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Bachelor of Science Degree
Nursing, BSN Program


The purpose of the Our Lady of the Lake College BSN Program is to provide students with a strong educational 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. Provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families communities, and populations across the lifespan, the health continuum, and healthcare contexts. 

  2. Integrate knowledge from the arts, sciences and nursing in the delivery of high quality nursing care.

  3. Translate existing evidence into safe nursing practice.

  4. Communicate and collaborate in respectful partnerships to optimize health.

  5. Function as a leader within dynamic healthcare systems using knowledge of health policy and legal principles.

  6. adhere to ethical principles while serving as advocate and healthcare provider.

  7. Develop a spirit of inquiry and reflection for continuous personal and professional growth.

Admission Criteria

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 OLOLC.

2.   Be in good academic standing at OLOLC.

3.   Have completed 9 credit hours at OLOLC.

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*.

5.   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 nursing program(s).

8.   Have completed the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a composite score of 58.7 or higher. The time limit for the TEAS exam is five years.

*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).  Please see the section “Upon acceptance into the BSN Program…" below.

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.

Application Process

Applicants to the traditional BSN program must submit an application specific to the BSN program to the Office of Admissions by July 15 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

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 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 College’s policy on admission.

Upon acceptance into the BSN Program, students are required to:

1.      1. Attend new nursing student orientation,
    2. Submit an Application for Approval to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form,
Submit to a criminal background check at the student’s expense,  
Comply with the health and safety requirements of Our Lady of the Lake College School of Nursing, and
Submit a $150 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space in the nursing program.  The deposit must be submitted with

            the acceptance 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 requirements include:

1.    MMR, Tetanus-diptheria booster, and meninogoccal immunizations,

2.    Hepatitis vaccine series,

3.    Evidence of immunity to varicella (chickenpox) or the vaccine,

4.    TB (tuberculosis) skin test,

5.    Evidence of influenza vaccine,

6.    Physical exam,

7.    Negative drug screen,

8.    Current CPR (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.

Graduation Requirements

  • 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, completion of a nursing service-learning course);
  • Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC, including the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.