Distance learning

ADN to BSN program policies

Distance learning provides flexible quality academic programs that accommodate adult learners who seek to better equip themselves educationally but find it impossible to leave their homes, jobs, and ministries to relocate.

Mission Statement: Making an ORU education available in every person’s world

Vision Statement: Recognizing that learning is an on-going, lifelong process, distance learning enables adults to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree through an accredited, non-residential program. The purpose of the program is to train adult learners who seek the realization of truth and achievement of their potential life capacity and who desire to become globally integrated persons-spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, socially adept, and professionally competent.

Admissions Requirements: Each applicant should complete an application form and submit all post-secondary transcripts as well as an official high school transcript. Each applicant also needs to submit a signed Honor Code Pledge. Official transcripts from institutions attended outside of Oral Roberts University must be forwarded to the ORU distance learning representative. (More information is available at http://www.oruonline.com)

Among the 121 credits required for the BSN, the majority are transferable. Most students will have fewer than 50 credits to earn toward the BSN degree.

All policies stated in the current ORU Academic Catalog apply unless otherwise stated.

Anna Vaughn College of Nursing

Anna Vaughn College of Nursing (AVCON) offers a generic residential Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and a RN to BSN track for distance learning students. AVCON is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Oklahoma Board of Nursing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530 Washington, D.C. 20036-1120 (202) 887-6791

Admission to ADN-BSN Program

All applicants must be currently licensed as a R.N. in the state(s) in which he or she will achieve objectives related to nursing courses and be continuously licensed throughout the period of study.

All applicants must have earned an associate degree in nursing or the equivalent from a school of nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The degree-granting institution must hold accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation at the time of awarding the degree.  An applicant who earned an associate degree in nursing from a non-accredited nursing program and/or institution, must present a composite ACT score of no less than 21 and a math sub-score no less than 18.

All applicants must present documentation of having achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses as well as a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Required Documents:

  • Official transcripts
  • Distance Learning Application
  • AVCON Application
  • Copy of current RN License. Applicant must maintain currency of licensure throughout the period of enrollment in the RN-BSN program
  • Copy of current CPR certification (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider)
  • Federal Background Check completed within 3 months of program
  • Record of current immunizations & TB skin test

 International Students: 
International students seeking admission to the ADN-BSN program must submit a Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report. This report provides a detailed analysis of the credentials earned at multiple levels of nursing education received outside the United States. It includes a statement of comparability of a healthcare worker's education when assessed against U.S standards. 

Access the CES Professional Report application on the CGFNS International website (https://www.cgfns.org/). CGFNS International is an immigration neutral nonprofit organization that helps foreign educated healthcare professionals live and work in their country of choice by assessing and validating their academics and professional credentials. 

Required Documents:

  • Distance Learning Application
  • CES Professional Report that validates current licensure as a Registered Nurse

Progression, Retention, Dismissal

Once admitted to the program, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA with no grade below “C” in nursing courses. A student who fails to achieve a minimum grade of “C” in a nursing course may, with faculty permission, repeat the course the next time it is offered. Repeating a course will delay the students’ progress. A student who fails to achieve a minimum grade of “C” in a second nursing course will be ineligible to continue in the nursing program.

Each course syllabus specifies the methods for evaluating a student’s achievement of course objectives.

General Education Requirements

Pre-requisite Courses

Nursing Courses

Upper Level Nursing Courses

Transfer Courses



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