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Bachelor of Science Degree
Nursing – Fast Track Program
 

Purpose

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 fast track 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 (NCLEX-RN).

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 and change agent within dynamic healthcare systems using knowledge of health policy and legal principles.
  6. Adhere to ethical principles while serving as an advocate and caring healthcare provider.
  7. Apply the spirit of inquiry and reflection to support continuous personal and professional growth.

Criteria for Admission

Applicants to fast track BSN program should meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Be accepted for full admission to OLOLC.
  3. Be in good academic standing at OLOLC.
  4. 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, 6 hours of arts and sciences electives at the 3000 level or above; 6 hours of arts and sciences electives, COMM 1310.
  5. Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in pre-nursing courses in the nursing curriculum.
  6. 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.

Application Process

Students are admitted to the fast track BSN program every 18 months.  Applications for the accelerated program is due as follows:

Fall 2012 entry:               January 15, 2012
Spring 2014 entry:          July 15, 2013
Fall 2015 entry:               January 15, 2015

Contact the Office of Admissions for more details.

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 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 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 BSN Program.

Graduation Requirements

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

  1. Complete one hundred twenty (120) credit hours in the required courses;
  2. Complete the nursing courses within five (5) years;
  3. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all college work;
  4. Achieve a grade of C or better on all course work leading to the BSN degree;
  5. Completion of at least 50% of the nursing credit hours at OLOLC;
  6. Fulfill the residency requirement of 54 hours for the Bachelor of Science degree with the last 30 hours completed at OLOLC.
  7. 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);
  8. 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.

 Fast track BSN Program Curriculum

All of the arts and sciences courses listed in the curriculum plan must be taken prior to admission to the fast track BSN program.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM PLAN
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
Prerequite Courses
WRIT 1310 College Writing I 3
WRIT 1311 College Writing II 3
MATH 1315 College Algebra 3
MATH 2315 General Statistics 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Chemistry 3
BIOL 2310 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 2310L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL 2311 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 2311L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
BIOL 2320 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3
BIOL 2325 Fundamentals of Mircobiology 3
BIOL 2325L Fundamentals of Mircobiology Lab 1
PSYC 1310 Introductory Psychology 3
PSYC 2330 Psychology Across the Lifespan 3
RELS 1310/2310 Religious Studies 3
Fine Arts Fine arts elective 3
Humanities Humanities Elective 6
Arts/Science Arts/Sciences Elective 6
Arts/Science Arts/Sciences Elective (3000 Level or above) 3
COMM 1310 Interperonal Communication 3
  Total 60
Nursing Courses
NURS 1110 Transition to Accelerated Nursing 1
NURS 1730 Intro to Nursing Concepts 4
NURS 2410 Nursing Assessment 4
NURS 2310 Pathophysiology 3
NURS 2415 Pharmacology 4
NURS 3710 Nursing Concepts I 7
NURS 3720 Nursing Concepts II 6
NURS 3725 Nursing Concepts III 6
NURS 3310 Research in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 4330 Professional Nursing I 3
NURS 4715 Nursing Concepts IV 5
NURS 4720 Nursing Concepts V 5
NURS 4925 Clinical Immersion 4
NURS 4210 Professional Nursing II 2
NURS 4915 Capstone Project 2
NURS Elective 1
  Total 23
  Bachelor total hours 120

 

Total hours for the fast track Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree = 120 credit hours