Anna Vaughn College of Nursing

kenda k. jezek, ph.d., dean


The mission of the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing is to prepare professionally competent graduates--whole in spirit, mind, and body--who go into every person’s world to address physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health of individuals, families, communities, and populations through the ministry of nursing.


Lenore Butay


B.S., Grinnell College, 1975; B.S.N., Creighton University, 1978; M.S., University of Oklahoma, 1999

Patricia Ann Catts

Assistant Professor

B.S.N., Oral Roberts University, 1980; M.S.N., University of Pittsburg, 1984; Ph.D., Texas Women’s University, 2002

Laurie Doerner

Assistant Professor

B.S.N., Oral Roberts University, 1979; M.S.N., 1987

Kenda K. Jezek

Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing

B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University, 1967; M.S., University of Oklahoma, 1978; Ph.D., University of Texas, 1993

Rebecca S. Poore

Assistant Professor

B.S., Olivet Nazarene University, 1977; B.S., Northeastern State University, 1989; M.S., Graceland University, 2006

JoeAnn Robinson


B.S.N., Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 2008; M.S.N., Kaplan University, 2011

Cheryl Swanson

Assistant Professor

B.S.N., Oral Roberts University, 1987; M.S., University of Oklahoma, 2007; Ph.D., University of Texas, 2012

Audrey Thompson

Associate Professor

B.S.N., University of Oklahoma, 1989; M.S.N., Oral Roberts University, 1994; Ph.D., Texas Women’s University, 2010

Corie Van Arsdale


B.S.N., Oral Roberts University, 1990; B.S.N., Bethel College, 2011




The Anna Vaughn College of Nursing (AVCON) offers a generic baccalaureate program for persons initiating entry to the nursing profession and an ADN-BSN professional progression program for those persons already licensed as registered nurses who are seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Overall program goals include preparation of a graduate who demonstrates excellence in nursing practice based on current theory and research; has acquired the basic competencies for ongoing education, formal or informal; and is prepared to successfully write the RN-NCLEX exam for licensure as a registered nurse. Exploratory students who are interested in nursing should seek advisement within the College of Nursing.

Students with a nursing degree from the AVCON will find that there are great opportunities such as high job availability and career advancement. The AVCON educational experience thoroughly prepares the student for graduate courses if the student so desires.


Curriculum Objectives

Upon completion of the BSN curriculum, the graduate will be able to do the following:


  1. Synthesize knowledge of liberal arts, sciences, theories, and concepts to provide safe, evidence-based, and professional nursing.
  2. Assume responsibility for the delivery of direct, delegated, and wholistic nursing care across the life span of diverse individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  3. Utilize evidence-based practice and nursing standards to prevent illness and to promote, maintain, and restore health in a variety of settings.
  4. Implement a professional, culturally appropriate communication style in the delivery of patient care, education, and collaboration with the health care team.
  5. Apply current knowledge of health care policy and use of resources in the plan and delivery of safe, fiscally responsible nursing care.
  6. Utilize information technology in communication, quality improvement, and research in the delivery and management of health care.
  7. Integrate Christian principles, respect of the individual, ethical behavior, evidence-based practice, cultural awareness, and collaboration into professional nursing practice.
  8. Develop a personal leadership style that fosters his or her quest for wholeness through ongoing personal and professional development.\


Requirements and Policies

The ORU AVCON Student Handbook contains a complete list of the College of Nursing policies.



Prior to admission to the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing (AVCON), an applicant first applies for admission to the University. A student may apply online or download an application at the Undergraduate Admissions site at http://www. A student may also request an application packet from the Admissions Office (918.495.6518). The Admissions Office processes the application and sends it to the College of Nursing for review

Applicants who desire to enroll as freshmen must present official evidence of the following:

• Minimum 21 composite ACT score or

• Minimum 1000 SAT score (verbal and mathematics combined) and

• Minimum 550 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if English is not the applicant’s first language. Sometimes students who speak two or more languages or dialects claim English as their first language. These students are required to present a TOEFL score.

 Applicants who desire to transfer to the ORU College of Nursing must meet the following criteria:

• Minimum 21 composite ACT score or

• Minimum 1000 SAT score (verbal and mathematics combined) and

• History of rigorous academic achievement evidenced by the following: minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite science courses with no course repeated more than one time; a minimum 3.0 GPA in nursing courses with no course repeated more than one time and having repeated no more than two nursing courses; and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.


General Transfer Guidelines

Academic credits are transferred in accordance with university guidelines:

• Official transcripts must arrive in the Registrar’s Office for transfer evaluation.

• Transfer evaluations must be finalized prior to admission to nursing courses.

• The nursing faculty evaluates the transferability of nursing courses. Credit is most likely to be accepted for health assessment, pathophysiology, or pharmacology courses.

• Transfer of nursing credits is rare. However, transfer decisions are based on the faculty and dean’s assessments of equivalency of courses with AVCON courses.

• Transfer students must enter the nursing program by the fall of the sophomore course sequence. NUR 230 Pathophysiology and NUR 300 Health Assessment are offered only in the fall semester, sophomore year. Students must successfully complete these courses prior to admission to NUR 202 Foundations of Nursing, offered in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Therefore, a transfer student requires a minimum of six semesters over three academic years to complete the BSN degree.

• Transfer students may enroll in general education or prerequisite courses in any semester those courses are available. However, students begin the sequence of nursing courses in a fall semester.

• Transfer students must pass the TEAS exams prior to admission to sophomore-level nursing courses. Contact Ms. Sandi Myers (918.495.6017) to confirm a testing appointment.

• Students desiring to transfer to ORU should make an appointment to meet with the Dean of the College of Nursing or an academic advisor (918.495.6198).


Continuation in the Program

Once admitted to the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing (AVCON), an academic advisor will assist the student to project a plan of study, including but not limited to choosing appropriate courses for the imminent semester and setting a target graduation date. A student who fails to meet with an academic advisor within the College of Nursing risks delayed progression in completing the BSN degree.

• Students enrolled in the nursing program must comply with the standards and regulations of the University, AVCON, and associated clinical and community agencies.

• Continuation as a student of ORU is not automatic. Basic academic, spiritual, and physical requirements must be satisfied.

• Students in the nursing sequence (NUR 200 and beyond) must maintain a 2.5 GPA--courses prerequisite to the major, nursing courses, and all courses combined (cumulative).

• If, at the end of a semester, any one of a student’s GPAs is less than 2.5, the student is placed on academic probation.

• The student must restore his or her GPA(s) to the minimum 2.5 by the end of the following semester in order to progress in the program.

• A student may repeat a nursing course to raise the GPA only by permission of the College of Nursing Dean.

• A student may repeat no more than two nursing courses to raise the GPA.

• A student may repeat a prerequisite course only one time in order to achieve a grade of “C” or better.

• A “D” and/or a “WF” in a nursing course counts as failing grade.

• A student who fails any nursing course must petition to repeat the course. The petition is submitted to the Dean of the College of Nursing, who makes the decision in conjunction with the AVCON Faculty Senate.

• A student who fails nursing courses in two semesters, regardless of successfully repeating the first failure, will be dismissed from the nursing program.


Student Responsibilities

It is the student’s responsibility to keep informed of the policies of the College of Nursing. Students are responsible for the following:

• Read the academic catalog.

• Read the AVCON Student Handbook.

• Read all course syllabi.

• Meet with the academic advisor at least once each semester.

• Seek clarification from the Dean and/or faculty as needed.


Progression through the Nursing Program

Once an applicant is accepted to the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing, students must meet certain requirements in order to progress in the program.

• Students who have not completed a high school or college-level biology course with a grade of “C” or better must enroll in BIO 111 prior to enrolling in anatomy and physiology or microbiology.

• Freshmen and transfer students must pass the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exams in order to progress to sophomore-level nursing courses. The TEAS exams evaluate the student’s abilities in reading, English, math, and science. Deadlines for passing the TEAS are July 15 for nursing classes offered in the fall semester and November 15 for nursing classes offered in the spring semester.

• Students must pass ATI Content Mastery Exams as scheduled throughout the curriculum.

• Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA cumulative, prerequisite science courses, and nursing courses.

• Students must pass semi-annual dosage calculation exams.


Progression to NUR 202 Foundations of Nursing

During the fall semester prior to enrollment in NUR 202 the following spring semester, a student must complete an Application for Admission to NUR 202. The AVCON Committee for Admission, Progression, and Graduation review the candidate’s qualifications for admission to this first clinical nursing course. Acceptance to NUR 202 is contingent on documentation of the following:

• Passing NUR 200, NUR 230, and NUR 300 with no grade below “C.”

• Documentation of immunizations current to standards and contractual clinical agreements.

• Documentation of tuberculin skin test results or current chest x-ray as required or physician’s note.

• A physician’s statement of good health within two months prior to enrollment in NUR 202.

• Documentation of current CPR training (American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for Health Care Professionals).


Progression to Upper-Division Nursing Courses

Admission to upper-division nursing courses is based on the student’s satisfactory achievement in the following areas:

• General Education Requirements--Students must complete the general requirements specified in the nursing degree plan for the freshman and sophomore years prior to admission to upper-division nursing courses. The sequence of general education courses may require modification for transfer students. Changes in sequence must be approved by the faculty advisor and/or dean.

• Courses Prerequisite to the Major--Students must complete courses designated on the degree plan as prerequisite to nursing with a minimum 2.5 GPA and with no grade below a “C.” A student may not repeat a prerequisite course more than once.


Course Load

The average course load in the bachelor of science in nursing program is 17 credit hours each semester. Students may reduce the number of credit hours of non-nursing courses required during the regular academic year by taking courses during summer sessions or online. Students must have the college dean’s permission to enroll in summer online courses prior to the senior year.

Students who are athletes take a five-year degree plan that assures NCAA rules are followed.

The general policy for incompletes is discussed in the Academic Information section of this catalog. Nursing courses must be completed before students can continue the nursing sequence.


Background Checks

All clinical agencies require that nursing students undergo criminal background checks. Therefore, criminal background checks are conducted on all nursing students upon admission to the first clinical nursing course. Findings are filed with the university Office of Risk Management and confidentiality maintained. No student is denied admission based on findings of the background check. However, a student needs to be aware that he or she may be denied participation in clinical learning experiences at some clinical agencies, precluding the student’s achievement of course objectives essential to program completion.


Background Checks for NCLEX-RN Candidates

All candidates for licensure in Oklahoma must provide fingerprint images to be used for the purpose of permitting a state and national criminal history records search through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and FBI. The criminal history records search must be conducted through the Board’s vendor, L-1 (Morpho Trust, within 90 days of receipt of the application in the Board office. The results of the search are provided directly to the Board office by the OSBI usually within one to two weeks. Procedures for changing, correcting, or updating OSBI and/or FBI results are set forth in Title 28, C.F.R., 16.34 and can be furnished as needed.

Candidates for licensure in states other than Oklahoma may be required to submit fingerprint images. Students need to carefully read the instructions on the State Board application where they plan to be licensed.


Drug Screens

 Clinical agencies require drug screening for students participating in clinical experiences. Therefore, each student must undergo a 10-panel drug screen prior to admission to NUR 202 Foundations of Nursing, the first clinical nursing course. A student who is de-enrolled must take another drug screen prior to readmission to clinical nursing courses.



The cost of undergraduate education includes tuition, room and board, and general fees—all of which are covered in the “Tuition and General Fees” section of this catalog. A lab fee of $185 for students in NUR 110 and $425 for students in NUR 202, 305, 308, 406, and 430 covers background checks, drug screenings, sim lab supplies, malpractice insurance, and ATI testing fees. Additional expenses include books, supplies, uniforms, immunizations, annual CPR training, travel to and from clinicals, and personal expenses. Other costs specific to the nursing program are delineated in the annual ORU College of Nursing student handbook.


NCLEX-RN Examination and Licensure for Eligibility in Oklahoma

The Oral Roberts University Anna Vaughn College of Nursing is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to reside in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present, in person, valid documentary evidence of the following:


  1. A valid, unexpired immigrant or non-immigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
  2. A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
  3. Admission into the United States in refugee status;
  4. A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
  5. Approved deferred action status; or
  6. A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.

The Board has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony charges. An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6].

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

Oklahoma Board of Nursing

2915 N. Classen Blvd., Suite 524

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

(405) 962-1800


Clubs and Organizations

Students Nurses Association. The Oklahoma National Student Nurses Association supports and furthers the nursing students education.

Honor Society. Mu Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, an international honor society for nursing students, exists to (1) recognize superior achievement, (2) recognize the development of leadership qualities, (3) foster high professional standards, (4) encourage creative work, and (5) strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

Eligibility for membership is based upon outstanding scholastic achievement, superior professional accomplishments, and personal and professional commitment to excellence in nursing education, practice, and research.


Awards and Scholarships

Outstanding Nursing Student. Each year the nursing college honors a student who exemplifies outstanding qualities.

Outstanding Senior Paper. Each year the nursing college recognizes a senior student who exemplifies excellence in scholarship as evidenced by the student’s senior paper.

Scholarships. Scholarships are available for nursing majors. Students should contact the College of Nursing at extension 918.495.6198 for further information.


Nursing Major (NUR) Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing students who satisfactorily complete the four-year sequence of courses earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Oral Roberts University. General education courses assist students in developing as unique individuals—body, mind, and spirit. The degree plan consists of three elements: a liberal arts/general education core (56 credit hours); prerequisite courses required for the major (25 credit hours, including 11 hours from the liberal arts core); and professional nursing courses (62 credit hours).

General Education
 Prerequisite Courses for Nursing
 Professional Nursing Courses
Departmental Courses 

Introduction to Whole Person Education (GEN 150) - 1

English (COMP 102, 303) - 6 

Oral Communication (COM 101) - 3

Biblical Literature (BLIT 110,120) - 6

Theology (THE 103)  - 3

Chemistry (CHE 101 Lecture and Lab) - 4

Microbiology (BIO 212 Lecture and Lab) - 4

Psychology (PSY 201) - 3

Mathematics (MAT 232) - 3

American History (HIS 101) - 3

American Government (GOV 101) - 3

Humanities - 12                                 

(HUM 103 plus three of the  following: HUM 222*, 233*, 244*, 333*, 250, 255, 260, 270, COMP 101)

Health and Physical Education - 5

(one course per full-time semester at ORU, including HPE 00I and 002, swimming course or proficiency, and activity courses)


General Education Total - 56

*At least one course must be chosen from list courses marked with asterisks.

Chemistry (CHE 101 Lecture and Lab) (listed in general education)

Principles of Microbiology (BIO 212 Lecture and Lab (listed in general education)

Introduction to Psychology (PSY 201) (listed in general education)

Developmental Psychology (PSY 301) - 3

Nutrition (NUT 201) - 3

Human Anatomy and Physiology - 8 (PHS 223 and PHS 224 Lectures and Labs)


Prerequisites Total -14


NUR 110 Called to Care: Theory - 1

NUR 111 Called to Care: Medical Terminology - 1

NUR 112 Called to Care: Dosage Calculation - 1

NUR 202 Foundations of Nursing - 5

NUR 230 Pathophysiology I - 3

NUR 300 Health Assessment I - 3

NUR 301 Pharmacotherapeutics I - 3

NUR 304 Community Mental Health Nursing - 4

NUR 305 Patterns of Health and Illness I: - 4

NUR 306 Patterns of Health and Illness II: Families and Children - 3

NUR 308 Patterns of Health and Illness II: Adults - 4

NUR 400 Patterns of Health and Illness III - 4

NUR 403 Patterns of Community Health - 4

NUR 405 Patterns of Leadership - 6

NUR 406 Patterns of Health and Illness IV - 6

NUR 430 Patterns of Childbearing - 4

NUR 477 NCLEX-RN Review - 2

NUR 498 Research/Senior Paper I** - 2

NUR 499 Research/Senior Paper II** - 2


Professional Nusring Courses Total -62


Degree Total -132

**May be replaced with the honors equivalents.

Course descriptions for the courses listed below are at the end of this catalog. Course descriptions are alphabetical by the prefix.

NUR 110 Called to Care: Theory

NUR 111 Called to Care: Medical Terminology

NUR 112 Called to Care: Dosage Calculation

NUR 202 Foundations of Nursing

NUR 230 Pathophysiology I

NUR 300 Health Assessment I

NUR 301 Pharmacotherapeutics I

NUR 304 Patterns of Community Mental Health


NUR 305 Patterns of Health and Illness I

NUR 306 Patterns of Health and Illness II: Children and Families

NUR 308 Patterns of Health and Illness II: Adults

NUR 400 Patterns of Health and Illness III

NUR 403 Patterns of Community Health Nursing

NUR 405 Patterns of Leadership

NUR 406 Patterns of Health and Illness IV

NUR 430 Patterns of Childbearing

NUR 440 Pathophysiology II

NUR 450 Health Assessment II

NUR 460 Pharmacotherapeutics II

NUR 477 NCLEX-RN Review

NUR 478 Nursing Missions

NUR 479 Special Topics

NUR 498 Research/Senior Paper I

NUR 499 Research/Senior Paper II

NUR 999 Elective