Oklahoma City University (OCU) is reaching for the “stars” in Comanche County who have a heart for caring for people, science and the resolve to be called “nurse.”
The satellite nursing program of the Kramer School of Nursing, which started in Duncan, will soon include the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton starting with the fall semester in August.
According to a press release, the program in Comanche County will work jointly with the one at Duncan Regional Hospital (DRH), including similar incentives for students where they can qualify for tuition waivers if they contract to work at Comanche County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) after graduation.
Classes will be held three days per week in the Learning Center at DRH, and clinical rotations will take place two days per week at CCMH.
Lois Salmeron, dean of OCU’s Kramer School of Nursing, said the expanded program is a significant step for improving nursing education in southwest Oklahoma.
“This is a win-win for those who desire to become a nurse and are not able to leave the community to do so. It is a win-win for rural health,” Salmeron said.
DRH and OCU started the first joint program of its kind in 2016, which allows qualified students to complete their nursing degrees in two years.
“The program is intended to address an ongoing need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in hospitals that serve rural communities,” said the release.
OCU faculty reside in the Duncan area to teach classes and labs. The program also utilizes an innovative Polycom Communications online platform so that students in Duncan can participate and interact with classes in Oklahoma City in real time.
An OCU admissions counselor will be at Comanche County Memorial Hospital each Tuesday in May from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide program details and enrollment information.
The Kramer School of Nursing consistently exceeds state and national averages on the RN licensure exam. The school boasts several alumni who are practicing in every major health field. For more information, visit the program’s page on the school’s website at okcu.edu/nursing.