About 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. Former students from all of the health sciences have gained admission into many other professional health programs outside the northeastern Oklahoma region.

Students from RSU’s EMS and Nursing programs 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 paramedics and practical nurses a one-year program to transition to become a registered nurse.

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

The EMS program has an excellent reputation for graduating candidates who can immediately make a difference.


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.
  • RSU EMS program offers a fully functional ambulance in the classroom for emergency medical technician training.
  • 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.”
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Kelsey Ogg
Registered Nurse

“The Nursing program at RSU is tough to get into, and my training was intense. However, it prepared me to work in pediatric care.

There are adrenaline-pumping cases where a patient will come in the door not breathing or with a heart that’s not beating, and you would think that you’re not prepared, but you are. The instructors will keep you on your toes because they want you always to be at your best, and I feel like that readiness has translated into my career.

I achieved my dream of becoming a registered nurse, and I was prepared because of my time at RSU.”