The purpose of the Our Lady of the
Lake College BSN Program is to provide students with a strong basis
by building on a liberal education in the arts and sciences to
prepare competent, self-directed nurse generalists who can assume
leadership roles in the delivery of evidenced-based nursing care.
The baccalaureate programs established a solid foundation for
graduate education, professional leadership roles, and career
enhancement by providing the knowledge and skills essential to
practice in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
Upon completion of the BSN Program, the graduate will be able to:
1. Integrate knowledge from the arts,
sciences, and the discipline of nursing in the delivery of
competent, high quality nursing care across the lifespan.
2. Integrate the use of technology
when providing nursing care of individuals, populations, and
3. Integrate the use of research
findings when providing nursing care of individuals, populations,
4. Engage in the practice of nursing
that reflects a holistic view of self and others.
5. Communicate and collaborate with
appropriate others to advocate for and optimize the health of all
members of the global society.
6. Promote the development of caring
relationships that facilitate health and healing.
7. Function as a leader for promoting
change that facilitates the attainment of health for individuals,
groups, and communities in the global society.
8. Assimilate the values of morality,
ethics, and spirituality in the practice of nursing.
9. Demonstrate accountability for
oneís own nursing practice, professional development, and life-long
An applicant must complete 31-32
hours of required pre-nursing courses. Of the 31-32 hours of
required prerequisites, the following 16-17 hours of prerequisites
must be completed prior to application with a grade of C or better
and appear on the transcript.
ACSM 1110: Introduction to College Education (1 credit hour)
WRIT 1310: College Writing I (3 credit hours)
MATH 1315: College Algebra (3 credit hours)
CHEM 1310: Introduction to Chemistry (3 credit hours)
BIOL 2310: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credit hours)
BIOL 2310L: Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 credit hour)
PSYC 1310: Introductory Psychology (3 credit hours)
Additionally, it is recommended that applicants to the BSN Program
meet the following minimum admission criteria:
1. Be accepted for full admission to
2. Be in good academic standing at
3. Have completed 9 credit hours at
4. Have completed with a grade of C or better or have in progress
the following pre-requisite courses: WRIT 1311, BIOL 2311, BIOL
2311L, BIOL 2325, BIOL 2325L, PSYC 2330, NURS 1730*.
Have earned a grade point average of 2.75 or higher on
non-nursing courses in the BSN curriculum.
6. Have earned a grade of C or better in the non-nursing courses in
the BSN curriculum.
7. Be in good academic standing from any previously admitted
8. Have completed the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
version 5 with
a composite score of 58.7% or higher. Please note: an applicant
who has earned a non-nursing baccalaureate degree or higher is
exempt from taking the TEAS exam.
*Please note: These prerequisite
courses must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to
beginning the first semester of the nursing curriculum.
Final program acceptance is contingent on approval from the
Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).
The WIN Option (Walk into Nursing)
Students who exclusively take all arts and sciences courses toward
the BSN degree at Our Lady of the Lake College and who meet the
minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the BSN
Program. Please contact the School of Nursing office at
(225)768-1750 for more information.
Applicants to the traditional BSN program must submit an application
specific to the BSN program to the Office of Admissions by July15
for the January class and by January 15 for the August class. For
general information related to making application, refer to the
Admissions section of this catalog. Students applying to the School
of Nursing will be required to submit a paragraph or more outlining
experiences that support your interest in nursing and the College.
Admission decisions are made in a manner consistent with the
Collegeís policy on admission. Applicants will be considered on a
competitive basis. Factors considered in the review of applications
include: the nine admission criteria listed in this section of the
catalog, the ability to meet the Core Performance Standards of the
School of Nursing and the Collegeís policy on admission.
Upon acceptance into the BSN Program, students are required to:
nursing student orientation,
Submit an Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical
Nursing Course form,
3.Submit to a criminal background check at the studentís expense,
4.Comply with the health and safety requirements of
Our Lady of the Lake College School of Nursing, and
5.Submit a $150 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space in the
nursing program. The deposit must be submitted with the
letter and will be applied to the tuition.
The Nurse Practice Act of Louisiana requires that all students must
be approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) to enroll
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 of Nursing 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 a clinical
nursing course. The Application for Approval to Enroll in a
Clinical Nursing Course form will be provided to the student
during new nursing student orientation. Final program acceptance
is contingent upon LSBN approval.
School of Nursing Health and Safety Requirements
All health and safety requirements should be completed prior to the
start of any clinical course including NURS 1730. These
Tetanus-diptheria booster, and meninogoccal immunizations,
2. Hepatitis vaccine
immunity to varicella (chickenpox) or the vaccine,
4. TB (tuberculosis)
7. Negative drug
(American Heart Association approved)
TB skin test, influenza vaccine, and CPR must be updated yearly.
Random drug screens maybe required during the program of study. All
health and safety requirements must be submitted to the Director,
Office of Health and Safety. Non-compliance will result in removal
from a clinical course.
Complete one hundred twenty (120) credit hours in the required
Complete the nursing courses within nine (9) years;
Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all
Achieve a grade of C or better on all course work leading to the
Completion of at least 50% of the nursing credit hours at OLOLC
Fulfill the residency requirement of 54 hours for the Bachelor
of Science degree with the last 30 hours completed at
Completion of the service-learning requirement for the Bachelor
of Science degree (completion of a general education
service-learning course, completion of a nursing
Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC , including the
return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.
Curriculum Plan for the BSN Program