The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Nursing will host an open house for those interested in pursuing a nursing degree from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Coyner Health Sciences Building, Room 128, on Central’s campus.
During the come-and-go event, department faculty and an academic advisor will be available to answer questions and discuss the process of working toward a degree in nursing, including information regarding support courses and the application process for the spring. No registration is necessary to attend the open house.
UCO’s nursing department offers programs for individuals who are obtaining their first degree and beyond. New this academic year, registered nurses with associate degrees are eligible to apply for an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s plan, which awards both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees with nine less credit hours than needed to obtain the two degrees separately. Registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree also are eligible for entry into the Master of Science degree program.
Central nursing alumna Meryl Ugalde entered the nursing master’s program after working a year in an operating room.
“Not once did I regret going back to school for my Master’s of Science in nursing,” Ugalde said.
Since graduation, Ugalde earned the opportunity to increase her income by using the knowledge she gained in management and education. She now serves as an adjunct instructor in UCO’s undergraduate nursing program, while keeping her full-time career, serving as interim manager of an otolaryngology division’s operating room.
The application deadline for fall entry to the master’s degree nursing progam is April 1. Applications received after that time will be considered on a space-available basis.
The application deadline for students interested in the registered nurse to Bachelor of Science and the registered nurse to Master of Science programs is March 31.
For more information about the nursing program, visit or call (405) 974-5000.