Tulsa Nursing Schools
Prospective nursing students in Tulsa have multiple school options, including three within a 15-minute drive of the city center. This article covers the required coursework for these colleges' programs, includes a table of school stats and provides information on additional nursing institutions in the area.
- The University of Tulsa offers a bachelor's degree program in nursing and is located about six miles from downtown.
- Tulsa Community College offers a nursing associate's degree at its Metro Campus located in downtown Tulsa as well as at its Southeast Campus located about 13 miles south of downtown.
- Although the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is headquartered in Oklahoma City, OUHSC offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing at the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa's Schusterman Center. The campus is about seven miles from central Tulsa.
Comparison of Schools
Take time to compare the costs, enrollment numbers, graduation rates and more for the profiled schools. These factors and others are displayed in the following table and could help you narrow down your choices for where to pursue training in nursing.
|University of Tulsa||Tulsa Community College||University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center|
|School Type||4-year, private non-profit||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2016-2017)||4,433*||16,897*||3,139*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$41,509*||$3,221 in-state; $8,237 out-of-state*||$7,153 in-state; $22,534 out-of-state*|
|% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017)||89%*||64%*||42%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016-2017)||39%*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||88% for full-time students*||61% for full-time students*||N/A|
|Graduation Rate||69% (Students began in 2011)*||15% (Students began in 2014)*||N/A|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa is located near downtown Tulsa and offers nursing students a nursing laboratory for practice assessments and simulations.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Students enter this Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program during their sophomore year. Nursing courses include nursing science, pharmacology, nursing interventions and trends in nursing. All students must complete the core and general curriculum in addition to nursing courses. The bachelor's degree in nursing consists of 125 credit hours and qualifies students for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa Community College is the largest 2-year college in Oklahoma. This school offers an associate's degree in nursing and certificate programs for aspiring certified nurse aides and patient care technicians. Although TCC has an open-admissions policy, prospective nursing students must meet additional admission criteria.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Students applying to this full-time associate's degree in nursing (ADN) program must complete a semester of prerequisite courses, including biology, chemistry, psychology and composition. Four more semesters of specialized nursing courses are required to complete the program. TCC also offers an advanced placement ADN program for current licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and paramedics who want to become nurses. Paramedics and LPNs complete prerequisites before taking a bridge course.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center includes all of the University of Oklahoma colleges related to healthcare, including the College of Nursing. The Tulsa campus of OUHSC offers nursing programs for new students and for licensed nurses seeking a bachelor's or master's degree.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The traditional-entry BSN program offered at this school requires students to have completed 67 credit hours of prerequisite courses before beginning two years of nursing courses. Clinical courses are held on campus, and theory classes can be completed online or on campus.
Master of Science in Nursing
OUHSC offers master's programs in nursing at its Tulsa campus for students with an undergraduate degree in nursing. Students select a program focus in administration/management, clinical nurse specialist, education or family nurse practitioner. Courses are determined by the track chosen.
Nursing programs are also available eight miles south of downtown Tulsa at Oral Roberts University, 30 miles north of downtown at Rogers State University and about 40 miles south of downtown at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee. Additionally, Oklahoma Wesleyan University offers nursing programs at its main campus in Bartlesville, which is about 42 miles from Tulsa, and at its Tulsa campus, which is about 11 miles from downtown.