Dr. Curtis Baker

Central Tech proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Curtis Baker, Practical Nursing Coordinator, to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, effective March 26, 2024. This prestigious position, appointed by Governor Stitt, recognizes Dr. Baker’s significant contributions and dedication to the nursing profession and education. 

Baker brings to the Board a rich background in nursing and education, with degrees from Seminole Junior College, East Central University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Phoenix, culminating in a PhD in Nursing. His extensive educational background and professional experience will be invaluable in advancing the Board’s mission to protect the public and ensure the highest standards of nursing practice and education in Oklahoma. 

Reflecting on his appointment, Baker said, “When I found nursing, I found my home. When I found Central Tech, I found my vacation home.” His dedication to nursing and education is evident in his work and his desire to serve on the Board. “As an educator, I am committed to ensuring that our educational programs meet rigorous standards and accountability, and our nurses uphold professional integrity in every aspect of care. Serving on the Board allows me to give back to the profession that has given so much to me and to help safeguard the health and well-being of my family.” 

Kent Burris, superintendent of Central Tech, expressed the institution’s pride in Baker’s achievement: “We are immensely proud of Dr. Baker and his appointment to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. His dedication to nursing education and his commitment to excellence are reflective of Central Tech’s values and mission. This appointment is not only a testament to his hard work and dedication but also an honor for our entire district.” 

Baker’s term on the Board, which consists of 11 members, including 6 registered nurses, 3 licensed practical nurses, and 2 members from the public, will last for five years. His role will be crucial in shaping the future of nursing in Oklahoma, ensuring that the state’s nursing programs continue to meet the highest standards and that nurses across the state are equipped to provide the best possible care to their patients. 

Central Tech congratulates Dr. Baker on this prestigious appointment and looks forward to supporting him in his efforts to contribute to the nursing profession and the health and safety of the Oklahoma public.