The purpose of the Our Lady of the Lake College RN to
BSN/MSN Program is to provide
registered nurses with a broad educational foundation and the opportunity to
obtain the Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing degree. This program of study prepares
the student for professional leadership roles, career enhancement, and graduate/doctoral
study in nursing. It expands upon knowledge and skills essential to practice in
a rapidly changing health care environment.
The program is flexible and student-oriented. It is designed for diploma and ASN
prepared nurses who wish to further their education on a
part-time or full-time basis while continuing employment.
The RN- BSN/MSN program offers two tracks: nurse educator
and nurse administrator.
Upon completion of the RN to BSN/MSN Program, the graduate will be able to:
- Integrate spiritual, cultural and developmental concepts and
values in providing and managing care for clients.
- Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, biopsychosocial and
nursing sciences in providing and managing nursing care.
- Use management/ leadership skills and knowledge of the
socio-political system in providing comprehensive, therapeutic nursing care.
- Use the nursing process to provide nursing care for clients,
groups and communities.
- Collaborate with clients, groups, communities and other health
care providers in the delivery of health care.
- Incorporate findings from nursing and health-related research in
promoting health and in the delivery of nursing care.
- Participate in the delivery of health services by functioning in
nursing roles necessary to meet the needs of a changing society.
- Practice within the professionís legal and ethical boundaries to
meet the health care needs of clients, groups and communities.
- Assume responsibility for continuing personal, professional and
educational development necessary to function in a rapidly changing health care
- Have completed a diploma or associate
degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program.
- Current registered nurse licensure in
Louisiana or eligibility of same. (Applicants who have
graduated from an accredited RN program but have not yet
obtained RN licensure may be accepted on a provisional basis
for one semester.)
- Transfer credit for courses from other
accredited institutions and credit-by-examination will be
accepted according to OLOLC policy.
Students may apply for admission to the RN to BSN/MSN
Program during the last semester
of enrollment in an RN program (ASN or diploma) or after completion of an RN
program. Applicants should apply by May 1 for summer admission, by July 1 for
fall admission, and by December 1 for spring admission. Currently, there is no
selective admission process; however, early application is strongly encouraged
and may be required in order for the student to preregister for courses with
Full acceptance into the RN to BSN/MSN Program is awarded to those applicants who have
completed an RN program (diploma or ASN), obtained RN licensure in Louisiana,
and meet the admission requirements of OLOLC.
Provisional acceptance is granted for one semester only (fall, spring,
summer) to applicants who have not yet obtained RN licensure in Louisiana. The
student must meet full acceptance criteria for second semester enrollment in the
RN to BSN/MSN Program.
The studentís acceptance letter into the RN to BSN/MSN
Program will direct her/him to
contact a program advisor for academic advising. Students must see an academic
advisor prior to enrolling in the first semester of the RN
to BSN/MSN Program and prior
to enrolling in the last semester of the Program.
- Complete one hundred twenty (120) credit hours in the required courses;
- Complete RN-BSN nursing courses within five (5) 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
- Fulfill the residency requirement of 36 hours for the Bachelor
of Science degree; thirty of those hours must be at the 3000-4000 level and must
be taken at OLOLC;
- Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLC, including the
return of all materials borrowed from the College Library.