Application and Admission
A student must make formal application to the Nursing Program and make available transcripts and ACT scores by March 1, preceding the Fall Semester he/she plans to enter the Nursing Program. Students may request an application from the NEO Nursing Office by calling (918) 540-6316. Applications are also available on the Nursing Program's webpage.
Prior to admission, all applicants must have completed high school or obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate. Students who have a GED must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of the required general education hours prior to making application to the program and complete an additional history course prior to graduation. Additionally, applicants must have removed academic deficiencies per Department of Nursing policy and completed one of the required biological science courses with a grade of "C" or above.
See Application for other information.
Criminal Background Checks
Upon admission to the Nursing Program, students are required to undergo criminal background and sexual offender checks for Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and any other state in which the student resided since the age of 18 and for all name changes. Federal background checks with fingerprinting are required. Costs for the checks and requests for additional information will be the responsibility of the student. A clincial facility may refuse any student from participating in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to meet clinical requirements, it will result in the student being unable to pass the course and policies for dismissal may apply. Clincial facilities may require students to submit to randon drug testing or upon reasonable suspicion of use/abuse. The cost of drug testing will be the responsiblity of the student. Contact the Office of Nursing at (918) 540-6316 for more information about criminal background checks.
Licensure Criteria from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing
The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write 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. Applicants for practical nurse licensure must also hold a high school diploma or graduate equivalency degree (G.E.D.) [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6]. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to reside 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 in person, valid documentary evidence of:
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 charges. An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at 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]. (per the Information for Bulletins and Catalogs of Nursing Education Programs).
Oklahoma Board of Nursing contact information:
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106-5437
(405) 962-1800 www.state.ok.us/nursing