Qualified applicants to the Kiamichi Tech PN Program must:
The Kiamichi Tech Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN). Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for practical nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status [59 O.S. §§567.5 & 567.6]. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:
The Oklahoma Board of Nursing has the authority to deny a license, recognition or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or administrative penalty; or to issue and otherwise discipline a license, recognition or certificate to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on any professional or occupational license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. Potential applicants to state-approved education programs, with a criminal history of felony conviction, may obtain a determination of eligibility for licensure or certification from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for a fee. The determination of eligibility for licensure petition can be accessed at http://nursing.ok.gov/initialdeterm.pdf. (Updated November 12, 2019).
Kiamichi Technology Centers (Kiamichi Tech) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or genetic information with respect to its programs or any aspect of its operations. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries concerning application of Kiamichi Tech’s non-discrimination policies: Jay R. Warren, Title IX Coordinator, 1004 Highway 2 North, Wilburton, OK 74578. (918) 465-2323.
Program candidates must provide proof of a secondary education received in the United States. Proof of secondary education includes a high school transcript with overall GPA and date of graduation noted, a transcript of GED scores, or a transcript of HiSET scores.
HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES
Applicants who received their high school education outside of the United States must submit official documentation that their high school education and subsequent graduation is equivalent to that of a high school education in the United States. The documentation must be included with the PN Application. You may obtain documentation by one of the following methods:
a) Take the GED exam and include the transcript of scores (not certificate or diploma) with your application prior to the application deadline. You may find information about GED testing at their official website, www.GED.com.
b) Request a review/evaluation of your academic records from an official agency that specializes in validating academic credentials of persons educated outside of the United States. You may contact the World Education Services at www.wes.org. WES is only one of several agencies that can assist you. You may find other reputable agencies on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or NACES website at www.NACES.org. Once the evaluation is complete, provide proof/documentation with your application prior to the application deadline.
c) If you have completed a minimum of 30 college hours from an accredited/approved higher education institution within the state of Oklahoma, you may be eligible to petition the Oklahoma State Department of Education to be awarded high school equivalency. For more information, contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education at 1(800) 405-0355 or 1(405) 521-3301. Proof of high school equivalency must be included with your application prior to the application deadline.
The applicant is responsible for any cost that may be incurred. Preparation for a GED exam and/or evaluation of academic records can be a lengthy process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide one of the above forms of documentation with their application prior to the application deadline.
Placement or pre-entrance testing is a requirement of the Kiamichi Tech PN Program. Each application year, specific testing details are posted during the first week of January. Applicants must provide test scores from qualifying ACT exams and/or qualifying Next-Generation Accuplacer exams. International applicants must also provide score results from a TOEFL test. General details follow.
PRE-ENTRANCE EXAMS / TESTING
All applicants to the Kiamichi Tech PN Program must provide pre-entrance exam test-scores with their application. Exams accepted include the (1) ACT National Exam or ACT Residual Exam (Reading or Science Reasoning and Math scores) and the (2) Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Exam (Reading, Arithmetic, and Quantitative Reasoning/Algebra/Statistics scores). We do not accept scores from other versions of the ACCUPLACER exam, the HESI exam, the TSI, TSIA, TSIA 2.0, or TSIA2 exam, or any other exam not listed. Post-secondary degrees or certificates do not substitute for placement exam requirements. The exam offered at all Kiamichi Tech Campus locations is the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER exam. Contact your local Kiamichi Tech Campus to register.
Keep in mind:
• When using Next-Generation ACCUPLACER scores for Math test-score requirements, you must take both the Arithmetic exam and the Quantitative Reasoning/Algebra/Statistics (QAS) exam.
• You may combine exams to satisfy score requirements (example: using an ACT Reading score along with ACCUPLACER Arithmetic and ACCUPLACER QAS scores).
• You may test at locations other than Kiamichi Tech, but exam "versions" must match (ACCUPLACER scores must be from the "Next-Generation" ACCUPLACER exams and ACT scores must be from the National or Residual exams).
• We do not offer remote-testing vouchers; if these test versions are not available in your area, you may have to drive to a local Kiamichi Tech campus to test.
• ACCUPLACER exams may be repeated an unlimited number of times; however, exam dates MUST BE 14-CALENDAR DAYS APART. Seating for repeat-testing is limited; first-time testers receive priority-seating.
• ACCUPLACER exam dates may not be more than two years beyond January 1 of any given Application period. For example: an ACCUPLACER test date of January 2020 would be accepted for the 2022 Application period; a test date of December 2019 would not be accepted.
• ACT exam dates may not be more than five years beyond January 1 of any given Application period. For example: an ACT test date of January 2017 would be accepted for the 2022 Application period; a test date of December 2016 would not be accepted.
Click HERE to see a PDF of the Kiamichi Tech PN Exam Criteria with Points.
Interested in taking Accuplacer Practice Tests and/or seeing testing resources that Accuplacer provides free-of-charge? Click here: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer/practice (you may have to copy/paste the link to your URL to proceed).
TOEFL TESTING AND THE ENGLISH-PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
All International applicants (regardless of U.S. Citizenship) for whom English is a second language (English Second Language or ESL), must present evidence of proficiency in the English language. A TOEFL test is required for admission IN ADDITION to taking placement exams. You may obtain information about the TOEFL test by accessing their website at www.TOEFL.org. Once you have tested, you must include a copy of your TOEFL scores with your application prior to the application deadline.
TOEFL scores that meet PN application-requirements include:
PLEASE NOTE THESE EXCEPTIONS TO THE ENGLISH-PROFICIENCY APPLICATION REQUIREMENT:
Applicants from Australia, New Zealand, the British Isles, and the English-speaking provinces of Canada are exempt. Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university AND high school diploma from a United States high school are exempt.
Applicants from other countries where English is the primary language of instruction and the language spoken at home and by the indigenous population may petition for an exemption by emailing the Kiamichi Tech Director of Practical Nursing for assistance. That email address can be found on the Kiamichi Tech Practical Nursing website or send your email to email@example.com with a subject line that reads APPLICATION ENGLISH-PROFICIENCY REVIEW. Petitions for exemption must be submitted prior to the application deadline.
HISTORY OF CRIMINAL CHARGE, DISCIPLINARY ACTION, OR MENTAL INCOMPETENCE.
The Kiamichi Tech PN Application includes a section asking for information concerning the applicant’s criminal history. The four questions, required by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, have answers of “yes” or “no”, and with any answer of “yes”, additional information of the criminal-incident is requested. Please answer these questions honestly, as disclosing information of any record (whether misdemeanor or felony) will not negatively affect your application to the Kiamichi Tech PN Program.
OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS (applicants who live in Oklahoma) with a FELONY CONVICTION (felony conviction; not misdemeanor), MUST first petition for a Determination of Eligibility from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. This does not include convictions for crimes committed as a juvenile, or convictions that have been expunged by Order of a court of competent jurisdiction, although proof of such should be included with your application. For a list of crimes and/or convictions and for the Determination of Eligibility instructions, go to https://nursing.ok.gov/initialdeterm.pdf. Once a determination has been received from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, applicants to the Kiamichi Tech PN Program must include a copy of the documentation with their application prior to the application deadline.
The Oklahoma Board of Nursing has the authority to deny a license, recognition or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or an administrative penalty; or to issue and otherwise discipline a license, recognition or certificate to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on any professional or occupational license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. 657.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application-for-licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions.
ORDERING A CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS SEARCH OR BACKGROUND CHECK
Class Candidates chosen for the Kiamichi Tech PN Program will be given instructions on ordering a background check during their mandatory PN Signing/Orientation Event which generally occurs in May for part-time programs and June for full-time programs. Costs associated with a background check are the responsibility of the Candidate. Orders MUST be received prior to the first class day of any given year. Final acceptance to the Kiamichi Tech PN Program is conditional pending the results of the background check (results MUST meet Board of Nursing/Kiamichi Technology Centers criteria for admission into the Kiamichi Tech Practical Nursing program). Orders are company-specific; please do not order a background check prior to receiving proper instructions.
Immunization/Health Screening requirements are based on clinical institutions required documentation to attend clinicals. Additional immunizations/screenings may be required by clinical institutions.
EACH STUDENT MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF IMMUNITY AGAINST THE FOLLOWING DISEASES:
At this time, a COVID vaccination is not required, however, the need for specific vaccinations is determined by our clinical facilities, and Kiamichi Tech is obligated to follow clinical facility policies per our clinical affiliate agreements. KIAMICHI TECH PN STUDENTS WHO CANNOT ATTEND CLINICALS BECAUSE OF THEIR DECISION NOT TO VACCINATE, WILL BE UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE AND WILL BE DISMISSED FROM THE PROGRAM FOR “FAILURE TO COMPLETE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS”.
Evidence of Immunity must be completed and on file by the first-class day. Second-year part-time students must provide evidence of their “second” PPD by the first-class day of their second year. Students may not attend clinical until evidence of immunity is on file, resulting in an unexcused absence, and possible dismissal from the program for failure to complete program requirements. You are not required to upload immunization records to the PN Application; if selected for the PN Program, please bring immunization records with you the first class day.
SELECTING INTERVIEW CANDIDATES
Applicants who meet all application-requirements are chosen for interview. Kiamichi Tech PN uses a self-managed application process, which means it is the applicant’s responsibility to properly complete the application form, schedule testing in a timely manner, follow application directions, and include proper documentation with the application. Interviews generally occur in mid-to-late May and/or June. Interview invitations are sent via email approximately two weeks after the application deadline, thus it is very important that every applicant include an email address in their application that is accurate and checked on a regular basis.
Class Candidates for the Kiamichi Tech PN Program are selected by a committee that follows an unbiased, selection criteria. Points for each applicant are awarded based on that criteria, and class-candidates are then selected from highest to lowest score, until available seats are filled. Full-time programs have 24 available seats while part-time programs have 12. Each program has the option of selecting 2-4 alternates who may fill seats should a Class Candidate choose not to attend the program.
Points are awarded, using the following criteria, with ratings of “Poor”, “Fair”, “Good”, and “Superior”:
Other considerations include applicant characteristics such as:
The highest possible score, using the Kiamichi Tech PN Selection Criteria, is 76.
We are often asked for tips or suggestions to help submit a strong application. Because we select candidates using a point-system criteria, the applicant’s goal is to achieve the greatest number of points possible to help ensure they are selected for a seat. Here are some ways to increase your points:
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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Tuition costs for the 2024 program will be posted when available. From the Practical Nursing home-page, click “Tuition” for details.
Tuition costs for the Kiamichi Tech PN Program include textbooks, liability insurance, drug testing fees and more. Most supply items, such as scrubs, shoes, medical items (stethoscope, hemostat, bandage scissors), or various school supplies (computer/laptop, backpack, binders), etc. are not included in tuition costs; however, at times, some items may be provided for our students by various sources.
PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE ANY ITEMS IN ADVANCE!
Candidates will receive further instructions concerning supplies at the PN Signing Event (date and time to be announced at interviews) or by email from their instructor(s) in early August. If you haven’t received information by the day classes begin, don’t be concerned, as many of our instructors wait to review supply items during your first week of class.
Regardless of a student’s status as a medical marijuana licenses holder, marijuana is not allowed on Kiamichi Tech property or in any school vehicle or any vehicle transporting a student or at a clinical facility or Kiamichi Tech sponsored event away from school premises, under any circumstances. While the use of medical marijuana in conjunction with the possession of a medical marijuana license is legal in the State of Oklahoma, marijuana is a prohibited controlled substance under federal law regardless of the use being for medical purposes.
Do you have other questions? Please contact our PN Administrative Office for assistance by calling (580) 298-5160 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 24 – 48 hours for a response.
Meeting the application requirements does not guarantee admission to the Kiamichi Tech Practical Nursing Program.