History

The Oakland University Board of Trustees established the School of Nursing (SON) in 1974, and the first students were admitted in the fall of 1975. At that time, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree was the only academic degree awarded by the SON. Graduate nursing programs began in 1984 leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was established in 2006.

At the undergraduate level, the study of nursing builds upon a foundation of the arts, humanities, and sciences. The pre-licensure tracks in the undergraduate program (Basic-BSN and Accelerated Second Degree) prepare students for entry into professional nursing practice. The SON also offers a RN-BSN degree completion sequence which is taught entirely online for registered nurses who wish to earn a BSN degree. The Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) track was added to the undergraduate program in 2005 for students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in another academic area. 

At the master’s degree level of the curriculum, students may select from a variety of advanced practice nursing specialty tracks, including nurse anesthesia, adult/gerontological nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. At the doctoral level, the SON offers a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The DNP is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice.

All of the Oakland University School of Nursing academic programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).