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The Department of Nursing prepares nurses to care for the bio-psychosocial and spiritual needs of clients across the life cycle in a variety of health-care settings.

The opportunities in the field of nursing are endless. The BS degree in nursing prepares graduates to practice at the professional level in a variety of healthcare settings, including the community, industry, government, hospitals, and clinics.

The program in nursing is approved by:
The Alabama Board of Nursing. 

As required by the Alabama Board of Nursing, Oakwood University Nursing Department is informing our current and potential students of the Notice of Continued Deficiency. Our average NCLEX pass rate for the past three years has fallen below the 80% benchmark. Per ABN, program must show substantial progress in achieving 80% or above pass rate by March 2022.



The baccalaureate degree nursing program at Oakwood University Department of Nursing located in Huntsville, Alabama is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause.


View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm


  • Initial Accreditation: March 2005
  • Date of Most Recent Commission Action: September 2020
  • Current Accreditation Status: Accredited
  • Accreditation Stipulations: Good Cause
  • Follow-Up Report – Spring 2022
  • Date of Last Visit: February 13-15, 2018
  • Next Site Visit:  Follow-Up Visit – Spring 2022


  1. Admission by the university. An admission to the university does not guarantee admission to a specific department or program. 
  2. University cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or above on a 4.00 point scale.
  3. ACT composite score of 17 or above, or SAT composite score of 840 or above. Satisfactory completion of developmental courses, identified by low ACT/SAT scores, “C” (2.00) or above.
  4. Demonstrated reading level at 13th grade, as indicated through diagnostic testing on the Nelson Denny Reading Exam.
  5. Earn a grade of B or better in the NU107 Introduction to Professional Nursing course.
  6. No grade less than C in the sciences (biology, chemistry) courses.
  7. Achieve a cumulative score of 75 percent or above on the HESI Admission Assessment Exam.

Students having two failures (C- or less) in the hard sciences (biology, chemistry) or two failures in previous nursing courses are not eligible for admission into the nursing program.



NU107 Introduction to Professional Nursing

This course introduces Biblical and Seventh-day Adventist principles of health and philosophy and conceptual framework of the Oakwood University Department of Nursing.  Taught from a critical thinking perspective, this writing intensive course will also include nursing history and trends, medical terminology, and an introduction to legal and ethical issues in health care and selected test-taking strategies.  Needed for admission to the nursing program.

NU 212 : Pharmacology for Nursing
A study of the principles of pharmacology and the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in drug administration will be emphasized in this course. A survey of the major drug categories will provide a foundation for the specific pharmacological applications in each clinical course. Prerequisites: BI 111 and BI 112, CH 101 and CH 102, 100 level nursing courses, MA 101 or MA 108. Non-nursing majors by permission of instructor.


NU 330 : Pathophysiology
This course is the study of the physiologic changes that occur as a result of disease processes and functions of the body. Alterations, the mechanisms involved, and their manifestations as signs, symptoms, and physical and laboratory findings are examined in order to provide the common bond linking microbiology, chemistry, anatomy, and biochemistry to clinical practice. Prerequisites: BI 111 and BI 112, BI 221, CH 101 and CH 102. Non-nursing majors by permission of instructor.



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I love the spiritual aspect. Our teachers believe in us and make us feel that we can be great nurses”


“I just want to take a moment to thank everyone in the nursing department for the past four years of support, knowledge, skills, and life”.