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Bachelor of Science Degree
LPN - BSN Program

Purpose

The purpose of the LPN-BSN Transition Program is to provide the opportunity for students with previously acquired nursing knowledge and skills as a Licensed Practical Nurse to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and to write the NCLEX-RN.

Admission Criteria

Applicants to the LPN-BSN Transition Program should meet the following criteria for admission:

  1. Current LPN licensure at the time of application and admission.
  2. Be accepted for full admission to OLOLC.
  3. Be in good academic standing at OLOLC.
  4. Have completed nine credit hours at OLOLC.
  5. Have earned a grade point average of 2.75 or higher on arts and science courses in the nursing curriculum.
  6. Have successfully completed the following required arts and science courses with a grade of "C" or better: ACSM 1110, WRIT 1310, WRIT 1311, MATH 1315, MATH 2315, BIOL 2310, BIOL 2310L, BIOL 2311, BIOL 2311L, BIOL 2320, BIOL 2325, BIOL 2325L, CHEM 1310, PSYC 1310 and PSYC 2330, RELS 1310 OR 2310.
  7. Have earned a grade of C or better in the non-nursing courses in the BSN curriculum.
  8. Have completed the TEAS (Test of Essential Academics Skills) exam.

Application Process

Applicants to the LPN-BSN program must submit an application specific to the LPN-BSN program to the Office of Admissions by July 15 for the January cohort or by January 15 for August cohort. For general 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 College’s policy on admission. Applicants will be considered on a competitive basis. Factors considered in the review of applications include: the 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.

Once admitted into the LPN-BSN Program, the student will enroll in NURS 2735: Role Transition for the LPN-BSN, a six-credit course. Once the transition student successfully completes the transition course, NURS 2735, with a grade of “C" or better, the student progresses to the third year of the traditional BSN Program. Nine hours of credit will be granted for LPN education at the time of graduation.

To obtain specific information regarding the application process and program requirements, students should schedule an appointment with a LPN-BSN Program advisor.

*Please note: Final Program acceptance is contingent on approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN)

Upon Acceptance into the LPN-BSN Program, students are required to:

1. Attend new student orientation.
2. Submit an Application to Enroll in a Clinical Nursing Course form.
3. Submit to a criminal background check at the student's expenses.
4. Comply with the health and safety requirements of Our Lady of the Lake College School of Nursing.
5. 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 the 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 upon admission to the LPN BSN Program. These requirements include:

1.
MMR, Tetanus-diptheria booster, and meninogoccal immunization
2.  Hepatitis vaccine series
3.
 Evidence of immunity to varicella (chicken pox) or the vaccine
4.
TB (tuberculosis) skin test
5.   Evidence of influenza vaccine
6.   Physical Exam
7.   Negative drug screen
8.   Current CPR certification (American Heart Association approved)

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.

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.

Sample Curriculum Plan