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9th Annual Oklahoma RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Oklahoma and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 18 ADN degree programs and 13 BSN degree programs in Oklahoma. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Oklahoma to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

RN Programs in Oklahoma

Best ADN Programs in Oklahoma

#1 Associate Degree in Nursing

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

School of Nursing

96.91% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2201 Silver Lake Rd, Bartlesville, OK - 74006-6299
  • (918) 333-6151
Nurse Admin: Jessica L. Johnson, DNR RN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.91%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 32
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $900
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $12,833
  • Percent Admitted: 83%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 9%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  OWU is a Christian university where students interject Christian education into their studies. They offer a traditional BSN program on-campus, as well as an RN to BSN program that can be completed on-campus or online.

#2 Associate Degree in Nursing

Oklahoma City Community College

95.20% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 7777 S May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK - 73159-9987
  • (405) 682-1611
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.20%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 133
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,059
  • Book and Supplies: $1,600
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,633
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 15%

One of the best in the state, Oklahoma City Community College’s nursing program has been producing exceptionally talented nursing graduates for a long time. The college ranks among the nation’s and state’s best in terms of NCLEX pass rate, degree completion rate, and graduate employment rate.

The rigorous nursing course here is exceptionally hard to get into and helps shape nursing students into competent healthcare providers and leaders in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. The education here is hands-on as the faculty believes that nursing as a profession demands students to be as much practically competent as they are theoretically advanced. One of the main facilities that provide hands-on education are high-tech simulation labs and nursing laboratories. The labs allow students to get introduced to and practice the nursing skills, concepts, and technologies so that they are ready to use that knowledge in their clinical rotations. The several low-to-high-fidelity simulators allow them to replicate clinical situations where they can practice their skills in a safe and supportive learning environment. As a result of such simulations and clinical practices, the graduates are highly sought-after by employers and almost 100% of them find a job within 6 months of graduation.

Undergraduate Programs: Oklahoma City Community College offers a traditional Associate in Applied Science program that allows students to take their NCLEX-RN examinations and begin a career in healthcare. There is also a bachelor's to ADN accelerated nurse pathway for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a different field but want to start their career in nursing.

The college also offers a Career Ladder Pathway for LPNs and Paramedics that allow them to earn their RN status. The Career Ladder Pathway recognizes the previous educational experiences of LPMs and paramedics and allows the credits earned in this program to be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

#3 Associate Degree in Nursing

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Health Services Division

89.35% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 900 N Portland, Oklahoma City, OK - 73107-6195
  • (405) 947-4421
Nurse Admin: Tracy Edwards, MS, RN, CNE
Title: Department Head
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.35%
  • Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursingg, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 81
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,070
  • Book and Supplies: $1,440
  • Percent Received Aid: 69%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,828
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Nursing degree at Oklahoma State University enables students to become qualified healthcare professionals who can succeed in a global society and life-long learning. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in highly-respected positions in healthcare facilities across the globe. 

At Oklahoma State University, nursing students learn in state-of-the-art classrooms which are manned by highly trained and qualified faculty. They then move on to high-fidelity simulation labs where they practice their skills to perfection in a safe and controlled environment that allows them to not only practice their clinical skills but also learn the basics of other clinical competencies such as team-work, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students also participate in supervised clinical experience at affiliating healthcare agencies where they put their skills into practice while caring for real patients. These experiences allow them to develop compassion, provide holistic care for both patients and their families, and work under direct supervision of experienced healthcare professionals before moving on to becoming professionals themselves.

Undergraduate Programs: The ADN degree is available via traditional and transition pathways. The traditional pathway is for students who have just been introduced to healthcare as well as for students who choose to change careers from other specialties to healthcare.

Similarly, the transition pathway exists for LPN and Paramedics who want to pursue a career in nursing and want to earn their RN license.

#4 Associate Degree in Nursing

Rose State College

88.65% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 6420 S E 15th, Midwest City, OK - 73110-2799
  • (405) 733-7673
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.65%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 121
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,754
  • Book and Supplies: $1,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 79%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,525
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 15%

Rose State College provides a nursing education that facilitates the growth of nursing students to professionals who practice with integrity, accountability, excellence, passion, and a commitment to continued improvement. The nursing course is focused at serving the needs of a diverse community that the nursing professionals will be required to care for.

Rose State College offers a plethora of learning resources to help students unlock their true potential. The college houses a well-equipped, relaxing Learning Resource Center (LRC) that allows students to work individually or with friends. The LRC also features other facilities like a diverse library along with an open computer lab, academic testing that administers tests at the request of instructors, a tutoring center that provides tutoring services for almost all courses, an eLearning hub, as well as an academic outreach center. Along with the LRC, nursing students also benefit from the high-fidelity simulation labs that offer them a safe and controlled environment to practice their clinical skills and knowledge before moving on to real patients in real healthcare centers. 

Undergraduate Programs: The AAS in Nursing program at Rose State College is also called the Beginning Track Program and it is available to all eligible students. Furthermore, LPNs and Paramedics who wish to get their RN license can also choose this program or they can choose the Career Ladder Program which allows them to transfer their credit hours between programs. The four-semester AAS in Nursing program is delivered via Traditional day-time classes, Evening/Weekend classes, or via a Hybrid/Online medium, so that students can complete their degree as per their time availability and other engagements

#5 Associate Degree in Nursing

Okla. State Institute-Okmulgee

87.72% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1801 E 4th St, Okmulgee, OK - 74447-3901
  • 9182934678
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.72%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty:
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#6 Associate Degree in Nursing

Connors State College

86.88% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 700 College Road, Warner, OK - 74469
  • (918) 463-2931
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.88%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 46
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,704
  • Book and Supplies: $1,800
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,769
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 26%

#7 Associate Degree in Nursing

Murray State College

86.24% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • One Murray Campus, Tishomingo, OK - 73460
  • (580) 387-7000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.24%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 54
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,630
  • Book and Supplies: $2,400
  • Percent Received Aid: 93%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,668
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 29%

Murray State College is located at Tishomingo, Oklahoma and is one of the most highly ranked nursing colleges in the state. This public institution offers affordable and accessible nursing education that prepares students to become qualified healthcare providers in the modern healthcare scenario.

At Murray State College, students are paired with academic advisors who provide them guidance throughout their academic careers by helping them set graduation goals, decide career paths, and track the progression of classes. College life here is also built in a way that allows students to form a network among themselves and enhance their leadership capabilities by joining various student organizations that are involved in different activities on and off campus. At the same time, the students receive excellent classroom instructions from celebrated faculty members who also guide them on their clinical rotations in multiple local healthcare facilities where students learn to put their skills and knowledge to test before beginning their career as nurses. The graduates of Murray State College are highly sought out by employers with many graduates joining general and surgical hospitals, clinics, home healthcare, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities shortly after graduation.

Undergraduate Programs: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing prepares students for a career in nursing and healthcare while also enabling them to continue their study. Many graduates choose to either start working in the healthcare facility of their choice or move on to further advance their career by joining RN-BSN programs, or NP courses, or even MSN and DNP courses.

Best BSN Programs in Oklahoma

#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

School of Nursing

97.53% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2201 Silver Lake Rd, Bartlesville, OK - 74006-6299
  • (918) 333-6151
Nurse Admin: Jessica L. Johnson, DNR RN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.53%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 32
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $900
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $12,833
  • Percent Admitted: 83%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 9%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

#2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Northwestern Okla. State University-Alva

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

92.59% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd, Alva, OK - 73717-2799
  • (580) 327-1700
Nurse Admin: Leslie Collins, DNP, MS, RN
Title: Chair of the Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.59%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 83
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,280
  • Book and Supplies: $1,600
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,953
  • Percent Admitted: 70%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%

#3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Oklahoma Baptist University

College of Nursing

88.19% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 500 W University, Shawnee, OK - 74804
  • (405) 275-2850
Nurse Admin: Stephanie Parkerr, EdD7 MSN, RN
Title: Chair and Associate Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.19%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 99
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,300
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $22,195
  • Percent Admitted: 58%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 22%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%

#4 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond

Department of Nursing

87.46% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 100 N University Dr, Edmond, OK - 73034
  • (405) 974-2000
Nurse Admin: Leann Laubach, PhD, MSN, RN
Title: Chairperson
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.46%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 557
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,030
  • Book and Supplies: $1,600
  • Percent Received Aid: 89%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,727
  • Percent Admitted: 80%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 48%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

About RN Programs in Oklahoma

  • There are 35 nursing schools in Oklahoma. The CCNE accredits 11 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 23 schools in Oklahoma.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in Oklahoma is between 56.54% and 96.91%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in Oklahoma is between 57.95% and 97.53%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Oklahoma can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

The new healthcare reform has prompted the Oklahoma Nursing Association to join the objective of sending nurses back to school. A recent discussion at the ONA House of Delegates focused on the vital impact that nurses have throughout hospitals. The hospital-centered education of the ADN can no longer support the role the registered nurse has in the community and preventative health and nursing research.

It is because of this that there is a push for all registered nurses to obtain a BSN within ten years of initial graduation and practice. Nursing schools have responded by introducing many RN and BSN programs in Oklahoma, which make earning a bachelor’s degree realistic and achievabls have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Overall, Oklahoma offers 35 nursing schools with 3 private schools and 24 public schools.

Oklahoma has 26 cities offering nursing schools including Ada, Altus, Alva, Bartlesville, Bethany, Claremore, Edmond, El Reno, Goodwell, Langston, Miami, Midwest City, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Poteau, Shawnee, Tahlequah, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tulsa, Warner and Wilburton

 

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Number of Degree Types Offered by Oklahoma Nursing Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 34
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • CNL: 1
  • Nursing Administration: 1
  • Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing: 1
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 1

Number of Degree Types Offered by Each Oklahoma Nursing School

Options for earning your nursing degree in Oklahoma have never been more flexible. Oklahoma nursing schools have become adept at offering effective alternatives for you to earn your nursing degree, no matter your life situation or schedule. You will find 3 different paths to earn your nursing degree in Oklahoma including Campus, Online and Hybrid.

Oklahoma RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 18 18
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 83.32% 81.94%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 56.54% to 96.91% 57.95% to 97.53%

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Become an APRN in Oklahoma

RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

Learn about Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.

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Oklahoma State Board of Nursing
2915 N. Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 962-1800

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