We've organized a comprehensive list of Oklahoma nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Oklahoma city.

Healthcare is one of the top industries in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The metropolitan area, which is home to more than 69,000 people, houses top healthcare employers like Muskogee Regional Medical Center, Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, and Saint Francis Hospital. Together, these hospitals and medical centers employ more than 2,000 healthcare professionals. The city’s three most common nursing roles are registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA).

The nursing community in Lawton, Oklahoma, consists of nearly 900 registered nurses (RNs), 500 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 400 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Though these are the most common nursing roles in this southwestern Oklahoma city, dozens of nurses here also work in advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) roles like nurse practitioner and certified registered nurse anesthetist.

A master of science in nursing (MSN) is a graduate degree that enables nurses to further their careers in advanced fields like nursing administration, nursing education, and family practice nursing. The MSN degree is a prerequisite for registered nurses (RNs) to assume specialized roles with higher earning potential, like nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist. For example, Oklahoma’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $57,000. By comparison, the state’s nurse practitioners earn $81,000 per year, and its nurse anesthetists receive $165,000 in annual compensation.

An RN-to-BSN program enables an existing registered nurse (RN) with an associate’s degree to rapidly attain a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Oklahoma’s RN-to-BSN programs have experienced a surge in demand, as healthcare employers demonstrate a preference for BSN-educated nurses in their hiring and promotion decisions. Oklahoma is home to well over a dozen RN-to-BSN programs. We highlight below three of the state’s top programs.

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma’s nursing schools are experiencing increased demand for their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs. This is driven by employer preference: the state’s healthcare providers increasingly favor BSN-educated nurses in their hiring and promotion decisions. While Oklahoma’s registered nurses (RNs) earn an attractive median salary of $56,870, those with BSN degrees frequently earn top-quartile pay of $67,460 or more.

In Oklahoma, most associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) programs focus on licensure for aspiring registered nurses (RNs). However, a handful of associate’s degree programs offered by Platt College prepare candidates to work as licensed practical nurses (LPNs). In either case, the associate’s degree requires just two years of fulltime study, much briefer than traditional four-year degree programs. Oklahoma’s registered nurses can look forward to an attractive median income of almost $57,000 upon graduation. We highlight below a few of the top ADN programs in the state.

Registered nurses (RNs) are the critical cogwheel in the healthcare system, serving as a liaison between medical staff, more junior nurses, and the patient. Oklahoma has two types of prelicensure RN programs: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The state’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $56,870. Below we’ve profiled three of Oklahoma’s top RN programs in depth.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) holds many responsibilities in assisting sick, injured, and elderly patients. LPNs usually work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN). The LPN role is especially attractive to students who wish to enter the workforce quickly, since most candidates pursue a brief 12- to 18-month certificate. The lengthier option to pursue a two-year associate’s degree is also available in Oklahoma. The state’s LPNs earn a median annual salary of $36,900. We profile below several of the top LPN programs in Oklahoma.