Pre-Nursing

Pre-Nursing

Pre-Nursing students learn the foundations of healthcare, earn certifications, and prepare for possible other career opportunities.

Note: As we continue to monitor and adjust our schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee immediate placement into a program for adult students. There is a waitlist for those who are not immediately placed.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is exploding. Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any other occupational group.

This high growth rate is driven by development of new technology and treatment modalities, aging of the population, increased healthcare spending, and the need to replace healthcare workers who retire or leave their jobs for other reasons. Growing demand for qualified healthcare workers means excellent employment opportunities for a wide variety of people. Most health support occupations require less than four years of college and many employers offer competitive wage and benefit packages including insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours to allow for continued education.

Employment Opportunities

Hospitals and Long-Term Care facilities, Healthcare Provider Offices

About this Occupation

Earn certifications and start your career while you continue your training!

Learn from Experienced Instructors

Barbie Deevers

Pre-Nursing instructor

Barbie Deevers teaches Pre-Nursing/Clinicals at the Reno Campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and a Master of Science in Nursing at Oklahoma City University. Barbie previously worked as Assistant Director of Nursing at the Clinton Hospital in Clinton, Oklahoma, and as an adjunct faculty member at SWOSU.

Jennifer Sullivan Ferree

Pre-Nursing instructor

Jennifer Sullivan-Ferree teaches Pre-Nursing at the Reno campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish at the University of Oklahoma. Jennifer also had the opportunity to study in Spain at the Universidad de Alcala. She has been a nurse for 11 years in the NICU setting, as well as Home Health for babies through geriatric populations.

Beth Freeland

Pre-Nursing instructor

Beth Freeland teaches Pre-Nursing in the Health Sciences Center (HSC) at the Rockwell campus. Beth previously worked as an evening instructor in the HSC, as a Practical Nursing instructor at Canadian Valley Technology Center, and has experience as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and the Operating Room. Beth also previously owned and operated a marketing and sales business.

Kristin Graham

BSMA instructor

Kristin Graham teaches Careers in Healthcare and Biosciences in the Health Sciences Center at Edmond Santa Fe High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond. Kristin previously worked as a science instructor at Metro Technology Center in Oklahoma City, and as a science teacher at Midwest City High School.

Sue Kerr

Pre-Nursing instructor

Sue Kerr teaches Pre-Nursing in the Health Sciences at the Rockwell campus. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and a Master of Science in Nursing Education at Walden University. Sue previously worked at the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in Butner, NC, as a Commissioned Nurse Officer at The Federal Bureau of Prisons, and in the neurology/orthopedic unit at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Laura Lambert

Pre-Nursing instructor

Laura Lambert teaches Pre-Nursing at the Reno campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Laura previously worked as a Registered Nurse at Integris Deaconess Hospital, and as an Adjunct Health Instructor at Moore Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City.

Nicole Meek

Pre-Nursing instructor

Nicole Meek teaches Pre-Nursing at the Danforth campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Northwestern Oklahoma University in Alva, Oklahoma. Nicole previously worked s a Health Careers Instructor at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw, Oklahoma, and as a registered nurse at INTEGRIS Health Edmond in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Amber Pagel

Pre-Nursing instructor

Amber Pagel teaches Advanced Health Sciences in the Pre-Nursing program at the Rockwell campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. Amber previously worked as a Registered Nurse Case Manager at Global Health Insurance in Oklahoma City, and as a Registered Nurse in Acute Dialysis at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Amy Warner

Pre-Nursing instructor

Amy Warner teaches Pre-Nursing in the Health Sciences Center at the Rockwell campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University/OSU – Veterinary. Amy previously worked as a Biomedical Sciences Instructor at Canadian Valley Technology Center, and as a Sciences Instructor at Yukon Public Schools, both in Yukon, Oklahoma.