Girl smilingAbout the Department

The Department of Health Sciences at Rogers State University has seen its students placed in a wide variety of professional health careers and programs in Oklahoma and beyond.

Students have gained admission into many other professional health programs outside the northeastern Oklahoma region.

Students have obtained employment in the private health care industry in laboratory research, diagnostics, pharmaceutical sales, secondary education and have also gained acceptance into graduate schools in biomedical sciences.

Why Choose Health Sciences at RSU?

A degree in Nursing leads students to registered nurse licensure and incorporates classroom, lab, and clinical learning experiences. RSU offers licensed practical nurses a one-year program to transition to become a registered nurse.

The RN-to-BSN degree program prepares registered nurses for leadership roles in medical centers, home health care, and community health centers.

Fast Facts

  • In 2016, RSU nursing students earned a 96% pass rate for the NCLEX national certification, including a 100% pass rate for the Bartlesville nursing program. The state average was 86% while the national average was 85%.
  • Nursing faculty bring a collective total of more than 130 years of experience in the field to the classroom.
  • The Health Sciences department offers several lab environments to give students skillful training for residential environments, hospital beds, isolated acute care, and high fidelity simulation.
  • RSU’s health sciences programs are some of the most rigorous in the region, producing graduates that are in high demand.


Kathy SimsKathy Sims
Assistant Professor of Nursing

“Nursing is not just about what you do with your hands; it’s also what you do with your brain that impacts patient care. Skills are important, but critical thinking and intellectual ability are just as much a part of the job. That’s why one of the things I love best about teaching in the Department of Health Sciences is seeing our graduates practicing as registered nurses. The pride I feel when I see a graduate succeed, knowing that I played a part in their education, is the one of the best feelings in the world.” More About Ms. Sims

Kelsey Ogg
Registered Nurse