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Associate of Science Degree
Nursing - Traditional Program

Purpose

The purpose of the traditional 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 Godís 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 this nursing program receives an Associate of Science in Nursing degree and is eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Collect, analyze and prioritize relevant physical, developmental, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and functional assessment data to provide individualized patient care.
  2. Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, evidence-based information and knowledge from the arts and sciences to support sound clinical decisions.
  3. Plan and implement nursing care in a safe, compassionate and culturally-sensitive manner that preserves human dignity and promotes growth of individuals and families.
  4. Communicate effectively through verbal, nonverbal, written and technological means with individuals, families, and healthcare providers.
  5. Utilize teaching and learning processes to promote, maintain and restore health for individuals and families across the healthcare continuum.
  6. Manage the efficient, effective use of human, physical, financial and technological resources in providing continuity of care within and across healthcare settings.
  7. Collaborate with individuals, families and healthcare team members in providing comprehensive, individualized patient care.
  8. Demonstrate accountability in adhering to standards of professional practice within legal and ethical frameworks.
  9. Participate in activities that promote professional development and personal growth.

Criteria for Admission

It is recommended that applicants to the traditional ASN program meet the following minimum admission criteria:

  1. Be accepted for full admission to OLOLC .
  2. Be in good academic standing at OLOLC .
  3. Have completed 6 credit hours at OLOLC .
  4. Have completed the following foundation courses with a grade of C or better: ACSM 1110, WRIT 1310, MATH 1315, BIOL 2310, CHEM 1310, and PSYC 1310.
  5. Have earned a grade point average of 2.75 or higher on arts and sciences courses in the ASN curriculum.
  6. Have earned a grade of C or better in the arts and sciences courses in the ASN curriculum.
  7. Be in good academic standing from any previously admitted nursing program(s).
  8. Have completed the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a composite score of 58.7% or higher.

The WIN Option (Walk into Nursing)

Students who exclusively take all arts and sciences courses toward the ASN degree at Our Lady of the Lake Collegeand who meet the minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the ASN Program.  Please contact the School of Nursing office at (225)768-1750 for more information.

Application Process

Applicants to the traditional ASN program must submit an application specific to the ASN program to the Office of Admissions by August 15 for the January class and by January 15 for the August class. For information related to making application, refer to the Admissions section of this catalog.

Admission Decisions

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 eight 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.

Once an invitation for admission to the traditional 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 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. 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 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.

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 students during new nursing student orientation. Final program acceptance may be contingent upon criminal background check results and LSBN approval.

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 traditional ASN Program.

Transfer Students

Students who have satisfactorily completed comparable, college-level nursing courses from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited institution may seek admission to the traditional ASN program by transfer of nursing credits. An assessment will be made of the studentís prior nursing coursework to determine placement.

Students requesting transfer into the traditional ASN program should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be accepted for full admission to OLOLC .
  2. Be eligible to re-enter the nursing program from which s/he is transferring.
  3. Have completed the following foundation courses with a grade of C or better:  ACSM 1110, WRIT 1310, MATH 1315, BIOL 2310, CHEM 1310, and PSYC 1310.
  4. Have earned a grade of C or better on all transfer courses in the ASN curriculum.
  5. Have earned a grade point average of 2.75 or higher on arts and science courses required in the ASN curriculum.

Students transferring into the traditional ASN program must:

  1. Arrange an interview with the School of Nursingís Director of Undergraduate Programs to discuss transfer credits and placement in the curriculum.
  2. Provide a transcript of all previous college work at the time of the interview.
  3. Submit course descriptions and course content from completed nursing course(s) at the time of the interview.
  4. Submit a letter of good standing from prior nursing program(s). This letter from the administrative head of the prior program(s) should be mailed directly to the Director of Undergraduate Programs to be received by the time of the interview.
  5. Submit an application specific to the traditional ASN Program to the Office of Admissions by August 15 for the January class and by January 15 for the August class.
  6. Submit a letter to the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee of the School of Nursing requesting transfer into the traditional ASN Program.

Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree is conferred upon students when the following conditions have been met:

  • Completion of seventy-two to seventy-three (72-73) credit hours in the required courses; completion of nursing courses within five (5) years. Failure to do so will result in the 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 one service-learning course with a grade of C or better;
  • Completion of all required standardized achievement examinations;
  • Fulfillment of the residency requirement of OLOLC , (see Academic Policies section);
  • Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC  including the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.

Licensure

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.

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

The practice of nursing requires specific skills, attributes and qualities. The core performance standards of the School of Nursing apply to all nursing students regardless of program.  These standards identify the behavioral criteria which allow the student to safely perform nursing care and successfully progress in the nursing program.  A complete listing of the Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression can be located in the current edition of the Nursing Student Handbook available at the college website (www.ololcollege.edu).

Curriculum Plan for the traditional Associate of Science in Nursing degree

Semester 1

Credit Hours

Semester 2

Credit Hours

ACSM 1110

1

BIOL 2311

3

WRIT 1310

3

BIOL 2320

3

MATH 1315

3

NURS 1310

3

BIOL 2310

3

NURS 1710

7

PSYC 1310

3

CHEM 1310

3

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

16

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Credit Hours

Semester 4

Credit Hours

PSYC 2330

3

WRIT 1311

3

BIOL 2325

3

NURS 2710 (7 weeks)

5

BIOL 2325L

3

NURS 2715 (7 weeks)

4

NURS 1715 (7 weeks)

5

NURS 1720 (7 weeks)

4

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

12

 

 

 

 

Semester 5

Credit Hours

RELS 1310

3

NURS 2720 (7 weeks)

4

NURS 2725 (7 weeks)

6

Semester Credit Hours

13

 Total hours for the traditional Associate of Science in Nursing degree = 72-73 credit hours