Nursing (RN), A.A.S.

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About the Program

  • TCC's Nursing Program sets the standard for nursing excellence in our community.
  • We offer two nursing tracks: Career Mobility (LPN/Paramedic to RN) Track and Traditional (RN) Track.
  • Our Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by ACEN and approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
  • We challenge students in an environment that supports personal and professional growth and lifelong learning.
  • Five core values of our Nursing Program: Caring, Diversity, Collegiality, Integrity, and Excellence.
  • Nursing education at TCC is a dynamic, collaborative process where responsibility for outcomes is shared between faculty and students.
  • Our program follows a concept-based delivery method and competency-based assessment.
  • Seven essential program outcomes for entry-level nursing practice include Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork, Best Practices, Quality Improvement, Safety, Informatics, and Integrated Concepts.
  • General education courses and nursing courses together prepare graduates to meet professional nursing requirements.
  • Successful graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree and can take the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • All Nursing students must have access to a specific laptop computer for testing and coursework needs.

Program Details

In TCC's Nursing Program, we deliver top-quality education for individuals aspiring to become nurses. Whether you choose the Traditional Track or the Career Mobility Track, you'll learn to provide compassionate care and make a real impact.

Explore the program details to get started on your nursing journey.

After successfully completing this program, you will have the ability to:

  • Patient-Centered Care: Coordinates compassionate care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration: Functions effectively within nursing and interprofessional teams.
  • Best Practices: Incorporates the best evidence with clinical experience in the delivery of healthcare.
  • Quality Improvement: Incorporates research from QI studies for improved patient care.
  • Safety: Incorporates safety standards to minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers.
  • Nursing Informatics: Incorporates information and technology for the improvement of patient care.
  • Integrates concepts from nursing and other academic disciplines for effective patient care.

Ready to join? Check out our program requirements and start your journey to becoming a nurse.

Degree Requirements

TCC's RN Nursing Program offers two tracks: the Traditional Track for incoming students without a nursing background and the Career Mobility Track for certified medical professionals.

Applying to this program is a separate process. It's competitive due to limited spots. You need to apply to TCC before applying to the nursing program. For spring admission, apply between May 1 and September 15. For fall admission, the application period is January 1 to April 1. If you're interested in the Career Mobility Track for the summer, apply between January 1 and March 1.

Traditional Track

The Traditional Track is meant for those who are new to nursing. It accepts new students every spring and fall semester. To join, you need to take certain prerequisite courses and have a current Oklahoma Nurse Aide certification (CNA). Once you finish the required prerequisites, this track is designed to be completed in four semesters.

The Traditional Track spans five semesters, incorporating the prerequisite semester. TCC accepts 80 students each fall and spring semester for the traditional Registered Nurse track.

Admissions Criteria for Traditional Track

To be eligible for the Traditional Track, complete all prerequisite semester courses (or approved substitutes) with a minimum grade of "C." Provide a current copy of one of the following certifications (only one is needed to apply):

  • Current Oklahoma CNA certification.
  • Current Oklahoma AUA Certification card.
  • Proof of successful completion of an Oklahoma Patient Care Technician (PCT) course within the last two years.
  • Documentation proving successful completion of a “Foundations” or "Fundamentals" nursing course from an ACEN accredited nursing program within the last two years.
  • Hospital-based Nurse Tech (training & employment verification required.)

Career Mobility Track

The Career Mobility Track is designed for current medical professionals with certifications as Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Paramedics. After completing the prerequisite courses, you can finish this track in three semesters. Classes for the Career Mobility Track are available on Fridays/Saturdays in spring, Wednesdays/Thursdays in fall, and Fridays/Saturdays in summer.

The Career Mobility Track spans five semesters, including the prerequisite semesters.

Admissions Criteria for Career Mobility Track

To be eligible for the Career Mobility Track, complete all prerequisite semester courses (or approved substitutes) with a minimum grade of "C." Hold a current, unrestricted license as an LPN in Oklahoma or have National Paramedic Registration.

The schedule for the cohorts is as follows:

  • Spring cohort meets on Fridays/Saturdays.
    Fall cohort meets on Wednesdays/Thursdays.

Plan your path to success in nursing with our program map. Discover the steps to your future career.

Traditional Track Program Map

Career Mobility Track Program Map

The applicant pool for the Nursing Program is very competitive. An application does not mean acceptance to the Nursing program.

Admissions applications will be accepted Jan. 1 – April 1 for Fall and May 1 – Sept. 1 for Spring.

All application correspondence from the Nursing Program will be through your TCC email.

  1. Apply for Admission at TCC.
  2. Review the Traditional Track Information Sheet and/or the Career Mobility (LPN/Paramedic to RN) Track Info Sheet.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts for evaluation; a 2.5 overall GPA required.
  4. Contact a TCC Academic Advisor.
  5. Attend the Nursing Smart Start Orientation.
  6. Review the Traditional Track Estimated Cost and/or the Career Mobility Track Estimate Cost.
  7. Required Oklahoma unrestricted licensure or certification, ie. CNA, LPN, or Paramedic Registration (more information provided on the information sheets listed in #2 )
  8. Complete the ATI/TEAS test. Review the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Information & Instructions.
    You may still apply to the program, even if you do not meet the minimum recommended TEAS score, however, if accepted, you may be accepted on a provisional basis.
  9. Meet with a Health Sciences Advisor to complete the Traditional Track Application Checklist and/or the Career Mobility Application Checklist.
  10. Review the Ranking Criteria for Admissions
  11. Apply for Admission to the Nursing Program.
  12. All applicants will be notified in writing of their admissions status within four weeks of the application deadline. Admission into the program is limited based on various factors including clinical availability and faculty workload, among other factors. Alternates will be placed on a list and notified but email if space in the program becomes available.

Needs Upon Acceptance into the Nursing Program

  • Current CPR card - Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider issued by the American Heart Association (AHA).
  • Completed Health Record with required documentation of annual TB and Flu shot or declination, and evidence of immunity to Varicella or chickenpox, Tdap, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B or declination, and COVID-19 vaccine or approved medical or religious declination.
  • Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check, including but not limited to a 7-year county of residence and nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening.

Previous RN Nursing Program Application Deadline information

Students must submit a completed application 1 month prior to the application deadline to be considered by the Nursing Student Affairs Committee if they previously attended an RN nursing program at TCC or elsewhere. Your application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Attach official transcripts from the RN school with your online Nursing application as well as a letter in which you address any grade of "W", "D", or "F" you received for any Nursing courses.

TCC's curriculum is tailored to fulfill pre-education requirements for licensure/certification in Oklahoma. While designed for state licensure exams, students considering other states should review relevant professional licensure disclosures and consult with the respective licensing board. State boards determine eligibility for licensure based on current rules when applying.

Explore our Professional Licensure Disclosures for comprehensive details on licensing requirements and certifications. Your informed career journey starts here.

NCLEX Pass RateTCC Pass RateState Pass RateNational Pass Rate
January - December 202280.84%78.67%79.91%
January - December 202174.15%83.63%82.48%
January – December 202074.43%85.31%86.58%
Traditional Track
Completion Rates
Cohort100% ACEN Reporting Guidelines200% OBN Reporting Guidelines
Spring 202166.20%pending
Fall 202068.85%86.44%
Spring 202082.67%94.59%
Spring 201981.69%87.77%
Career Mobility Track
Completion Rates
Cohort100% ACEN Reporting Guidelines200% OBN Reporting Guidelines
Fall 202164%pending
Spring 202177.78%96.15%
Fall 202078.57%92.59%

The Program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Completion of our associate degree qualifies graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Accredited

The associate degree nursing program at Tulsa Community College at the Metro Campus located in Tulsa, Oklahoma is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

Program Contact

Program Director
Lisa Gerow

Nursing Program

School of Health Sciences
TCC Metro Campus
909 S. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74119

Admission to the Program
TCC Nursing Student in Lab

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