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A common myth is that you have to select a major in the sciences as a Pre-Med or Pre-Vet student or in the liberal arts as a Pre-Law student; however, this is not true.
Majors provide the foundation for your future career, reflect your interests, and demonstrate your capabilities on a subject. However, no specific major grants acceptance or automatically makes you more competitive in your future professional application.
We recommend you choose a major based on your academic interests rather than one that you think looks good to professional schools. Choose a major that you are passionate about, whether it is a major in Liberal Arts, Business, Education, Agriculture, Engineering, Human Sciences, or something else entirely.
If your long term plans include work in a particular field, consider an undergraduate major in a related area to develop a foundational knowledge of the field that may be supplemented and enhanced by your professional education.
Not necessarily. Some majors may include pre-health prerequisites or related coursework within the degree plan requirements. However, your options are not limited to majors whose name includes Pre-Med, Pre-Health, Pre-Vet or Pre-Law. We encourage you to research and reflect upon the entire body of knowledge within a major to ensure you will be engaged and grow into an active, in-depth learner.
Preparing for professional school is like running a marathon, not a sprint. In the long-term your academic passion, ability to maturely develop and apply knowledge, regardless of major are qualities emphasized by professional schools. Statistical evidence demonstrates there is no clear advantage of one major over another to professional schools.
Oklahoma State University in Stillwater currently does not have a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN-RN) program.
However, we do have a RN to BSN program, designed for working RN’s with associate degrees who desire to enrich and expand their professional nursing career. The RN to BSN program is evidence-based, 100% online and often supports opportunities for roles in leadership at any level in hospital and long-term care practice for working RN’s and may mean job security within the profession. For more information: https://education.okstate.edu/bsn
If you intend to apply for a professional Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN Traditional program (meaning you are not currently an RN), OSU offers most of the prerequisites and requirements to holistically prepare for accredited professional nursing programs.
However, due to the competitiveness of professional nursing BSN-RN Traditional programs, we encourage you to consider selecting an OSU major as a “back-up plan” which you truly would consider if you are not accepted or that you could use to further grow into a highly qualified nursing applicant during your time at OSU.
We are vested in helping BSN-RN traditional students at OSU to plan for the most appropriate application cycle when they are holistically prepared to apply.
Note - OSU students may opt to complete OSU's certificate in pre-nursing which is designed to assist students as they complete their prerequisite coursework. This a stand alone certificate, not a bachelor's degree or minor. Completion of the certificate, alone, will not make a student more competitive for your particular nursing program of choice.
OSU Pre-Nursing Certificate Contact Information: https://cas.okstate.edu/majors/pre-nursing
OSU provides highly qualified students who are holistically prepared to apply for medical or dental school the opportunity to apply for the OSU Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC) Interview and Letter of Evaluation process. For full information, eligibility and workshop information: OSU PAC 2020 Application Cycle/2021 Program Entry