RN-BSN Program Policies

Online Learning

Distance learning is designed to provide 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 integrated persons-spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, socially adept, and professionally competent.

Admissions Requirements:

  • RN License (current)
  • Associates Degree in Nursing or Associates of Applied Science in Nursing
  • 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.
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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 approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing and 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 RN-BSN Program

An applicant 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.

An applicant must have earned an Associates Degree in Nursing or Associates of Applied Science in Nursing.

The degree-granting institution must have been accredited by Higher Learning Commission at the time the courses were taken. The nursing program must have been accredited by a national accrediting agency at the time courses were taken or at the time of graduation or shortly thereafter' if the program were a newly initiated program.

An applicant 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
  • Online Learning Application
  • AVCON Application
  • Copy of RN License
  • Copy of current CPR certification
    (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider)
  • Federal Background Check within 3 months of admission
  • Record of current immunizations & TB skin test

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.

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