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Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree offers a hands-on learning approach to prepare students for entry-level nursing roles. Through rigorous training, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and embark on a meaningful nursing career.

To accommodate diverse student needs, OSUIT offers two pathways to becoming a registered nurse within the associate degree in Nursing program—the traditional RN track for those without previous clinical experience and the transitional LPN to RN track for licensed practical nurses.

Associate Degree in Nursing Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the associate degree in Nursing (ADN) program and NCLEX-RN exam, you are able to work as a registered nurse with the following competencies:

  • Provide compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patients’ preferences, values, and needs
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care
  • Integrate current evidence with clinical expertise to provide quality health care to patients
  • Identify errors and potential risks in the care processes through strong data analytic skills
  • Communicate related medical information effectively with team members, patients, and their families
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Why Earn Your Associate Degree in Nursing from OSUIT?

Real-World Nursing Education

There is no better place to become an RN than OSUIT. OSUIT’s associate degree in Nursing program provides hands-on learning environments and state-of-the-art classrooms and lab spaces. Our nursing labs feature advanced simulation mannequins—enabling practice for a wide range of nursing procedures.

Affordable RN Program

OSUIT’s associate degree in Nursing program offers annual tuition at as low as $6,700—about half the in-state tuition of most state universities. You could also transfer eligible college credits or industry experience to accelerate your graduation and save thousands on tuition. In addition, OSUIT provides various financial aid options to help you afford your education. Learn more about our Cost & Aid.

Expert Faculty

The faculty members of the nursing program at OSUIT are experts in health care with profound real-world experience in nursing. Studying under our renowned faculty, you can learn the current nursing best practices to provide quality patient care.


OSUIT’s associate degree in Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. You can be confident that our program equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue your nursing career as a registered nurse.


ADN Program Curriculum

The associate degree in Nursing program curriculum includes a total of 72 credit hours of study. Students are required to complete 33 credit hours of general education and 39 credit hours of nursing required courses. Full-time nursing students can complete the Associate in Nursing program in one to two years. However, the length of the program may vary based on previous education. You may transfer up to 57 previously earned credits to expedite your graduation.

Required Nursing Courses (Traditional RN Track)

  • NURS 1128 - Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS 1229 - Nursing Care of Families
  • NURS 1322 - Nursing Dosage Calculation
  • NURS 2129 - Nursing Care of Adults I
  • NURS 2229 - Nursing Care of Adults II
  • NURS 2222 - Nursing Capstone Seminar

LPN to RN Track

For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who want to obtain their RN license, our ADN program offers an LPN to RN Transition Track. LPN to RN students can receive 16 credits upon successful completion of the LPN - RN transition course, which can substitute for the NURS 1128 Foundations of Nursing, NURS 1322 Nursing Dosage Calculation, and NURS 1229 Nursing Care of Families.

For more information, review the detailed associate degree in Nursing curriculum.

Registered Nurses Career Outlook

By completing the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing program, you are well prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam. After passing the exam, you are eligible for numerous employment opportunities as a registered nurse. As an RN, you are accountable to think critically, collaborate with and advocate for patients, and participate in the improvement of healthcare systems. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses’ national median annual salary is $75,330, and the employment of registered nurses will increase 7% through 2029. You may pursue job opportunities in hospitals, physician’s offices, community clinics, and schools—all with excellent salary potential.

Admission Requirements

If you are interested in applying to our associate degree in Nursing program, please submit a completed OSUIT Application for Admission and OSUIT Registered Nursing Application for Admission

Application Periods:

  • Summer 2024 Entry (LPN-RN): February 1 to March 31, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Entry (Traditional): February 1 to March 31, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Entry: July 15 to August 31, 2024

Students applying to the ADN program are selected on the basis of a point system. Review our advisement information for more details.

Apply to OSUIT’s Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Degree

Earn your associate degree in Nursing at OSUIT and become a registered nurse! Nearly 100% of our nursing students can find employment as RNs in health care facilities within 12 months of graduation. 

Apply today or contact our enrollment advisors at 918-293-5337, or submit a request information form to learn more about our program!

About Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Founded in 1946, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is a recognized leader in applied technology education and is known for world-class teaching facilities, partnerships with industry and a nearly 100 percent career placement rate.

OSUIT programs of study are approved by the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency. OSUIT, a public state-supported institution, has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975.