The University Center of Southern Oklahoma is working on a memorandum of understanding with Langston University, the university whose Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may replace East Central University’s nursing program next year.
Langston University provided a first draft of a memorandum of understanding between the two entities, outlining how the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program would operate, tuition and fees and other details. UCSO Interim President Peggy Maher said the draft is a start, as both institutions will need to review it and suggest changes as needed.
“They gave it to us very quickly, so there’s some things that need tweaking,” Maher said. “It’s not wrong, there’s just small concerns.”
The memorandum mentions collaborating with Mercy Hospital for nursing students’ requisite clinical experiences.
“We have no control of that,” Maher said. “So we need to either change the language or ask Mercy to sign an agreement on that.”
Langston’s nursing program requires clinical experiences with fundamentals in nursing, psychosocial nursing, family nursing, adult health nursing, advanced adult health nursing, nursing leadership and management.
“They have specific types of nursing they want their students to get experience with,” Maher said. “They’ve talked to Mercy, but they want to lock in that Mercy’s going to be able to provide that.”
Maher said Langston’s board of regents will make a final decision at their June meeting.
“They will get approval from their board in the next week or two, then we will officially give our invitation for them to bring their nursing program, then the Board of Regents will have to vote on it,” Maher said.
The memorandum also touches on future plans to bring other Langston bachelor’s and master’s programs to the center by working with Murray State College and Southeastern Oklahoma University to fill gaps in course offerings.