selection of colleges dedicated to health services, including nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and medicine. Currently, the university does not accept first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students. Profiled in this article are its bachelor's and master's programs in nursing, and its master's program in orthodontics.
Comparison of Schools
The following table provides information about these three schools that could be useful to students who are deciding where to enroll.
|Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City||University of Central Oklahoma||University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||5,839*||15,979*||3,139*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2017-2018||$3,836 in-state; $10,574 out-of-state*||$7,100 in-state; $17,447 out-of-state*||$7,153 in-state; $22,534 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||76%*||83%*||42% receiving grants or scholarships (all undergrads)*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||76%*||N/A - Does not admit first-time degree/certificate-seeking students*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||N/A*||64% for full-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011)||7% (30% transfer-out rate)*||38% (32% transfer-out rate)*||N/A|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City offers several associate's degree programs within the Health Sciences Division. Students can choose from day and evening courses. While enrolled in the associate's degree programs, students have the opportunity to participate in clinical practicums.
Associate in Applied Science in Cardiovascular Sonography
Students are admitted to this program based on a point system, and the program accepts a single class every academic year. This program utilizes both classroom learning and hands-on experiences at local health agencies. Students have the opportunity to receive specialized training in cardiovascular ultrasound and are able to use 3D live ultrasound machines. Once students have completed the associate's degree program, they are prepared to take national certification exams.
Associate in Applied Science in Nurse Science
Graduates of the nursing science program can take the national licensure exam to become registered nurses. The nursing program admits two classes each academic year, and applicants must have a 2.5 GPA in college courses in order to enroll in the program. Courses in the 4-semester program include nutrition, human anatomy, nursing concepts and care, human physiology and microbiology. Students can apply for numerous scholarships specifically for the nurse science program.
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics
Students in the dietetics program will take 121 credit hours of coursework. Topics include introductory biology and psychology, elementary statistics, human nutrition, metabolism, community nutrition, biochemistry and physiology. A 2.5 minimum overall GPA will be required for this degree.
University of Central Oklahoma
Healthcare programs at this school are available through the College of Education and Professional Studies, which has around 4,800 students participating in health, education and psychology programs. In addition to degrees, the university also offers various certification programs, an exercise club and a kinesiology and health sciences symposium.
Bachelor of Science in Community/Public Health
To earn this degree, students take courses in epidemiology, environmental health, human development and aging. An internship is also included. Students have the chance to participate in community service, publishing, research and scholarly activities. Once they've earned their bachelor's degrees, graduates can become patient advocates, health administrators and environmental specialists.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Students in the nursing program are accepted during the fall and spring and begin clinical courses during their sophomore year. Typically, the program has 120 graduates each year.
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
The kinesiology and health studies department offers exercise/fitness management and outdoor and community recreation majors. The nationally accredited exercise/fitness management program includes computer science, chemistry and physical education courses. Students in the community recreation program are exposed to public, private and commercial learning opportunities.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers a variety of colleges and degree programs dedicated to healthcare, including allied health sciences, rehabilitation sciences, pediatrics and pharmaceutical sciences. Degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels and are intended to help students become health service practitioners, research scientists and educators.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Aside from a traditional bachelor's degree program, the University of Oklahoma also offers an accelerated bachelor's degree, a doctoral degree and a Ph.D. program. The traditional bachelor's degree program is available at three campuses throughout the state. Before enrolling in the first year of the program, students are required to complete 67 hours of prerequisite coursework. Due to the program's heavy workload, it isn't recommended that students attempt to hold down a job while earning their degree.
Master of Science in Orthodontics
The master's degree program seeks to teach students about dentofacial discrepancies and treatment modalities. The program teaches students through a combination of patient treatment, seminars, didactic instruction and research. Students may have the chance to attend lectures or complete courses presented by leading professionals in the field of orthodontics.
Ph.D. in Nursing
This Ph.D. program is available in an online format. Students can also complete the degree in a part-time program of study. Admission requirements include a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, GRE scores and three letters of recommendation. Topics in the curriculum cover areas like ethics in research and scholarship, epistemology in nursing science, applied statistics and dissertation research.
Other School Options
Healthcare degree programs are also available at Redlands Community College, which is located roughly 29 miles from downtown Oklahoma City; at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, located about 46 miles from downtown Oklahoma City; and at Oklahoma Christian University, which is 13 miles from downtown Oklahoma City.