APPLYING TO THE NURSING (RN) PROGRAM

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NURSING PROGRAMS
Setting the standard of nursing excellence for our community,
TCC’s Nursing Programs have provided Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma with thousands of excellent nursing professionals. TCC offers nursing career pathways ranging from one to five semesters, including Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), LPN/Paramedic to Associate Degree in Nursing Track, and Traditional Associate Degree in Nursing Track.

APPLYING TO THE NURSING PROGRAM
All potential nursing students must have two (2) applications on file: (1) The application to the College must be on file in the TCC 
Enrollment Services Office; and, (2) The application for the Nursing Program must be submitted to the Nursing Division office, Metro Campus. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. Prospective students interested in the Nursing Program should contact the Nursing Division office for an application and curriculum plan or access the Nursing Division Web page (www.tulsacc.edu/nursing) for more information regarding application to the Traditional Nursing Track and/or the Nursing Career Mobility Track.

The Tulsa Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:
1. A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
2. A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
3. Admission into the United States in refugee status;
4. A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
5. Approved deferred action status; or
6. A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.

The Board has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for a least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6]. Please check with the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for current requirements, since changes may have occurred since printing.

Application Deadline Summary

  Request for Substitutions/
Exceptions Due
Application Due Semester of Enrollment
Traditional Nursing Track First Monday in August First Monday in September Spring/January
Nursing Career Mobility Track:Owasso Campus First Monday in March First Monday in April Fall/August
Nursing Career Mobility Track: Tulsa Campus First Monday in August First Monday in September Spring/January
 

APPLICATION TO TRADITIONAL NURSING TRACK
The Traditional Nursing Track admits a new class each spring. Selected classes are held at both Southeast and Metro Campuses.
Applicants become qualified for admission based on achievement of Nursing Program admission criteria submitted by the application
deadline date. Admission criteria are listed in the Program application. Deadline for submitting the nursing application is the FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER for admission the following spring. All applicants are notified of their admission status, in writing, within approximately 4 weeks of the application deadline date. The admission decision is based on a ranking process (See Traditional Nursing Application Packet). Students who are accepted to the Nursing Program must meet the following program and curriculum prerequisites prior to beginning nursing courses:
1. Earn required minimum scores on the re-admission exams. All accepted to the nursing program that score a 12.9 or below on the Nelson Denny test will be given conditional acceptance into the nursing program and will be required to take the Advanced Reading Workshop for Nursing Student Success at the TCC reading lab prior to the program. If the Nelson Denny score of the student is still below 13.0 after completion of reading remediation the student will be granted provisional admission. (See Traditional Nursing Track application packet for specific information related to nursing pre-admission exams).

2. Complete the following prerequisite semester courses of general education classes with a grade of “C” or higher.
*ENGL 1113 Composition I
*CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
*BIOL 2134 human Anatomy
BIOL 1224 Introduction to Biology for Majors

Students with a declared major of Nursing Applicant may take BIOL 1224 concurrently with BIOL 2134. See Advisement office for
prerequisite waiver.

3. Provide documentation of current CNA or documentation of enrollment and subsequent successful completion of TCC Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program or TCC CNA Program within the past five years. (See Nursing Application Packet for specific details). 
NOTE: *Substitution requests for the CNA certificates requirement are due by the FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST prior to the deadline (Substitution requests should be submitted in a written letter that is included with the formal application to the program. (See Nursing Application Packet).

4. Submit ALL previous official transcripts prior to application deadline. Please remember that it may take several weeks to have your transcripts reviewed.

5. Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above. (Any request for exceptions are due in writing and must be submitted with the formal application by the FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER prior to the deadline).
NOTE: To stay eligible for selection in the application pool your GPA must be maintained. Otherwise, you will become ineligible and your application will be returned.

6. Students must make a minimum of “C” in all courses required in each semester of the degree plan for continued enrollment and graduation in the Nursing Program. See course descriptions for pre- and co- requisite course requirements. A Curriculum Degree Plan Sheet for the Traditional Nursing Track is available in the Nursing Division office.

7. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program one must make application to the Nursing Program, in addition to the College application. To remain in the program, the student must be in “good standing” at TCC.

8. See Traditional Nursing Track application packet for specific requirements related to criminal background check, health record requirements, and CPR certification. Drug screening will be required upon entry to the program.

9. Potential students need to be aware that they may not be approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination if they have:

1) Been arrested/convicted of any offense including a deferred sentence.
2) Been declared judicially incompetent.
3) Ever been convicted of a felony.
4) Ever had disciplinary action taken against another health related license. Those needing other information regarding this topic can obtain a copy of Guidelines for NCLEX Candidates with History of Arrests, Convictions, or Disciplinary Action in the Metro Campus Nursing Division office.

APPLICATION TO NURSING CAREER MOBILITY TRACK
The Nursing Career Mobility Track admits one new class each fall semester at the Owasso Campus and one new class each spring semester at the Tulsa Metro Campus. Applicants become qualified for admission based on achievement of Nursing Program admission criteria submitted by the application deadline date. Admission criteria are listed in the Program application. The deadline for submission of application for the fall semester at the Owasso Campus is the FIRST MONDAY IN APRIL. The deadline for submission of application for the spring semester at the Tulsa Metro Campus is the FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER. All applicants are notified of their admission status, in writing, within twelve (12) weeks of the application deadline date. The admission decision is based on a ranking process (See Traditional Nursing Application Packet). Students who are accepted to the Nursing Program must meet the following program and curriculum prerequisites prior to beginning nursing courses:

1. Earn required minimum scores on the pre-admission exams. All students accepted to the nursing program that score 12.9 or below on the Nelson Denny test will be given conditional acceptance into the nursing program and will be required to take the Advanced Reading Workshop for Nursing Student Success at the TCC reading lab prior to the first semester of the program. If the Nelson Denny score of the student is still below 13.0 after completion of reading remediation the student will be granted provisional admission. (See the Nursing Career Mobility application packet for specific information related to nursing pre-admission exams).

2. Complete the following prerequisite semester courses of general education classes with a grade of “C” or higher.
*ENGL 1113 Composition I
*CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
BIOL 1224 Introduction to Biology for Majors
*BIOL 2134 Human Anatomy
*BIOL 2154 Human Physiology
*ENGL 1213 Composition II

Students with a declared major of Nursing Applicant may take BIOL 1224 concurrently with BIOL 2134. See Advisement office for prerequisite waiver.

3. Provide documentation of current unrestricted licensure as a LPN in the State of Oklahoma, or National Paramedic Registration. 

4. Submit ALL previous official transcripts prior to application deadline. Please remember that it may take several weeks to have your
transcripts reviewed. 

5. NOTE: If LPN school was not NLN-AC/ACEN accredited, provide documentation of the Excelsior Adult Nursing exam #301 with a grade of “C” or better. 

6. Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above. (Any request for exceptions are due in writing and must be submitted with the formal application prior to the deadline, by the FIRST MONDAY IN MARCH for the fall semester and the FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST for the spring semester). 

7. Students must make a minimum of “C” in all courses required in each semester of the curriculum degree plan for continued enrollment and graduation in the Nursing Program. See course descriptions for pre- and co- requisite course requirements. A curriculum degree plan for the Nursing Career Mobility Track is available in the Nursing Division office. 

8. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program one must make application to the Nursing Program, in addition to the College application. To remain in the program, the student must be in “good standing” at TCC.

9. See Nursing Career Mobility application packet for specific requirements related to criminal background check, health record requirements, and CPR certification. Drug screening will be required upon entry to the program. 

10. Potential students need to be aware that they may not be approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-R licensure examination if they have:
1) Been arrested/convicted of any offense including a deferred sentence.
2) Been declared judicially incompetent.
3) Ever been convicted of a felony.
4) Ever had disciplinary action taken against another health related license. Those needing other information regarding this topic can obtain a copy of Guidelines for NCLEX Candidates with History of Arrests, Convictions, or Disciplinary Action in the Metro Campus Nursing Division office.

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