The purpose of the accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program of
Our Lady of the Lake College is to prepare associate degree nurses who have the
necessary skills and competencies to meet the health care needs of God’s people
with compassion, understanding, respect, and dignity. The ASN Program provides
an avenue for socialization into the profession of nursing, fosters a commitment
for learning, and promotes continued intellectual growth. The graduate of
the accelerated nursing program receives an Associate of Science in Nursing
(ASN) degree and is eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination
for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The accelerated nursing program is an
intense 10-month program designed to provide an avenue into the nursing
profession for students who previously have earned a non-nursing baccalaureate
Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing program, the graduate
will be able to:
- Collect, analyze and prioritize relevant physical, developmental,
psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and functional assessment data to provide
individualized patient care.
- Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, evidence-based
information and knowledge from the arts and sciences to support sound clinical
- Plan and implement nursing care in a safe, compassionate and
culturally-sensitive manner that preserves human dignity and promotes growth of
individuals and families.
- Communicate effectively through verbal, nonverbal, written and
technological means with individuals, families, and healthcare providers.
- Utilize teaching and learning processes to promote, maintain and
restore health for individuals and families across the healthcare continuum.
- Manage the efficient, effective use of human, physical, financial
and technological resources in providing continuity of care within and across
- Collaborate with individuals, families and healthcare team
members in providing comprehensive, individualized patient care.
- Demonstrate accountability in adhering to standards of
professional practice within legal and ethical frameworks.
- Participate in activities that promote professional development
and personal growth.
Criteria for Admission
Applicants to accelerated ASN programs should meet the following admission
- Have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited
college or university.
- Be accepted for full admission to OLOLC.
- Be in good academic standing at OLOLC.
- Have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or
better: ENGL 1310; ENGL 1311; MATH 1315; BIOL 2310; CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1315; PSYC 1310; BIOL 2311;
BIOL 2320; BIOL 2325; BIOL 2325L; PSYC 2330; RELS 1310.
- Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on arts and
sciences courses in the ASN curriculum.
- Be in good academic standing from any previously admitted nursing
program(s); a letter of good standing should be submitted in support of the
application, and mailed to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.
Students are admitted to the accelerated ASN programs once per year. Applicants to any of the accelerated
ASN programs must submit an application specific to their accelerated ASN
program of choice. Applications for the accelerated programs are due in the
Office of Admissions as follows:
New Orleans (July start) –
New Orleans (January start) – August 15
Baton Rouge (September start) –
Metairie (September start) – January
For information related to making application, refer to the Admissions section
of this catalog.
Admission decisions are made in a manner consistent with the College’s policy on
admission. Applicants will be considered on a competitive basis. Factors
considered in the review of applications include: the six admission criteria
listed in this section of the catalog, the ability to meet the Core Performance
Standards of the School of Nursing (provided in this
catalog), and the College’s
policy on admission.
Once an invitation for admission to the ASN Program is extended to an applicant,
the applicant will be required to submit an Application for Approval to
Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form, submit to a criminal background
check and comply with the health and safety requirements of the College. A
discussion of each of these requirements follows.
The Nurse Practice Act of Louisiana requires that students must be approved by
the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) to practice as student nurses prior
to enrolling in clinical nursing courses. The LSBN requires persons who have
been arrested, charged with or convicted of any criminal offense in any state to
petition the Louisiana State Board in writing for the right to practice as a
student in Louisiana. The LSBN also requires persons who have any addiction or
impairment which may affect their ability to practice nursing to petition for
the right to practice as a student prior to enrolling in clinical nursing
courses. The Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course
form will be provided to students during new nursing student orientation.
Students must submit to a criminal background check per LSBN requirements.
Information on the procedure for completing the criminal background check will
be provided to the student during new nursing student orientation. Final program
acceptance may be contingent upon criminal background check results and LSBN
Students are required to comply with the health and safety requirements of Our
Lady of the Lake College as stipulated in this catalog and as updated by the
Office of Campus Health and Safety. Information related to these requirements
will be provided to students during new nursing student orientation. Students
are responsible for submitting to the Director of Campus Health and Safety
documentation of compliance with these requirements. Students who fail to comply
with the health and safety requirements will not be permitted to attend the
clinical component of their nursing courses and may be dismissed from the ASN
The Associate of Science in Nursing degree is conferred upon students when the
following conditions have been met:
- Completion of 73 credit hours in the required courses; completion
of the nursing courses within five years; failure to do so will result in a
requirement for the individual to re-apply to the School of Nursing;
- Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
on all college work with grades of "C" or above in all courses leading to the
Associate of Science in Nursing degree;
- Completion of all required standardized achievement examinations;
- Fulfillment of the residency requirement of
Academic Policies section);
- Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLCincluding the
return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National
Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The examination
is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and
effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Upon successful completion of
this examination, the graduate becomes licensed to legally practice as a
registered nurse in the State of Louisiana.
Each graduate must apply to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for licensure.
The Board of Nursing authorizes candidates to take the NCLEX-RN and provides the
registration form for NCLEX-RN. The Board of Nursing may deny a student
permission to take the NCLEX-RN for reasons including disciplinary action,
arrest, or impairment.
Applicants for licensure who have had a disciplinary action, arrest or
impairment must provide documentation of the circumstances of the action, arrest
or impairment to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Failure to disclose this
information may result in denial of licensure.
All of the arts and sciences courses listed in the curriculum plan must be taken prior to
admission to the accelerated ASN program.
Total hours for the accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing degree = 73