The purpose of the
Bachelor of Science in Nursing program of Our Lady of the Lake
College is to prepare bachelor 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 accelerated BSN 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
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is eligible to write
the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the graduate
will be able to:
Criteria for Admission
Applicants to accelerated BSN program 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: WRIT 1310; WRIT 1311; MATH 1315; MATH 2315, BIOL 2310;
BIOL 2310L, CHEM 1310; PSYC 1310; BIOL 2311;
BIOL 2311L, BIOL 2320; BIOL 2325; BIOL 2325L; PSYC 2330; RELS 1310
or RELS 2310, 3 hours of a fine arts elective, 9 hours of
arts and sciences with at least 3 hours at the 3000
level or higher; 6
hours of humanities, COMM 1310.
- Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
in pre-nursing courses in the nursing 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 BSN program
every 18 months. Applications for the accelerated program
is due as follows:
entry: January 15, 2012
Spring 2014 entry: July 15, 2013
Fall 2015 entry: January 15, 2015
Contact the Office of Admissions for
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 BSN 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
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is conferred upon students when the
following conditions have been met:
- Complete one hundred twenty (120) credit
hours in the required courses;
Complete the nursing courses within five (5) years;
- Achieve a cumulative grade point average
of 2.0 or higher on all college work;
- Achieve a grade of C or better on all
course work leading to the BSN degree;
- 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 OLOLC.
- Completion of the service-learning
requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree (completion
of a general education service-learning course and
completion of a nursing service-learning course);
- Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC, including 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 BSN program.
SAMPLE CURRICULUM PLAN
Total hours for the accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing degree = 73